Environmental change, the growing global population and rising wealth place ever greater demands on the sustainable use of our planet’s resources. Urbanization is challenging infrastructure and public services, both in expanding cities and in depopulating rural areas. Human life expectancy is increasing due to advancing healthcare and better living conditions.
Digitalization continues to make the world more connected and is altering the way we communicate, learn, work and consume services. All these developments affect our way of life, our communities and our cultures. We need new, research-based knowledge and well-educated people, able to navigate in a changing world.
At the University of Oulu we promote learning and carry out research that pushes the boundaries of the known. We use our full potential to contribute to solving some of the greatest global challenges, including sustainable resource use, responsible business, human wellbeing and lifelong health, intelligent systems and services development, and harnessing environmental risks.
The research done at the University of Oulu benefits people living at all latitudes. However, our heritage as one of the Northernmost multidisciplinary universities in the world is invaluable now, when mankind’s new growth frontier is to the North. The demanding conditions of the far north have always forced people to be inventive and resourceful. Many innovations that have changed the world have their roots here. We call this: “Science with Arctic attitude”.
The University of Oulu in Northern Finland is an international, multidisciplinary research university with a rich pool of creative and intellectual talent.
The Oulu Region is recognized as a world-class R&D hub with R&D input per capita among the highest globally. We promote advanced research especially in the focus areas of Biosciences and Health, Environment, Natural Resources and Materials, Information Technology, and Cultural Identity and Interaction in eight faculties and more than 70 different specialist disciplines.
The University of Oulu has committed into continuing development of the recruitment and working environment of the researchers. The University of Oulu has proceeded with the first three steps of the HR Strategy for Researchers.