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The Opening Ceremony and Opening Carnival 2021

The University’s Opening Carnival will be organised on Wednesday, 8 September 2021 at 12—2pm on the square in front of Publicum and Educarium. The purpose of the Opening Carnival is to welcome students to begin the new academic year and to welcome new students to the University of Turku. The Opening Ceremony starts at 2.15pm and will be organised as a virtual event this year.

Eventful Opening Day Kicked Off the New Academic Year of the University


The Opening Day of the new academic year consisted of the Opening Carnival of the Student Union and the UTU100 Fair of the University organised by the Aura River as well as of the virtual Opening Ceremony in the evening. The Teacher, Course and Language Deed of the Year were awarded at the Opening Carnival where visitors got to learn more about the member organisations of the Student Union. The UTU100 Fair showcased science and research at the University of Turku which is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

Explore Science at UTU100 Fair on 4 Sept


Explore. Experiment. Get inspired. Welcome to the UTU100 Fair of the University of Turku, organised by the Aura riverside on Friday, 4 September 2020 at 12pm–6pm. At the same time with the UTU100 Fair, the beginning of the new academic year is celebrated with the Opening Carnival organised by the University and the Student Union of the University of Turku. These outdoor events are part of the University’s centenary celebration programme.

Academic Celebrations and Traditions

The University of Turku was established in 1920. Funded with a public fundraising, the University of Turku was the first Finnish-language university in the world. However, the roots of academic traditions go back to the 13th century, when people left Turku for Central Europe to study at university. Initiated by Queen Christina of Sweden, the country’s first university, the Royal Academy of Turku, was established in Turku in 1640.