Globally connected

The University of Helsinki is extremely engaged internationally. In addition to the contacts of individual academics, research groups, departments and faculties, the University belongs to a number of international organisations and networks and is in the process of establishing new kinds of far-reaching partnerships. Through these partnerships, University of Helsinki intends to offer and create ever better research and teaching and also to build up its reputation as a global research university.

UNA Europa is one of 17 networks funded by the European Union to strengthen the European university sector. Its aim is to lay the foundations for the European university of the future.

The partners are committed to developing in-depth cooperation and long-term integration between them, focusing on excellent and innovative research and teaching, as well as boosting international opportunities for students and staff. Aiming to go beyond traditional geographical and disciplinary boundaries, the collaboration will result in a ‘multi-campus’ university model, ensuring that graduates and researchers are equipped to shape the future.

On 4 October 2019, the University of Helsinki joined the UNA Europa alliance.

Una Europa is currently in the process of laying the foundations for One Health research and education.


The League of European Research Universities, better known as LERU, is a network of 23 leading research-intensive universities based in 10 countries around Europe and the University of Helsinki is one of the founding members. LERU universities share the values of high-quality teaching within an environment of internationally competitive research.


  • is a prominent advocate for the promotion of basic research at European research universities 
  • maintains a dialogue and cooperates with EU-related organisations active in the higher education and research arena on topics such as Horizon 2020, Erasmus+ and the European Research Area
  • provides a constant exchange of knowledge, best practices and interesting projects on topics such as research data, social sciences and humanities, innovative doctoral training, research impact, enterprise and innovation, gender, e-learning and many more

Read more about LERU

In addition to the University’s many agreements of collaboration and memoranda of understanding , a new initiative has been launched to establish a much smaller number of partnerships with leading global research universities. These Strategic Partnerships drive the University’s research and talent development agenda. At the heart of this concept is the belief that carefully selecting partner universities with similar or corresponding interests, creates strong and novel research as well as new opportunities for collaboration in doctoral training.

Currently the University of Helsinki has designated three strategic partners; The University of Edinburgh in United Kingdom, Stockholm University in Sweden and Peking University in P.R. China. With the partner universities a limited number of priority areas have been jointly designated. These are:

Peking University

  • Air Quality
  • Comparative Law
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Medicine/Oncology

Stockholm University

The University of Edinburgh

  • Human genomics
  • Forestry

University of the Arctic is a cooperative network of universities, colleges, research institutes and other organizations concerned with education and research in and about the North. UArctic builds and strengthens collective resources and collaborative infrastructure that enables member institutions to better serve their constituents and their regions. Through cooperation in education, research and outreach the network enhances human capacity in the North, promotes viable communities and sustainable economies, and forges global partnerships.

University of Helsinki participates in Arctic research collaboration through UArctic thematic networks. UH is an active player in the north2north student mobility scheme operating within the UArctic consortium.

University of Helsinki is a proud member of the World 100 Reputation Network:  a group of the best universities in the world, undertaking research that enhances professional activity in and around reputation management, international relations and strategy.

The World 100 Reputation Network membership is exclusive to universities in the world 200 rankings, or those ranked in the top 200 in the past 3 years. Via the network, UH has the opportunity to be engaged in one annual research project that pushes forward the boundaries of knowledge around reputation. In 2015, the network will undertake research covering areas such as strategic planning for communications, current communications priorities, internationalization, choosing partners, and key stakeholders and the media.

Research on reputation informs practice and progresses strategy. In the World 100 Reputation Network University of Helsinki has the opportunity to benchmark with other world-class universities and to share innovative perspectives on global brand building.

One of the four strategic objectives of the University of Helsinki Strategy 2013-2016 is that the University is a responsible social force. In addition to serving the Finnish society, the University sees itself very much an advocate of sustainable global development. A major aspect of this advocacy is seeking to promote academic freedom and integrity around the world. In 2014 the University became a member in the Scholars at Risk (SAR) network, which aims at protecting individual scholars and higher education communities from repression of their research publication, teaching and learning.  This is accomplished by placing scholars in jeopardy of persecution in host universities, offering workshops and trainings and by inviting speakers from other universities in the network.

The network consists of more than 200 universities from well over 30 countries.

For further information on SAR and the University of Helsinki, please contact Markus Laitinen:


UNICA, Universities in the Capitals of Europe is an institutional network of 46 universities from 35 capital cities of Europe, combining over 150,000 staff and 1,800,000 students. UNICA provides a forum for its Members to reflect on the latest developments and demands of strategic change in university research, education and administration.

European University Association (EUA) is the representative organisation of universities and national rectors’ conferences in 47 European countries. EUA plays a crucial role in the Bologna Process and in influencing EU policies on higher education, research and innovation.

IAU, International Association of Universities, founded in 1950, is the UNESCO-based worldwide association of higher education institutions. It brings together institutions and organisations from some 120 countries for reflection and action on common concerns and collaborates with various international, regional and national bodies active in higher education.

Euraxess - Researchers in Motion is a unique pan-European initiative delivering information and support services to professional researchers. Backed by the European Union and its Member States, it supports researcher mobility and career development, while enhancing scientific collaboration between Europe and the world.

The University of Helsinki is the bridgehead organization of Euraxess Finland.


The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is an EU body created by the European Union in 2008 to strengthen Europe’s ability to innovate. The EIT supports the development of dynamic, long-term European partnerships among leading companies, research labs and higher education. These partnerships are called Innovation Communities and each is dedicated to finding solutions to a specific global challenge.

The University of Helsinki is part of two EIT Innovation Communities: EIT Food and EIT Digital.