CITIES AND UNIVERSITIES
Become a Visionary. Understand the World. Change it.
UTA is a culturally-committed higher education institution with the social mission of educating visionaries who understand the world and change it. The profile of the University of Tampere accentuates the university’s multifaceted research and education on society and health.
In its research, the university addresses the central issues in contemporary society. By providing critical knowledge and education, the university helps people and societies to improve their health and their cultural, social and economic well-being.
The basic values of the university are academic freedom, creativity and social responsibility. This means that everyone has an equal right to learn, to acquire knowledge, to participate and to make an impact on society.
Tampere, the home city of the university is the second largest city-region in Finland.
Versatile solutions to global challenges. Working for a brighter, more sustainable tomorrow.
KTH is Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculties from around the world dedicated to advancing knowledge.
Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) is working with industry and society in the pursuit of sustainable solutions to some of humanity’s greatest challenges: climate change, future energy supply, urbanisation and quality of life for the rapidly-growing elderly population. We are addressing these with world leading, high-impact research and education in natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.
KTH will continue to focus on research and education for a brighter, more sustainable tomorrow. We will continuously assess the impact of our efforts in society and contribute with the intellectual resources of our students and researchers to create new approaches to some of the most critical challenges of our times.
KTH is Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculties from around the world dedicated to advancing knowledge
Co-creation of knowledge
UiA seeks to be an open and inclusive university that is characterized by a culture of cooperation. Knowledge is successfully co-created when staff, students and the larger community challenge each other. High-quality, international research is the basis for all our priority areas.
The priority area Learning and Education for the Future shows that we have high ambitions for the students’ learning for the working life of the future, ability to critical reflection and personal development.
The priority area Global Mindset strengthens our position as an attractive partner for cooperation as well as our international profile. UiA shall integrate global issues in study programmes and research, and contribute to solving global challenges. We will encourage cooperation, dialogue and mutual cultural development.
The priority area Community Involvement and Innovation provides a direction for how UiA can help in finding solutions to the complex challenges of the future. We will contribute to the development of society by promoting a culture of innovation, take an active part in public debate and develop new models for co – creation of knowledge.
Finland’s most popular city for studying
Tampere has been voted as the most popular place to live in Finland several times. It is a very student-oriented city, with approximately 40,000 of its 220,000 inhabitants being students. The city offers a wide variety of sports facilities, cultural experiences and excellent services in safe surroundings. Beautiful nature, efficient public transportation and other services, and versatile student discounts ensure that your life in Tampere is both comfortable and affordable.
Close to nature
Tampere’s city centre is surrounded by lake and ridge scenery, sited on an isthmus between lakes Pyhäjärvi and Näsijärvi. The Tammerkoski rapids run through the city. Pyynikki, which was formed by the action of ice and sea more than 10,000 years ago, is the world’s highest gravel ridge. At its highest it rises 80 metres above Lake Pyhäjärvi and 160 metres above sea level.
There are 200 lakes and ponds in Tampere, and a total of 450 in the entire region.
24 per cent of Tampere’s surface area is water and 76 per cent land. 18.5 per cent of the land has a town plan.
There are numerous nature reserves in Tampere. Pyynikki and Viikinsaari, which are near the city centre, are the best known of them.
Parks and green areas amount to 2,400 hectares, approximately 100 square metres per inhabitant. The city also has four allotment areas. The Hatanpää allotment, established in 1916, was among the first in Finland.
The most prominent academic centre in Northern Europe
One of Europe’s creative hubs
Every year, a handful of outstanding scientists come to Stockholm to accept the Nobel Prize. But they are outnumbered compared to the 8,000 international students living in Stockholm.
Following your studies, your cutting edge competence will be in high demand in Stockholm – one of the world´s fastest growing cities. Stockholm is also closer to the rest of Europe than you might think. Cities like London, Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Berlin are just a short plane ride away.
Student city Stockholm
Stockholm has a unique tradition of higher education and a wealth of possibilities offered by few other cities. It’s a city where preconceptions are challenged and innovations are born. Exchange students, master students, doctoral students and guest researchers come to Stockholm from all over the world.
Here you will find cutting edge competence everywhere – from technical colleges and nursing schools to colleges and universities specialising in social sciences, law, economics, and art. Traditional education is offered alongside interdisciplinary studies with a modern approach to the academic tradition.
There is an extensive range of programmes and courses to choose from and many of the master’s courses are available in English. Whichever field you are interested in, you can be sure to find it.
Nature at your doorstep
While you have access to the throbbing capital with its beating pulse, festivals and events, you are also very close to nature. Stockholm consists of equal parts of water, green open spaces and developed land, and it is one of the cleanest cities in the world.
Parks and green areas nestle amongst the midtown cityscapes and the heavily built-up suburbs. Several nature reserves are close to the city, such as the Stockholm archipelago with its 24,000 islands and skerries. Only a short boat ride away you can find secluded creeks perfect for hot summer days, picnics, or watching the late sunsets of the North.
It is easy to be active and enjoy nature in Stockholm. You will find yourself within easy reach of trails for hiking and mountain biking, lakes and beaches for swimming, ski areas, and coastlines for long distance ice-skating.
The administrative, business and cultural capital of Southern Norway
The city is idyllically located on Norway’s southern coast. The sea and surrounding fjords are perfect for recreational activities like fishing and sailing, and the nearby mountains are ideal for skiing and hiking.
In the urban areas, you will find a rich variety of cafés, restaurants, art galleries, museums and cultural activities. The new concert and theatre house, Kilden, opened its doors in 2012. With 2,200 seats, this is the most significant endeavour for decades in the cultural arena in Kristiansand.
Kristiansand is the fifth largest city in Norway with a population of around 88,000. The city was formally founded by King Christian IV in 1641. The centre of Kristiansand, in layout essentially unchanged since the 17th century, is called ”Kvadraturen” due to its square gridline of streets. The old city of Kristiansand is home to Northern Europe’s largest collection of low, terraced, white, wooden houses dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.
During the 18th century, Kristiansand grew into a major port both due to its expanding ship building industry and its trade fleet. Historically, Kristiansand has been a busy international shipping port, a role that is still emphasized by the growing number of companies supplying personnel, equipment and services to the North Sea oil industry. Some of the largest companies in Kristiansand are energy based, either as suppliers to the oil industry or as producers of or suppliers to the emerging renewable energy market. The Kristiansand region boasts a wide range of technological expertise with an international approach.
The Kristiansand City Council established the Cultiva Foundation in 2002. With an investment of EUR 200 million, the Foundation aims to promote a more dynamic city through innovation, development and competence building within the creative environment of the city.