The organisation and strategy of the HEI

The University of Turku (UTU) was established in 1920, although its origins reach as far as the Royal Academy of Turku, founded in 1640. Today, UTU is a multidisciplinary and international research, educational, and cultural community. The basic mission of UTU is to promote free research and academic education, and to provide higher education based on research. In carrying out its missions, UTU promotes societal impact and engagement as well as lifelong learning. When fulfilling its basic mission, UTU acts according to the values, aims and missions listed in its Strategy.

The organisational structure of UTU is described in figure 1. The eight faculties of UTU are divided into departments or other comparable units formed by one or more fields of education and research. In addition to Turku, UTU operates in Rauma and Pori, and has Research Institutes in Kevo and Seili.

The central administration of UTU consists of the Board, the Rector and the Vice Rectors, the University Collegiate Council, services and areas of responsibility led by the Vice Rectors, and university services. The units under the lead of the vice rectors are educational affairs, research affairs and library and partnerships and strategic engagement. The chair of the teaching and learning council, research council and council for partnerships and strategic engagement is the corresponding vice rector. The university services include digital services, human resources and study and work well-being services, management support services, strategic planning, financial services and facility services, and university communications. The eight faculties of UTU are faculty of humanities, faculty of education, faculty of medicine, faculty of law, faculty of social sciences, faculty of science, Turku School of Economics and faculty of technology. UTU also has five independent units.

There were 22,779 students (of which 7.6% international) and 3,314 staff members (of which 10.7% international) in UTU in 2021. The total number of the degrees awarded per year was 3,914 (UTU Annual Report 2021).

The faculties provide education leading to a degree. There are 50 bachelor’s degree programmes, 60 master’s degree programmes, and 26 international master’s degree programmes in UTU in the fields presented in figure 2a.

Faculty of Education includes the following fields of education. Class Teacher Education, Craft, Design and Technology Teacher Education, Early Childhood Teacher Education, Special Needs Teacher Education and Educational Sciences: Educational Sciences, Adult Education and Special Education. Faculty of Humanities includes the following fields of education. History and Archaeology, Literary Studies, Media Studies, Musicology and Art History, Study of Cultures, Digital Culture, Landscape and Cultural Heritage, English, Finnish and Finno-Ugric Languages, French, German, Classics (Latin Philology, Greek Philology, Classical Archaeology), Italian, Scandinavian Languages, Spanish, Chinese, Records and Archives Management, Gender Studies and European Languages, Cultures and Societies in Contact. Faculty of Law includes the following field of education. Law.  Faculty of Medicine includes the following fields of education. Health Sciences, Biomedicine, Medicine, Dentistry and Human Neuroscience. Faculty of Science includes the following fields of education. Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Mathematics and Statistics, Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry, Subject Teacher and Class Teacher, Physical Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Cities and Communities. Faculty of Social Sciences includes the following fields of education. Contemporary History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Sciences, Social Work and Speech and Language Pathology (Logopedics). Faculty of Technology includes the following fields of education. Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering and Health Technology, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Information and Communication Technology, Materials Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Turku School of Economics includes the following fields of education. Accounting and Finance, Economics, International Management and Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Value Chain Management, Business Competence and Business Competence of Knowledge-Intensive Organisations, Futures Studies, Global Innovation Management and Global IT Management.

Doctoral training is coordinated and organised by the University of Turku Graduate School (UTUGS) together with the faculties. UTUGS consists 16 doctoral programmes which cover all disciplines of UTU. The doctoral programmes are not bound to faculties or departments but can bring together doctoral researchers and supervisors from different fields as shown in figure 2b.

Faculty of Education: OPPI and KEVEKO. Faculty of Law: LAW. Faculty of Humanities: JUNO and UTULING. Faculty of Social Sciences: SOC. Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Medicine: INVEST. Faculty of Medicine: FINDOS, TUDMM and NURS. Faculty of Science: EXACT and BioGeo. Faculty of Technology and Faculty of Medicine: Drug. Faculty of Technology and Turku School of Economics: Tech. Turku School of Economics: Econ. Turku School of Economics, Faculty of Technology, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Social Sciences: Clin.

University of Turku – Building a Strong and Sustainable Future

The University Board of UTU approved the Strategy 2030 in December 2019. The Policy Programme that defines the practical targets of implementation was approved in January 2020.

The strategy period is defined by the Ministry of Education and Culture. The Strategy document contains the University’s mission, vision, shared values, underlying themes, and strategic goals for the basic missions, and possible other activities of the University. The strategic profiles of UTU implement and advance multidisciplinary research and education between the faculties. The Policy Programme defines strategy actions in practice, the set goals, and the persons responsible for different actions. The appointed persons are responsible for implementing, monitoring, reporting, and evaluation of actions. The Policy Programme can be complemented and partly renewed if necessary during the strategy period.

The mission of UTU is that the University is an internationally active and attractive research university whose strength lies in high-quality, multidisciplinary research. We promote education and free science and provide higher education based on research. We coll¬aborate closely with Finnish society and actively participate in the development of the region. The vision of UTU is that we are a high quality, internationally recognised research university. We proactively foster both well-being and a sustainable future. The values of UTU are creativity, openness, ethical principles, critical thinking and strong community.  The strategic goals of UTU are the following: We inspire unique learning experiences and outstanding learning outcomes. We cultivate an engaging and exceptional research environment. We are a proactive and dynamic partner. We are an active expert community. The underlining themes of UTU are internationality, multidisciplinarity, open science and impact, responsibility and sustainable development, coll¬aboration and interaction, digitalization and well-being. The strategic profiles of UTU are Biodiversity and sustainability, Future technologies and digital society, Cultural memory and social change, Children, young people and learning, Health, diagnostics and drug development and Sea and maritime studies. The policy programme of UTU consists the following statements. Unique learning experiences and outstanding learning outcomes. 1. Versatile and high-quality learning and teaching contents. 2. Modern and accessible learning and teaching methods. 3. Future-oriented learning and education. Engaging and exceptional research environment. 4. Multi- and interdisciplinary research. 5. Responsible research with significant impact. 6. Straightforward and attractive researcher career. 7. Research prerequisites and support services. Engaging and exceptional research environment. 8. Building partnerships. 9. Societal interaction. 10. Increasing social impact. Active expert community. 11. Community well-being and diversity. 12. Competent and learning-oriented staff. 13. Open and high-quality leadership. 14. Sustainable campus of the future.