University of Eastern Finland

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Year of foundation: 2010
Approx. number of students: 14,000
Period of study: Early September-End December; Early January-End May
MCI partner since: 2006 (as University of Kuopio)

The City

Kuopio is located in the province of Eastern Finland and the region of Northern Savonia. A population of approx. 92,000 makes it the ninth biggest city in the country. The city is surrounded by lake Kallavesi, and several parts of it are built on islands.

Kuopio is known for its association with a national delicacy, Finnish fish pastry (Kalakukko), and the dialect of Savo, as well as the hill of Puijo and the Puijo tower. Besides being a very popular outdoor recreation area, Puijo serves also as a stage for a yearly World Cup ski jumping competition.

The city has a nationally unique feature in its street network, where every second street is practically a pedestrian and cycle street. These streets provide pedestrians a calm environment aside from the main street traffic.

The University

The University of Eastern Finland is a new university being built from two current universities in Eastern Finland. It is formed from University of Joensuu and University of Kuopio. The two main campuses are in Joensuu and Kuopio. One smaller campus in Savonlinna (currently a part of the University of Joensuu).

One of the first steps towards the new university was the forming of joint faculties in Economics and Natural Sciences between the universities. In May 2008 it was decided, that University of Eastern Finland would be structured into four major faculties; 1) Faculty of Philosophy, 2) Faculty of Forestry and Natural Sciences, 3) Faculty of Health Sciences, 4) Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences.

Based on current fields of education, University of Eastern Finland (and Åbo Akademi) will offer the widest selection of studies after University of Helsinki.