Profile and core fields


University of Jyväskylä is one of the largest and most popular multidisciplinary universities in Finland. The University has about 2,600 employees and more than 15,000 students from around 100 countries. The annual budget of the University is 201 million euro.

The University of Jyväskylä conducts significant, world class research in itse core fields and trains competent, motivated experts who possess lifelong learning skills in various fields. The University interacts with society in an active and responsible manner in regional, national and international contexts.

According to its vision for 2030, the University of Jyväskylä will be an internationally renowned multidisciplinary research university and one of the world’s leading universities in the fields of learning and teaching.

A multidisciplinary approach and impact are emphasised in research. The University features world-class research groups in its core fields.

Core fields

The University combines high-level competence in education, natural sciences, humanities and social sciences, and sport and health sciences, as well as in economics and business administration, into a multidisciplinary entity.

This profile is strengthened through the following core fields:

  • Learning, teaching and the learning and growth environments that support development
  • Basic natural phenomena and mathematical thinking
  • Languages, culture and communities in global change processes
  • Physical activity, health and wellbeing
  • Information technology and the human in the knowledge society
Teacher at work

Groups of outstanding international level

  • Nuclear and accelerator-based physics
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Learning and learning difficulties
  • Applied language studies
  • Biology of physical activity
  • Gerontology
  • IT-based services

Technology profile

  • Human-centered information and communication technology
  • Paper manufacturing technology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Accelerator-based technology
  • Environmental technology
  • Wellness technology
  • ICT in learning
  • Music technology

Contributing to various sectors of the society

  • Quality of childhood
  • Preventing social exclusion
  • Work ability and wellbeing
  • Increasingly multicultural Finland
  • Increasingly IT-based society
  • The State of the waters
  • Energy