University of Oulu

University of Oulu
Oulun yliopisto
Latin: Universitas Ouluensis
Type Public
Established 1958
Rector Jouko Niinimäki
Administrative staff
2,868 (2010)[1]
Students 15,880 (2010)
Location Oulu, Finland
65°03′33″N 025°27′58″E / 65.05917°N 25.46611°E / 65.05917; 25.46611Coordinates: 65°03′33″N 025°27′58″E / 65.05917°N 25.46611°E / 65.05917; 25.46611
Affiliations Compostela, EUA, UArctic
University of Oulu main building in Linnanmaa, Oulu.
Departments of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering and Telecommunications Engineering in the Linnanmaa campus.
Faculty of Humanities located at the northern end of the university building.
Oulu University Pegasus Library (former Main Library) in Linnanmaa.
Old part of the Linnanmaa campus.
Oulu University Hospital buildings in Kontinkangas, Oulu, where the Faculty of Medicine is located. The heliport of the hospital in the foreground.
Oulu University Botanical Gardens.

The University of Oulu (Finnish: Oulun yliopisto) is one of the largest universities in Finland, located in the city of Oulu. It was founded on July 8, 1958. The university has around 16,000 students and 3,000 staff. Along with the University of Turku,[2] it is ranked in the Academic Ranking of World Universities as the second best university in Finland and ranked between 201and 301 worldwide in the QS World University Rankings.[3] [4]



There are four campus areas:

The University has a number of research stations and shared locations, most notably:


The University of Oulu is divided into six faculties (from the biggest to the smallest when measured by the number of students):

Faculty of Technology

Faculty of Science

Faculty of Medicine

Institute of Biomedicine

Institute of Diagnostics

Institute of Dentistry

Institute of Clinical Medicine

Institute of Health Sciences

Faculty of Education

Oulu Business School

Oulu Business School is accredited by AACSB International

International Cooperation

University of Oulu aims to promote mobility among its students. It takes part in a number of international exchange programmes, such as Erasmus Programme (Europe), Nordplus (Nordic Countries), FIRST (Russia), ISEP and International to International ISEP (USA, South America, Asia), UNC-EP (USA), north2north (USA, Canada, Russia, Nordic Countries), North-South-South (Africa). Besides, University of Oulu has about 50 bilateral agreements with partner universities around the world.


University works in 70 research areas.[5] At the same time, four focus research areas are:[6]

New initiatives involve advanced steel research, international business, mining and mineral engineering and science-based education.

Notable alumni

University of Oulu alumni body is over 40,000.

Student services

Student Union of the University of Oulu[11] (Finnish: Oulun yliopiston ylioppilaskunta; OYY) provides services to and supervises the interests of all undergraduate degree students in the University of Oulu. All bachelor's and master's degree students in the University of Oulu belong to the Student Union. By paying the Student Union membership fee students are entitled for a student card which allows them to get student services and discounts. This way, students get inexpensive or free medical and dental care from Finnish Student Health Services,[12] (Finnish: Ylioppilaiden terveydenhoitosäätiö; YTHS) traveling discounts in trains and buses, student meals reduction etc.

There are a number of students organizations or so called student guilds[13] presented within the university.

The international student house Aurora.

Student housing

Student Housing Foundation of Northern Finland[14] (Finnish: Pohjois-Suomen opiskelija-asuntosäätiö; PSOAS) is the leading provider of student accommodation in Oulu. The organization operates on a foundation basis which ensures affordable rents for students. Following its mission, PSOAS offers housing services for people studying in Oulu as cheaply as possible. The residents of PSOAS houses in different areas around the city elect tenant committee for that area, which e.g. organises different activities, maintains club rooms and does other related issues, depending on the active members.[15]

The new international student house, named Aurora, was built next to PSOAS housing office in downtown Oulu. The building was finished during the spring of 2013. The house is supposed to be accommodated both by international degree students and Finnish students. The main purpose of the new building is to support the internationalization of Oulu and give the international students a better access to Finnish culture and local people. The premises will also support these efforts: More space is dedicated for casual get-togethers, as there is a lounge space on every floor and a café of high level will be serving both Finnish and foreign customers on the ground floor.[16][17]


Jouko Niinimäki 2015–
Lauri Lajunen 1993–2015
Juhani Oksman 1990–1993
L. Kalevi Korhonen 1987–1990
Markku Mannerkoski 1968–1987
Erkki Koiso-Kanttila 1965–1968
Niilo Söyrinki 1963–1965
Pentti Kaitera 1959–1962

See also


  2. "Oulun yliopisto säilytti asemansa yliopistorankingissa" (in Finnish). Oulu: University of Oulu. 4 November 2009. Retrieved 16 November 2009.
  3. "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2009". Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Retrieved 2010-06-21.
  4. "THE - QS World University Rankings". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. Retrieved 2014-12-30.
  5. "University of Oulu – An international scientific community known for high-quality research and education". Innovation Europe. Retrieved 2010-06-22.
  6. "University of Oulu – Research focus and development areas". Retrieved 2012-10-23.
  7. "Oulu UBI Screens Attract Anthropologists". 65degreesnorth. Retrieved 2010-06-22.
  8. "How many expats does it take to change a light bulb?". 65degreesnorth. Retrieved 2010-06-22.
  9. "Martti Ahtisaari wins Nobel Peace Prize". Oulu: University of Oulu. 10 October 2008. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
  10. "Obituary: Professor Leena Peltonen-Palotie, Academician of Science". Oulu: University of Oulu. 12 March 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
  11. Student Union of the University of Oulu
  12. Finnish Student Health Services
  13. "Student Guilds and Organisations in the University of Oulu". Oulu: Student Union of the University of Oulu. 2 July 2009. Archived from the original on September 25, 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  14. Student Housing Foundation of Northern Finland
  16. "Accommodation". Oulu: University of Oulu. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
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