The University of Helsinki was established in 1640. Ever since, it has played a major role in the construction of the Finnish welfare state and the Finnish national identity. The University and the people who work and study here have helped to create a fair and equal society and to foster Finnish education and learning. We have educated nine presidents, four Nobel laureates and thousands of influential figures in the worlds of politics, scholarship, culture and the business sector.
Today, we wish to share our expertise and have an impact on the world. Our research and education set global benchmarks, as shown by several indicators. We work daily to develop new cancer treatments, improve teaching and education, and promote lifelong learning. As a multidisciplinary university, we resolve problems that affect everyone, such as the challenges of climate change. Our strategic plan currently emphasises four research themes: the digital world, ageing and health, globalisation, and sustainable development.