Special duties of the University of Helsinki

The University of Helsinki has several duties of national importance which, among other things, maintain the national cultural heritage, secure the status of Swedish-language university education and bring together research conducted in certain disciplines.

For the term 2017–2020, the University of Helsinki’s special duties prescribed by law and treaties are the following:

National Library of Finland

Cultural heritage is shared wealth, and we are all responsible for its preservation. The National Library of Finland is responsible for the collection, description, preservation and accessibility of Finland’s printed national heritage and the unique collections under its care. The Library also functions as a national service and development unit for the whole library branch. National Library of Finland website

Finnish Museum of Natural History Luomus

The Finnish Museum of Natural History Luomus is an independent institute of the University of Helsinki. It preserves and maintains the national collections in the natural sciences and conducts related research. Luomus website

Swedish School of Social Science

The Swedish School of Social Science is a Swedish-language unit of the social sciences with a Nordic and international profile that employs a multidisciplinary approach to both education and research. The school conducts a significant part of the bilingual operations of the University of Helsinki. Swedish School of Social Science website

Veterinary Teaching Hospital

The Veterinary Teaching Hospital is a top-level unit in veterinary care that provides treatment to more than 20,000 animal patients every year. Veterinary Teaching Hospital website

Aleksanteri Institute

The Aleksanteri Institute is a national research centre in the field of Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian studies under the auspices of the University of Helsinki. Aleksanteri Institute website

Institute of Criminology and Legal Policy KRIMO

The Institute of Criminology and Legal Policy KRIMO, formerly the National Research Institute of Legal Policy, is a research institute at the University of Helsinki, specialising in the research and monitoring of crime and legal policy in Finland. KRIMO website

Centre for Consumer Society Research

The Centre for Consumer Society Research studies the development of consumption and the consumer society, as well as the links between cultural, social, economic and political phenomena, and consumers and the consumer society. Centre For Consumer Society Research website

Helsinki Institute of Physics HIP

The Helsinki Institute of Physics HIP is a joint research institute between the University of Helsinki, Aalto University, the University of Jyväskylä, the Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology and the Tampere University of Technology, with national duties. HIP website

Mikkeli University Consortium MUC

The Mikkeli University Consortium (MUC) is a competence cluster of three universities and approximately 120 individuals. The consortium is based on an agreement between Aalto University, the University of Helsinki, the Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology and the City of Mikkeli. Mikkeli University Consortium website

Lahti University Campus

The Lahti University Campus is an international competence cluster based on an agreement between universities and the City of Lahti, part of Lahti's regional innovation environment. At the campus, universities conduct multidisciplinary research and provide research-based teaching, as well as promote the regional impact of operations. Lahti University Campus website

LUMA Centre Finland

The aim of LUMA Centre Finland is to inspire and motivate children and youth to do mathematics, science and technology through the latest methods and activities of science and technology education, as well as to support the lifelong learning of teachers throughout Finland from early childhood education to universities and to strengthen the development of research-based teaching. LUMA Centre Finland website

Teacher training schools

The academic mission of the teacher training schools is to organise the teaching practice included in the University’s teacher education in a teacher training school, to supervise this teaching practice and to develop it further. University of Helsinki teacher training schools

Rare languages and cultures

The University of Helsinki has a special duty of national importance in education and research related to rare languages and cultures. Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki

Other special duties of the University of Helsinki

Institute of Seismology

Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention VERIFIN