The University of Helsinki in numbers

The University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. In international university rankings, the University of Helsinki typically ranks among the top 100. The University of Helsinki seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity. Through the power of science, the University has contributed to society, education and welfare since 1640.

The University of Helsinki is the only Finnish university to consistently rank in the top 100 of international university rankings. There are approximately 18 000 universities in the world.

In 2017, the University of Helsinki placed 56th in the Shanghai Ranking, 90th in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking and 102th in the QS World University Ranking and 81th in the Taiwan (NTU) ranking.

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In 2017, a total of 31,312 students of all levels were enrolled at the University of Helsinki. Of them, 19,826 were women, a ratio of 63.3%. The number of  international students was 1,872 (6%).

First Cycle or Bachelor's degree:  16,861 students, of whom women 10,455 (62%) and men 6,406 (38%)

Second Cycle or Master's degree: 9,783 students, of whom women 6,478 (66.2%) and 3,305 (33.8%)

Licentiate's degree: 175 students, of whom women 128 (73.1%) and men 47 (26.9%)

Doctoral degree: 4,323  students, of whom women  2,605 (60.3%) and men 1,718 (39.7%)

Other degrees: 170 students, of whom women 160  (94.1%) and men 10 (5.9%)

In 2017, a total of 6,055 degrees were completed at the University of Helsinki. Women completed 4,171 (68.9%) of these degrees.

First Cycle or Bachelor’s degree: 2,910 degrees, of which 2,027 (69.7%) completed by women and 883 (30.3%) by men.

Second Cycle or Master’s degree: 2,603 degrees, of which 1,792 (68.8%) completed by women and 811 (31.2%) by men.

Licentiate degree: 44 degrees, of which 33 (75%) completed by women and 11 (25%) by men.

Doctoral degree: 475 degrees, of which 298 (62.7%) completed by women and 177 (37.3 %) by men.

Other degrees: 23 degrees, of which 21 (91.3%) completed by women and 2 (8.7%) by men.

The University of Helsinki employs 7,783 people in 2017. Of them, 56 % represent teaching and research staff. 50 % of them are women.

The total number of person years was 7,205, and 3,953 of them were spent on teaching and research.

University of Helsinki's  employee's average age is 42.5 years and the average age of retirement is 65.4.

Teaching and Research Staff

Altogether 4,383 persons (3,953 person years) during year 2017.

581 professors, research directors and senior curators (level 4)
1,342 university lecturers, clinical teachers, university researchers, senior researchers, research co-ordinators, intendants, assistant professors (tenure track) (level 3)
981 post-doctoral researchers, university instructor (level 2)
1,292 doctoral students, specialising physician/dentist/veterinarian, research and teaching assistants (level 1)
187 other teaching and research staff

Other staff

Altogether 3,256 persons (3,119 person years) during year 2017.

279 IT staff
279 library staff
306 technical staff
1,174 administrative staff
1,049 teaching and research support staff
169 others

144 Teaching school's teachers

In 2017, University of Helsinki researchers produced 11,446 publications. Of peer-reviewed academic publications half are produced as international cooperation.

Publications ( number and % of all)

7,000 Peer reviewed scientific articles (61%)
1,247  Non-refereed scientific articles (11%)
239 Scientific books (monographs, edited works) (2%)
1,983 Publications intended for professional communities (17%)
977 Publications intended for the general public (9%)

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The University of Helsinki is the only Finnish university to be a member of the League of European Research Universities, or LERU, an association of 23 leading European universities promoting the conditions and opportunities for basic research in Europe.

Of the University of Helsinki’s teachers and researchers, 24% are from outside Finland. The University had 1,872 international degree students in 2017.

674 students embarked on a student exchange in 2017. The University of Helsinki received 1,252 incoming exchange students.

Financing of the University of Helsinki during year 2017 (million euros, (%))

  • Core funding by state                                         403 (57%)
  • External funding                                                  258 (37%)
  • Investment and fund raising (own income)    43   (6%)
  • Total earnings                                                    704 (100%)

The Uni­versity’s key fin­an­cial fig­ures

Fin­an­cial state­ments of the university