Finland’s higher education system is one of the youngest in Europe. However, that does not mean the quality can be underestimated.
The reason is, the education system in Finland has proven to be recognized as the best in the world. In fact, the best universities in Finland are included in the list of the 300 best universities in the world. So, which universities are among the best in Finland?
Finland is a country in Northern Europe bordered by Sweden, Norway and Russia. This country is only 338,000 km2 in area and has approximately 6 million inhabitants. This Nordic country is included as a country that has a high level of income and people’s prosperity.
The main sectors of the Finnish economy depend on the metals, technology and forestry industries. One of the well-known brands from this country is the NOKIA cell phone.
Finns are known as the happiest people in the world. In addition, Finland has long been known to have an excellent education system. There are many universities in Finland which are among the top universities in the world.
The following list is the seven best universities in Finland quoted from the Smart Class page:
1. Helsinki University
This university is the oldest and largest in Finland. The university was founded in 1640 and currently has 11 faculties, 11 research institutes and 36,500 students. Courses at the University of Helsinki are delivered in Finnish, Swedish and English.
2. Aalto University
This university is the result of a merger of three educational institutions formed in 2010, namely: Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki School of Economics, and University of Art and Design Helsinki.
This university was formed because the Finnish government wanted to create a new university that would become a role model for innovation and become a symbol of quality higher education. Currently, the university has 20,000 students and is the third largest university in Finland.
3. University of Turku
Finland’s second largest university has 20,000 international students. The main campus is located in Turku, southwest Finland. Apart from the main campus, the university also has campuses in Rauma, Pori and Salo. The University of Turku focuses on international collaboration. A number of master’s and PhD programs offered are the result of collaboration with various universities in the world.
4. University of Jyväskylä
Founded in 1934, the University of Jyväskylä was originally the first college to offer Finnish teacher training. Currently, the university has 15,000 students spread across 7 faculties and remains the best university in Finland for teacher education and training programs. The QS World University Rankings by Subject places education and training courses from the University of Jyväskylä in the world’s top 100 list.
5. University of Eastern Finland
The university was formed in 2010 through the merger of the University of Joensuu and the University of Kuopio. Currently there are 15,000 students spread across the four faculties. The university has a good reputation for research, thanks to its extensive network with overseas partners and active participation in international projects. Its main campuses are located in the cities of Joensuu and Kuopio, and several facilities are also located in Savonlinna.
6. Tampere University of Technology (TUT)
The university combines strong traditions of natural science and engineering research, as well as industry and business-related research. The advantage of this university is that it can create interactions between fundamental and applied research, extensive international networks, as well as high-quality research projects in various fields. TUT also continues to collaborate with companies and industry. Currently TUT has around 10,500 students and 2,000 staff.
7. Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT)
Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) is the first science university in Finland, which has integrated science and business since 1969. Its international community consists of around 6,000 students and experts active in scientific research and academic education. LUT offers a Master of Technology and Business Administration program which is popular with international students.