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University of Jyväskylä

Coordinates: 62°14′11″N 25°43′58″E / 62.23639°N 25.73278°E / 62.23639; 25.73278
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University of Jyväskylä
Jyväskylän yliopisto
Latin: Universitas Jyväskyläensis
MottoAmica veritas
Motto in English
Truth is a friend
Established1863 (160 years ago)[1]
RectorJari Ojala
Academic staff
1,800 (2023)[2]
Administrative staff
1,000 (2023)[3]
Students14 600 (and 26 000 adult education students)[4]
Undergraduates7000 (2023)[5]
Postgraduates6000 (2023)[6]
1500 (2023)[7]
Location, ,

62°14′11″N 25°43′58″E / 62.23639°N 25.73278°E / 62.23639; 25.73278
Colors   Blue and orange
The main building Capitolium
Ylistönrinne campus
Mattilanniemi campus
Agora building at the Mattilanniemi campus
Ylistönrinne at winter
Seminaarinmäki campus
Agora building main entrance
University of Jyväskylä, Ruusupuisto campus in the morning fog

The University of Jyväskylä (Finnish: Jyväskylän yliopisto) is a research university in Jyväskylä, Finland. It has its origins in the first Finnish-speaking Teacher Training College (the so-called Teacher Seminary), founded in 1863. Around 14,000 students are currently enrolled in the degree programs of the university.[8]


Founded in 1863,[9] the university has its origins in the first Finnish-speaking teacher training college, the so-called Teacher Seminary. Uno Cygnaeus was enthusiastic to educate the people and created a programme for organising primary school education in Finland. Cygnaeus' plan was realised in 1863, when a teacher seminary was established in Jyväskylä, on the current university campus. Based on the town's central location, the first Finnish-medium secondary schools for boys and girls were also established in Jyväskylä. The foundation of the world-famous school system was created at the University of Jyväskylä. The teacher seminary evolved into the College of Education in 1937, at which time it was given the authority to grant doctorate degrees. In the 1960s, the college started teaching and researching in the sciences and in 1967 was renamed the University of Jyväskylä.[10]

Today the University of Jyväskylä is a nationally and internationally significant research university with expertise in education and a focus on human and natural sciences. The university is Finland's leading expert in teacher training and adult education, as well as a major exporter of education. The Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences is the only one of its kind in the country[citation needed].

The university offers a wide range of study programmes for master's degree conducted in English, many of which are unique in Finland. Natural Sciences, Human Sciences, Sports and Health Sciences as well as Teacher education are the university's areas of special expertise[citation needed].


The university has 14,000 students in addition to its adult education students, representing nearly 40,000 students in total. Each year around 2,800 new students are admitted and generally only a seventh of applicants are accepted; this makes University of Jyväskylä one of the most popular and selective universities in Finland. Measured according to the number of master's degrees conferred, the University of Jyväskylä is ranked as the second largest university in Finland.


The university offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, teacher training programmes and over 120 subject area disciplines.

The university is currently divided into six faculties:

  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Information Technology
  • Faculty of Education and Psychology
  • Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Mathematics and Science
  • Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics

Independent institutes in addition to faculties:

  • Centre for Multilingual Academic Communication, Movi
  • Finnish Institute for Educational Research
  • Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius
  • Open University
  • Open Science Centre | University Library | University Museum

Research centres and rankings[edit]

University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[11]701–800 (2023)
QS World[12]=446 (2024)
THE World[13]401–500 (2024)
USNWR Global[14]=520 (2023)

Centres of Excellence in Research nominated by the Academy of Finland:


  • Center of Excellence in Quark Matter, Physics
  • Centre of Excellence in Learning Dynamics and Intervention Research, Psychology and Educational Sciences
  • Centre of Excellence in Music, Mind, Body and Brain, Music
  • Finnish Centre of excellence in Randomness and Structures, Mathematics, coordinated by University of Helsinki


  • Research on Ageing and Care (Coordinated by Jyväskylä)
  • Inverse Modelling and Imaging (Coordinated by Helsinki)
  • Game Culture Studies (Coordinated by Tampere)

University of Jyväskylä in global rankings

In the global rankings, research activity at the JYU is among the top two to three percent of all universities.[15]

Research funding

The university has succeeded well in acquiring competitive research funding - European Research Council funding as an example.[16]

Also Academy Professorships are internationally leading-edge researchers and recognised experts in their field. They are expected to have great scientific impact in the scientific community and in society at large.[17]

International cooperation in education[edit]

The University of Jyväskylä aims to offer its students the opportunity to study abroad and internationalisation at home. Therefore, the University of Jyväskylä is active in a variety of international programmes, such as the Lifelong Learning Programme, Nordplus, north–south-South Higher Education Exchange, FIRST and ISEP. The university has also concluded bilateral agreements on student exchange with 25 universities around the world. Altogether, the university is involved in student exchanges with more than 360 universities worldwide[citation needed].


