The academic history of Turku extends all the way back to the 13th century, when people from Turku went to study in the universities of Central Europe. In 1640, the first university of Finland, the Royal Academy of Turku, was established by Christina, Queen of Sweden.
The University of Turku was established in 1920 with the aid of donations from 22 040 citizens, and it became the first Finnish university in Finland.
The University’s founding years was an era of strong patriotism and Finland took its first steps as an independent country. This spirit can also be sensed in the motto of the University:
From a free people to free science and learning