The strategic goals of the University of Turku are:
- Effective research: We will significantly strengthen the quality, multidisciplinarity and effectiveness of research. We are developing the researcher career path.
- Responsible education: We are a multidisciplinary and inspiring higher education institution. Our education is based on the latest research and meets the needs of future working life.
- A catalyst for social well-being and the economy: We recognise and utilise the innovation potential of research as well as globally competitive education services. We support entrepreneurial activities and develop innovation processes in collaboration with business life.
- Community well-being: We are a responsible employer and our operations are built on common values. We are building an inspiring, encouraging and interacting university, where it is a pleasure to study and work.
The progress of the Strategy and Policy Programmes is monitored regularly. First two follow-up surveys were carried out in 2016.
The University's goal is to be internationally well-known and recognised in its chosen areas of strength and to be nationally among the top universities in all of its research fields. In 2016, the University of Turku was the only Finnish university that was ranked among the 200 most international universities in the world by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. The University of Turku was among the best 150 in the THE Best Universities in Europe ranking and among 301–350 in the THE World University Rankings, 234th in the QS World University Rankings, and 407th in the CWTS Leiden Ranking.
Furthermore, many new openings were made during 2016. The practical measures listed in the strategy for entrepreneurship compiled in 2015 were launched in full in 2016. The University also started to invest in open science, increased transnational education significantly, and gave up some facilities and replaced them with newer and more functional ones. The three-year investment programme in learning environments was completed during the year.
Many of the renewals are linked to the Adjustment and Development Programme that began in 2015. The purpose of the Programme is to seek savings and new income sources due to the reductions in the basic funding and create better operational models for the University.