Strategic Plan 2017-2020

The University of Helsinki is building a better, more sustainable world by involving itself more actively in the resolution of global problems. Multidisciplinary research, teaching and learning of a high standard generate new knowledge and know-how for the benefit of humankind. Forward and fresh thinking, an attentive and proactive attitude, and creative interaction will help the University of Helsinki to solidify its position among the foremost universities in the world.

The University will achieve its vision by engaging in increasingly close cooperation with both its established and new partners and stakeholders in Finland and abroad. Collaboration creates more impact than individual efforts.

To achieve its vision, the University of Helsinki has selected three strategic objectives for the period 2017–2020: A creative, international environment for learning and top-level research, a focus on the student and resources for reform.

University of Helsinki aims to have established itself as a cutting-edge research and learning environment that attracts students, researchers and partners from all over the world. A high-quality infrastructure and extensive digital resources will enable creative work in the academic community. The University will bolster its key research areas by collaborating with its international partners.

The University will offer its students competitive degree programmes and degrees of broader scope than before. Right from the beginning of their studies, students will have the opportunity to participate in research.

The University of Helsinki will be acclaimed for its open and experimental culture. The staff will be offered opportunities for professional development to meet the changing


The mission of the University of Helsinki is as follows:

High-quality research and education as well as active social interaction for a better world.

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The University of Helsinki’s activities are guided by the core value of the quest for truth. The starting point of research and teaching is the pursuit of truth and new knowledge. The basic characteristic of an academic, whether a researcher, teacher or a student, is a critical mindset. The University must continuously reassess the results of its own operations and the current state of society.

The University fosters multifaceted education and profound learning both at home and abroad. The University enhances economic, intellectual and social wellbeing by offering research results and educating experts for the service of society.

Another key value is the wellbeing of the University community. The University cultivates its work and learning environments in ways that allow creativity to flourish. Critical thinking and creativity entail freedom of research and teaching, which stem from the autonomy of universities.

As we operate in a global environment, high-level research is critical for our success now and in the future. Read more about our goals as a global university!