Societal Interaction

​Employment Situation

Correspondence between Work and Level of Education

1,758 new alumni registered during 2015. Altogether 56,000 students have completed a higher academic degree in the University of Turku and in the formerly independent Turku School of Economics.

Innovation Activities Are Picking up Speed

The University of Turku has created a system for searching, screening and cultivating potential innovations. Innovations aiming at international start-ups as well as those applicable in the national market go through the evaluation and commercialisation system. Collaboration with other regional higher education institutions has continued in the innovation activities.






 ​Innovation proposals ​89 ​81 64 89​
​ Invention disclosures
       University has acquired the rights
​ New priority applications ​5 4​ 4​ 10​
 New issued patents ​14 11​ 11​ 20​
​ Patent families
       Patent applications
       issued patents
​ Sales and licensing contracts
       Transnational education
​18 24​
 ​Start-ups ​3 2​ 2 (3)​ 3​

In 2015, the University organised two open calls for innovation ideas that were directed at researchers. According to the recommendations of evaluation panels, seven funding applications were left to the New knowledge and business from research ideas programme of TEKES.  In the New knowledge and business from research ideas projects, research idea is developed in order to increase its commercialisation potential, and prepared for the market as a new business. All the seven applications from the University of Turku received funding from the programme.

University for Entrepreneurship

In 2015, The University of Turku has completed a strategy for entrepreneurial training and entrepreneurship, the aim of which is to strengthen entrepreneurial attitudes and methods that support entrepreneurship in the whole community. As the University for Entrepreneurship, the University of Turku increases entrepreneurial awareness and training related to entrepreneurship.

Stronger Influence with Collaboration

The University made two strategic co-operation agreements in 2015, one with Åbo Akademi University and the other with the multidisciplinary Universities of Eastern Finland, Oulu and Tampere, which was later joined by the University of Jyväskylä. The goal of the agreements is to find influential and cost-effective courses of action both regionally and nationally.

The University strengthened its co-operation with local and national higher education institutions in promoting entrepreneurship, start-ups and start-up accelerators. The University is a partner in the Turku region's growth agreement that aims at strengthening the competitiveness and social unity as well as the sustainable development of social structure in the Turku city area. The University is particularly committed to strengthening the position of Turku as a student city in the long run and comprehensively with joint measures.

The University joined the Turku Future Technologies (TFT) education, research, development and innovation network that increases co-operation between higher education institutions and technology companies by bringing academic expertise to the reach of the industry. The goal of the network is to strengthen technological expertise as well as the reputation and attraction of the Turku region and South-West Finland as a know-how cluster of technology. The benefits of this new collaboration extend to the entire country.

The University supported the activities of the regional start-up accelerators through NY Startup!, Boost Turku, SparkUp and ICT-portti. The goal is to promote the competitiveness, growth and internationalisation of entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises in South-West Finland.

The University of Turku, the Hospital District of Southwest Finland, Åbo Akademi University, Turku University of Applied Sciences and Novia University of Applied Sciences have made an agreement on developing the campus area around Turku University Hospital. The development is carried out, for example, in research and education under the University Health Campus Turku brand. The campus forms the largest multi-professional education cluster in medicine and health sciences in Finland.

Transnational Education Took off

Furthermore, transnational education picked up steam in 2015. The University realises the transnational education through its transnational education companies, Finland University and Nordic Institute of Dental Education. In 2015, the University made 15 transnational education agreements.


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