Year of establishment: 1863.
Number of students: 14,700.
Number of academic staff: 1,560.
Number of administrative staff: 1,040.
Rector: Keijo Hämäläinen.

The University of Jyväskylä focuses on wisdom and wellbeing for the people and society, an approach that is reflected in the name of our strategy “Wellbeing and wisdom for us all”. It is essential that each member of our community thrives and has opportunities to grow and develop.

We at the University of Jyväskylä believe that the key to solving global challenges of today is in the promotion of competence and comprehensive wellbeing for people. The working culture of the JYU community is based on openness, trust, quality and integrity. Our thinking is fresh, and we inspire and encourage each other to test our boundaries. We value and make use of our differences while nurturing interaction and trust. We promote multidisciplinary cooperation and continuously aim to improve quality.

The foundations of the University of Jyväskylä lie in the first Finnish-speaking teacher training college, Jyväskylä Teacher Seminary, established in 1863 by Uno Cygnaeus. He is often called "the Father of the Finnish Primary School System". Teacher training and forward-looking work in teaching are counted among our strengths, along with natural sciences, humanities, sports and health.

The campus is a fascinating mix of old and new. The winding stone paths between buildings contrast with the great glass walls and gleaming marble. And everyone has a favourite spot on campus which they return to time and again - be it a wooden bench next to the athletics field or the far corner of the café in the Main Building.


JYU has Care and Reading Dogs to enhance the learning ability of students as well as to promote new pedagogical methods.


The University of Jyväskylä deems it important that students' needs for accessibility and individual services are accommodated at the university as far as possible. The university is committed to developing its learning environments and practices according to the Vice Rector's decision on Accessible education at the University of Jyväskylä (December 2019). 

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