Aalto Campus, Main Building (1954-56)

The faculties and departments are mainly located on three campus areas: the Main Campus area in the city centre - where the original Teacher Seminary has first started - as well as Mattilanniemi and Ylistönrinne Campuses on opposite shores of Lake Jyväsjärvi, united by a bridge, some 10 minutes walk from the Main Campus area.

Several buildings in the main campus area were designed by famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. Aalto received the commission to design the College of Education campus following a competition held in 1951. Aalto played on the idea of Jyväskylä's image among the town's inhabitants as it being the "Athens of the North", and layout of the campus reflects principles of Greek acropolis layouts. His scheme even included a Greek-style open-air theatre, though executed in minimal form.

Buildings in the campus area designed by Alvar Aalto:

  • Teachers Training School 1951-54
  • Staff housing 1951 (now offices of the Jyväskylä University Museum, Building G)
  • Student's Hall of Residence 1952-54 (Building Philologica, P)
  • Lozzi and Lyhty staff and student refectories (P)
  • Main Building 1954–1956, Building C
  • Swimming Pool 1954–1958, 1964, several alterations (called Aalto-Alvari)
  • Physical Education Building 1971
  • Library 1957 (now the Aalto Reading Room)

In 1969-1970 an architectural competition was arranged for the design of new university campus sites at Mattilanniemi and Ylistönrinne. The competition was won by architect Arto Sipinen, who had previously worked in Aalto's office. Sipinen also designed new buildings for the main campus, including a new main library (1974).

The three campus areas of the university - Seminaarinmäki, Mattilanniemi and Ylistönrinne - constitute a multifaceted cultural and natural environment.

The Seminaarinmäki area is of particular interest as it depicts over 100 years of history of this institute of higher education. The three distinct eras in the history of the university, first as a Teacher Training College (Seminar) 1863–1937), then as the Jyväskylä College of Education (1934-1966), to its present-day university status (1966-) are reflected in the buildings dating from the different periods.

The Teacher Seminary complex comprised five red brick buildings from 1879 to 1883 by architect Constantin Kiseleff. The old Seminar buildings and the college buildings designed by Alvar Aalto are all listed as buildings protected by the law.

Because of the need to build more facilities for the university, new buildings have been designed, many of them by architect Arto Sipinen. The Faculty of Education and Psychology has the most recently designed facility, Ruusupuisto ("Rose Park", 2015) by SARC Architects Ltd. The building got its name from a former park from the beginning of the 20th century. It was named after the many luxuriant rosebushes planted on its southern hill.

Student Union[edit]

The Student Union of the University of Jyväskylä (JYY) is the students’ very own organization. The basic task of the Student Union is to represent its members and protect their interests and rights at the university as well as in the surrounding society. All degree and exchange students enrolled in the University of Jyväskylä become members of the Student Union.


Kortepohja Student Village[edit]

Kortepohja Student Village is owned by the Student Union of the University of Jyväskylä. Kortepohja, located about 2.5 kilometres from the Main Campus and city centre, housing approximately 1900 students.

Central Finland Student Housing Foundation, KOAS[edit]

KOAS offers ca. 3900 apartments all around the Jyväskylä town area. The apartment buildings are conveniently located in the suburbs of Jyväskylä.

Notable people and alumni[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Campus and History". Jyväskylän yliopisto. Retrieved 2021-08-17.
  2. ^ "Introduction and key figures".
  3. ^ "Introduction and key figures".
  4. ^ "Introduction and key figures".
  5. ^ "Tutkinto-opiskelijat".
  6. ^ "Tutkinto-opiskelijat".
  7. ^ "Tutkinto-opiskelijat".
  8. ^ "Welcome to University of Jyväskylä". Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  9. ^ "University of Jyväskylä, Jyv Skyl, Finland - Listing by Bizpages". bizpages.org. Retrieved 2020-04-25.
  10. ^ "Campus and History". Jyväskylän yliopisto. Retrieved 2021-04-02.
  11. ^ "ARWU World University Rankings 2034". www.shanghairanking.com. Retrieved 26 August 2022.
  12. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2024". topuniversities.com. 19 June 2023. Retrieved 26 August 2023.
  13. ^ "World University Rankings". timeshighereducation.com. 6 August 2023. Retrieved 26 August 2023.
  14. ^ "U.S. News Education: Best Global Universities 2022-23". Retrieved 23 November 2023.
  15. ^ "Rankings".
  16. ^ "ERC-funded Researchers, European Research Council".
  17. ^ "Academy Professors".
  18. ^ Educom Net
  19. ^ "Rector Jari Ojala — University of Jyväskylä". Retrieved 2023-10-28.

External links[edit]

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