Modern through tradition
The University of Jyväskylä is the fifth largest institution of higher education in Finland with its more than 10,000 students, 1,500 staff and 800 graduates per year. It has been the most popular university choice among Finnish students for the past few years, receiving the most applications in proportion to student intake. Close relations with business and industry are achieved and maintained through continuing education, contract research and research liaison. Established as the first Finnish language Teacher Training College inthe 1860's, the University of Jyväskylä has played a significant role in Finnish cultural history. In 1934 it became a College of Education and subsequently it gained university status in 1966. Over the years it has grown to be a multi-faculty university with modern scientific facilities.
Students attending the International Summer School at the University ofJyv·skylä.
The faculties of Education, Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematics & Natural Sciences and Sport & Health Sciences, which is unique in Finland, offer 30 degree programmes leading to a Master's degree. Bachelor`s degrees have recently been re-introduced. Other degrees offered are Licentiate and Doctoral degrees and teacher qualification programmes. The language of instruction at the University of Jyväskylä is Finnish. Therefore a practical knowledge of Finnish is generally a necessarypre-requisite for others than exchange students. Citizens of EU who possess a Finnish secondary education certificate orhave completed their secondary education abroad and have been given the right to enroll in an institution of higher education of corresponding level, are eligible for applying for admission to the University ofJyväskylä. For applicants without EU citizenship a Bachelor's degree anda minimum TOEFL score of 550 are required.
The University of Jyväskylä is active in a variety of international student exchange programmes, such as ISEP (International Student Exchange Program), NORDPLUS (Nordic Programme for the Mobility of University Students and Teachers), TEMPUS (Trans-European Mobility Scheme for University Studies), LEONARDO DA VINCI and SOCRATES where, in 1995, the University is involved with 30 inter-university co-operation projects. It has also concluded bilateral agreements on student exchange with a number of European and North-American universities. The international non-degree study programmes, such as Sport Management, Intercultural Studies and Environmental Management, are taught either in English, German or French and have been designed to accommodate the interests of both international and Finnish students. In addition, the departments offer a range of opportunities to study in English. Of course, opportunities to study both Finnish or other languages, and in Finnish itself, are also readily available.
Focusing on Research
The main fields of research are history and arts, language learning and teaching, educational research, social sciences, nuclear and material physics, structural and dynamic chemistry, bio and environmentalresearch, mathematics, applied natural sciences, economics and business management, information technology and statistics, psychology, and health and sport sciences. Many projects and individual researchers are funded by the Academy of Finland. Articles, reports and other forms of scientific publication can continuously be found in key international journals. The University of Jyväskylä actively participates in both national and foreign research programmes. Currently the University is involved inover 180 joint international research projects, as well as working with over 450 research partners. These links include many that are created through the co-operative research programmes of the EU, ESF, UNESCO and WHO. Research is performed both in the departments and in special research institutes. The scientific laboratories are well equipped withstate-of-the-art facilities. Among them are the Cyclotron Laboratory, laboratories for scientific computing, multimedia, nanotechnology, biomechanics, musicology, speech communication, neuropsychology and recording & broadcasting studios.
The university campus, lying within the city of Jyväskylä, offers aunique and stimulating environment. The main campus is classified among Finland's most significant cultural historical and architectural areas including buildings from different time periods over a hundred years as well as the park with its diversified flora. During the last two decades the University of Jyväskylä has been extended into two new areas on the banks of Jyväsjärvi lake.