The Finnish school system is world famous. Its success lies in research-based policies and practice, long-term investment in equality, and in teachers – the backbone of our education system. The University of Helsinki educates experts in teaching and education, while investigating how we learn and creating an education system that works for everyone. We are pioneers in the concept of lifelong learning, believing no one should be left behind.

At the University of Helsinki, we conduct research into the skills of the future: how we can learn better and how digital solutions can promote our learning. Brain research shows phenomena related to learning in a new light. Sustainable development and equality introduce pressing questions to the discussion on education, the solving of which requires research-based knowledge.

Research-based teacher education is at the heart of the Finnish school system. At the University of Helsinki, you have the opportunity to educate yourself into a specialist in education. Our teaching training practice, which trains students in the profession, is globally unique.

Students make the future, which is why courses in sustainability and entrepreneurship, among other topics, are offered to students of all fields at the University of Helsinki.

Learning belongs to everyone, regardless of age, which is why we also invest in science education and academic outreach for children and adolescents.

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Educate yourself into an expert or supplement your skills

We educate experts of education, teaching and learning. At the University, you can complete an entire degree, or supplement your skills by taking different courses at a time of your choosing.

In the two-year Master’s Programme in Changing Education, you get an understanding of education as a dynamic and transformable construct from the individual neural level to global policies. You also gain the knowledge and skills to analyse, develop and influence the practices and structures of education systems, institutions, teaching and pedagogical issues.

Another option is to complete parts of the Master’s Programme in Changing Education at the Open University. In total, the Open University offers over 1,000 courses from dozens of fields.

In Finnish and Swedish, the study tracks available in education include special education, home economics, crafts, class teacher training, early childhood education teacher training as well as general education and adult education.

Read about our research

In a changing world, human growth, development, learning, interaction, education and teaching are always relevant.  At the University of Helsinki, skills of the future are investigated and questions pertaining to equality in education are addressed.

Read about our current research and explore our research groups.

Participate in building a better future with us

We collaborate with a number of partners globally. Interested? Explore the options for collaboration and get in touch.