Strategy of the University of Jyväskylä 2015–2020

Strategy of the University of Jyväskylä 2015–2020
Approved at the University Board meeting of 17 December 2014


Mission: “Enabling excellence for the future”

The University of Jyväskylä conducts significant, world-class research in its 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.

Vision 2030

The University of Jyväskylä is an internationally renowned multidisciplinary research university and one of the world’s leading universities in the fields of learning and teaching.

Profile and 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

Research objectives

The University features world-class research groups in its core fields. Research is typically problem-based, an approach that removes boundaries between disciplines, enables the study of multidisciplinary issues that are both societally and scientifically significant, and increases the impact of research.

Attractive, multidisciplinary research environments

Attractive research environments draw the best scientists in the core fields to Jyväskylä.

The research infrastructure is internationally competitive and accounts for the needs of different disciplines.

Appealing researcher careers

Researchers have good opportunities to work internationally and to further their careers.

Doctoral students are tightly integrated in research communities and receive multifaceted training.

Education objectives

The University of Jyväskylä is a nationally and internationally attractive place of study. Its competitiveness is based on the recruitment of top students, the synergy of research and teaching, the pedagogical competence of its staff and the high-quality degrees that enhance students’ employability. The University’s Student Life concept supports students’ progress in their studies as well as their wellbeing.

Influential, high-quality education

At least half of students complete their degrees within the target times (3/2/4 years).

Effective guidance and cooperation with the world of work to improve the employability of graduates.

International campus – Open learning environments – The leading expert in adult education

The University’s international campus motivates students in their studies and prepares them to operate in a multicultural environment. Student and staff mobility is active and systematic.

Technologically supported pedagogical solutions enable lifelong learning and studies independent of time and place.

The University is Finland’s strongest and most versatile expert in adult education and plays a significant role in the export of education.

Objectives for societal interaction

Through education and research, the University participates in solving national and global problems. Global responsibility and sustainable development are emphasised in all activities.

Knowledge and competence to benefit society

The University is a desired partner which offers its expertise to the public and private sectors, supplies innovations and effectively shares knowledge with society at large.

Equality and lifelong learning are emphasised in the University’s national and international education activities.

The University rapidly recognises and responds to new research and education needs arising in society.

Operating conditions

The University of Jyväskylä is a desirable place to study and work and is known as an interactive academic community. The University offers a supportive environment for effective work. The University uses its Academic Life concept to support the development of employees’ competence and working methods which promote wellbeing.

Increasingly international staff

Recruitment practices are efficient and promote the internationalisation of the University.

The University promotes the internationalisation of its Finnish staff and the foreign staff’s integration with the Finnish community.

Functional facilities

The University’s facilities are functional, healthy and cost-effective.  They flexibly enable learning, interaction and research, also in the evenings and at weekends.

Firm financial basis

The University maintains strong solvency and ensures sufficient margins for implementing its strategy. In its overall funding, the proportion of supplementary and competitive research funding is increasing.

The structure of the University

The organisational structure of the University enables efficiency. The service structure supports the high-quality and effective implementation of the University’s basic functions.

Share |