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University of Oulu

University of Oulu
Oulun yliopisto
Latin: Universitas Ouluensis
Established 1958
Type Public
Rector Jouko Niinimäki
Administrative staff
2,868 (2010)[1]
Students 15,880 (2010)
Location Oulu, Finland
Affiliations Compostela, EUA, UArctic
University of Oulu main building in Linnanmaa, Oulu.
Departments of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering and Telecommunications Engineering in the Linnanmaa campus.
Faculty of Humanities located at the northern end of the university building.
Oulu University Pegasus Library (former Main Library) in Linnanmaa.
Old part of the Linnanmaa campus.
Oulu University Hospital buildings in Kontinkangas, Oulu, where the Faculty of Medicine is located. The heliport of the hospital in the foreground.
Oulu University Botanical Gardens.

The University of Oulu (Finnish: Oulun yliopisto) is one of the largest universities in Finland, located in the city of Oulu. It was founded on July 8, 1958. The university has around 16,000 students and 3,000 staff. Along with the University of Turku,[2] it is ranked in the Academic Ranking of World Universities as the second best university in Finland and between 303 and 401 worldwide.[3]


  • History 1
  • Campuses 2
  • Faculties 3
    • Faculty of Technology 3.1
    • Faculty of Science 3.2
    • Faculty of Humanities 3.3
    • Faculty of Medicine 3.4
    • Faculty of Education 3.5
      • Oulu Business School 3.5.1
    • International Cooperation 3.6
  • Research 4
  • Notable alumni 5
  • Student services 6
    • Student housing 6.1
  • Rectors 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


  • 1919 Oulu College Association was founded to manage the establishment of a university in the town
  • 1958 Oulu University Act
  • 1959 Activities begin. Faculty of Philosophy (programs in biology and mathematics), Faculty of Technology (architecture, civil and industrial engineering) and Oulu Teaching School
  • 1960 Faculty of Medicine
  • 1965 Teaching begins in humanities
  • 1965 Departments of Electrical Engineering and Machine Engineering added to the Faculty of Technology
  • 1972 The Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Natural Sciences founded with the division of the Faculty of Philosophy
  • 1974 Faculty of Education
  • 1985 Professorship in Telecommunications Technology established at the Faculty of Technology
  • 1994 Biotechnology, Information Technology and Northern Issues defined as focus areas
  • 2000 Founding of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
  • 2006 Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre
  • 2007 Oulu Mining School
  • 2008 Martti Ahtisaari Institute of Global Business and Economics
  • 2009 Center for Internet Excellence (CIE)
  • 2010 New University Act, new focus areas
  • 2011 Center of Microscopy and Nanotechnology founded by joining the Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre and the Institute for Electron Microscopy
  • 2011 University of Oulu Graduate School (from 1.8.2011)
  • 2014 Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine (from 1.1.2014)
  • 2014 Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (from 1.1.2014)
  • 2014 Oulu School of Architecture (from 1.1.2014)


There are four campus areas:

  • The main campus is located in Linnanmaa, about 5 kilometres (3 mi) north of Oulu city centre. It includes five faculties, Infotech Oulu, Thule Institute, Giellagas Institute, Martti Ahtisaari Institute, Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC), Centre for Advanced Steel Research (CASR), Center of Microscopy and Nanotechnology, Botanical Gardens and Museum, Zoological Museum, Geological Museum and two science libraries (Pegasus and Tellus).
  • Faculty of Medicine has its own campus area and it is fully integrated in the regional hospital 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) southeast from the city center, Kontinkangas, Oulu. Clinical Research Centre (CRC), Welltech Oulu and the Medical Library are also located there.
  • The third campus area is located in Kajaani, about 185 kilometres (115 mi) southeast of Oulu.
  • Department of Architecture which is located in the center of Oulu

The University has a number of research stations and shared locations, most notably:


The University of Oulu is divided into six faculties (from the biggest to the smallest when measured by the number of students):

Faculty of Technology

  • Department of Architecture
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Department of Process and Environmental Engineering
  • Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Department of Telecommunications Engineering
  • Department of Industrial Engineering and Management

Faculty of Science

  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Geography
  • Department of Geology
  • Department of Information Processing Science
  • Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • Department of Physics

Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Medicine

Institute of Biomedicine

  • Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Department of Physiology
  • Department of Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Department of Medical Technology

Institute of Diagnostics

  • Department of Clinical Chemistry
  • Department of Medical Microbiology
  • Department of Forensic Medicine
  • Department of Pathology
  • Department of Diagnostic Radiology

