The University of Helsinki actively develops society, engenders welfare and solves global challenges. Our operations are thoroughly guided by social responsibility. We are committed to promoting sustainable development in research, teaching and public engagement. As a multidisciplinary university, we are able to produce solutions for global problems based on sustainable development. The Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science HELSUS provides researchers with an inspirational multidisciplinary environment that encourages investigating, experimenting and seeking the best possible solutions for a sustainable future. In the future, we wish to ensure the sustainability and responsibility of our activities in terms of ecology, society, finances and culture. Our campus development is increasingly consistently carried out in accordance with the principles of sustainable development.
University of Helsinki compensates for air travel emissions
Compensation for the emissions caused by air travel in 2018 has been allocated to a Gold Standard certified project to be carried out in Kenya,...
The new cutting edge research catamaran Augusta contributes to sea research in the Baltic on top international level
Tvärminne Zoological Station at the University of Helsinki received a new vessel for its marine offshore research activities near Hanko.
Sustainability in research, teaching and partnerships
Themes related to sustainable development and responsibility are researched and taught at almost all of the faculties of the University of Helsinki – from the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences to the Faculty of Social Sciences – under topics ranging from circular economy and food production to Baltic Sea conservation and climate research. Themes of sustainability are also part of the University’s partnerships. See below for examples of our activities.
Ecosystems and Environment
The extensive and multidisciplinary Ecosystems and Environment Research Programme studies the effects of human activity on terrestrial and...
The atmosphere and climate change
Climate change is one of the most topical scientific problems of the beginning of the current millennium. Finland is a major player in...
Development studies examines development, poverty, inequality as well as social, political, environmental and cultural changes and...
The sustainability of the campuses of the University of Helsinki and their operations is increased by providing the facilities and services needed for teaching and research with as low emissions and as high material efficiency as possible. Practices and procedures observed on campuses are socially, ecologically, culturally and financially responsible. A sustainability and responsibility committee established by the rector carries the responsibility for the development, monitoring and reporting of campus sustainability and responsibility.
Aiming for sustainability in campus operations
Our central goals are the reduction of energy consumption and related emissions, as well as the increased efficiency of facility use...
University of Helsinki partnering in Climate KIC
The Climate KIC is a pan-European partnership financed by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology
Sustainable Think Corner
New solutions that promote sustainability were introduced in the renovation of Think Corner, which opened its doors in the autumn of 2017...
Stable and balanced finances enable the University to fulfil its duties, with responsible investment receiving an increasing emphasis.
A solid financial foundation
The funding for the University of Helsinki consists of core funding provided by the government and external research funding applied for...
The University’s investment activities must be in line with its values of social responsibility. As a responsible investor, we comply with...
Teaching, research and international interaction at the University of Helsinki go back several centuries. The University is vested with a number of special societal duties, such as the National Library of Finland, the Finnish Museum of Natural History Luomus and the Swedish School of Social Science.
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,...
Significance of the University of Helsinki to Finnish society and culture
Teaching, research and international interaction at the University of Helsinki go back several centuries. The University with its students...
The University of Helsinki is the fifth-largest employer in Helsinki. We consider occupational wellbeing and work done for equality and accessibility important.
Equality and Diversity at the university
The goal of the University of Helsinki Equality Plan is to support the creation of a healthy studying and working environment. The...
Staff and student welfare
The University of Helsinki is a workplace of roughly 7,800 individuals, while our students number over 30,000. We strive to promote trust...