An architect of Bildung and sustainable wellbeing for future generations
The University of Helsinki is a community of research and learning based on courageous thought and dialogue. In 2030, the University will be one of the leading universities in the world. We will be a nationally and internationally recognised stronghold of edification. Our success will be based on in-depth and innovative discipline-specific knowledge, interdisciplinary research and teaching of a high standard.
We will produce cultural and knowledge capital, which will not only draw from research but also from innate maturity, integrity, tolerance and life-long learning. We will consolidate our position as a leading national force and significant international influence known for its initiative and vision in the formulation of science and education policies.
We will meet society’s needs for knowledge. We will generate understanding for the benefit of society through responsible and ethical research and teaching – for the world. As a result, research-based knowledge will increasingly be used to support societal decision-making in 2030. The key challenges of mitigating climate change, preserving biodiversity, using natural resources sustainably, safeguarding health and wellbeing, and maintaining social cohesion can be addressed by making use of the comprehensive research-based knowledge produced by the University.
In 2030, the University of Helsinki will be the best place to study, teach, work and engage in research. The University will be an attractive employer and partner both nationally and internationally. We will develop our operations further based on the model of four campuses. The University will retain its status as a public university.
Sustainability and responsibility will guide all our operations. Our research and teaching will enhance sustainable wellbeing through interaction with the surrounding society.
To be a stronger advocate of Bildung and a dynamic architect of wellbeing, we have adopted the following vision for 2030:
With the power of knowledge – for the world
Groundbreaking basic research, open-minded curiosity and cooperation that transcends boundaries are the requirements for being one of the world’s top academic institutions. In the spirit of global responsibility, we will build a sustainable future by generating knowledge for finding solutions to both local and global issues and thereby benefiting the global community.
We will pursue the following strategic choices to implement our vision:
- Knowledge and learning are for everyone.
- Openness enhances scientific research and collaboration.
- Our University is the best place to study and work.
- Our University is a leader in responsibility and sustainability.
Research and education constitute the core of our duties. We will advance our discipline-specific expertise, invest in top-level multidisciplinary and independent basic research, support collaboration between disciplines, and consolidate the link between research and teaching. We will offer opportunities in continuous learning to not only just our degree students. With the help of science education and communication, we will disseminate scientific literacy among various age and demographic groups outside the University.
Openness is a fundamental precondition for the implementation of our core duties. Open science and open-access data will promote the development of research and make research-based knowledge available throughout society. An open operational culture will boost public engagement, create a community that values diverse encounters and provide an environment that helps individuals develop the skills required for ethical, critical and responsible reform.
Our success hinges on a healthy, equal and engaged University community. We will foster and further develop democratic processes at the University and encourage members of the University community to engage in issues involving the whole community. The University will be known as an attractive employer and as a community advocating diversity and dialogue.
We will promote responsibility and sustainability not only in research and teaching, but also in every choice we make. We will actively initiate discussion and fulfil our role as a trendsetter on the way towards a more responsible, equal, tolerant and democratic world.
The University’s values – truth, Bildung, freedom and inclusivity – constitute the foundation of our operations and interaction, while also guiding our choices and reforms.