The Swedish School of Social Science was established in 1943 to meet the need for competent Swedish-speaking employees for various sectors of society. Studies at the Swedish School of Social Science have become significantly more academic in nature, but its connection to the surrounding society has remained the School’s highest priority.
Surveys have shown that graduates are typically employed in leadership positions with a strong connection to their field of studies. In addition, more and more graduates are finding employment in international positions.
The Swedish School of Social Science, commonly known by its Swedish abbreviation Soc&kom, engages in extensive research and study cooperation with public administration as well as other organisations outside the University. For example, Soc&kom works with ministries and municipalities, the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, the Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle), the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (Tekes), the Centre of Excellence on Social Welfare in the Swedish-speaking and bilingual municipalities in Finland (FSKC) as well as Swedo-Finnish foundations. Contacts with the Swedo-Finnish community are particularly important for Soc&kom. The School also provides statements to support the drafting of legislation, and its researchers participate in official debates.
The School closely cooperates with other universities and institutions of higher education in Finland and the Nordic countries. The cooperation is not based on research alone, and Soc&kom projects relating to students or society at large are often carried out together with the Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Åbo Akademi University or Södertörn University in Sweden.
Soc&kom has an active alumni organisation, named Soc&koms vänner (Friends of Soc&kom), which strengthens the bond between the School and the world of work.