Institute of Dentistry

Institute of Clinical Medicine

  • Department of Anaesthesiology
  • Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Department of Dermatology and Venereology
  • Department of Surgery
  • Department of Otolaryngology
  • Department of Pediatrics
  • Department of Neurosurgery
  • Department of Neurology
  • Department of Clinical Genetics
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • Department of Ophthalmology
  • Department of Internal Medicine
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Department of Oncology and Radiotherapy

Institute of Health Sciences

  • Department of Nursing Science and Health Administration
  • Department of Public Health Science and General Practice

Faculty of Education

Oulu Business School

  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Accounting
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Marketing
  • Department of Management and International Business
  • Martti Ahtisaari Institute of Global Business and Economics

Oulu Business School is accredited by AACSB International

International Cooperation

University of Oulu aims to promote mobility among its students. It takes part in a number of international exchange programmes, such as Erasmus Programme (Europe), Nordplus (Nordic Countries), FIRST (Russia), ISEP and International to International ISEP (USA, South America, Asia), UNC-EP (USA), north2north (USA, Canada, Russia, Nordic Countries), North-South-South (Africa). Besides, University of Oulu has about 50 bilateral agreements with partner universities around the world.


University works in 70 research areas.[4] At the same time, four focus research areas are:[5]

  • Information Technology (Machine vision and ubiquitous computing technologies, Wireless communications, High-speed electronics and photonics, Biomedical engineering, Information systems and software)[6]
  • Biosciences and Health (Cell-extracellular matrix research, Cardiovascular disease research, Enzyme structure and metabolic research, Genes and the environment)
  • Cultural Identity and Interaction (Cultural Identity and Interaction; Language, education and interaction)
  • Environment, Natural Resources and Materials (Environmental issues, natural resources and energy economy; materials science, properties and behaviour of matter, catalysts and material innovations; modelling and computational science)[7]

New initiatives involve advanced steel research, international business, mining and mineral engineering and science-based education.

Notable alumni

University of Oulu alumni body is over 40,000.

Student services

Student Union of the University of Oulu[10] (Finnish: Oulun yliopiston ylioppilaskunta; OYY) provides services to and supervises the interests of all undergraduate degree students in the University of Oulu. All bachelor's and master's degree students in the University of Oulu belong to the Student Union. By paying the Student Union membership fee students are entitled for a student card which allows them to get student services and discounts. This way, students get inexpensive or free medical and dental care from Finnish Student Health Services,[11] (Finnish: Ylioppilaiden terveydenhoitosäätiö; YTHS) traveling discounts in trains and buses, student meals reduction etc.

There are a number of students organizations or so called student guilds[12] presented within the university.

The international student house Aurora.

Student housing

Student Housing Foundation of Northern Finland[13] (

  • University of Oulu – official website

External links

  1. ^
  2. ^ "Oulun yliopisto säilytti asemansa yliopistorankingissa" (in Finnish). Oulu: University of Oulu. 4 November 2009. Retrieved 16 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2009".  
  4. ^ "University of Oulu – An international scientific community known for high-quality research and education". Innovation Europe. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  5. ^ "University of Oulu – Research focus and development areas". Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  6. ^ "Oulu UBI Screens Attract Anthropologists". 65degreesnorth. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  7. ^ "How many expats does it take to change a light bulb?". 65degreesnorth. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  8. ^ "Martti Ahtisaari wins Nobel Peace Prize". Oulu: University of Oulu. 10 October 2008. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  9. ^ "Obituary: Professor Leena Peltonen-Palotie, Academician of Science". Oulu: University of Oulu. 12 March 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  10. ^ Student Union of the University of Oulu
  11. ^ Finnish Student Health Services
  12. ^ "Student Guilds and Organisations in the University of Oulu". Oulu: Student Union of the University of Oulu. 2 July 2009. Archived from the original on September 25, 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  13. ^ Student Housing Foundation of Northern Finland
  14. ^
  15. ^ "Accommodation". Oulu: University of Oulu. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  16. ^


See also


The new international student house, named Aurora, was built next to PSOAS housing office in downtown Oulu. The building was finished during the spring of 2013. The house is supposed to be accommodated both by international degree students and Finnish students. The main purpose of the new building is to support the internationalization of Oulu and give the international students a better access to Finnish culture and local people. The premises will also support these efforts: More space is dedicated for casual get-togethers, as there is a lounge space on every floor and a café of high level will be serving both Finnish and foreign customers on the ground floor.[15][16]


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