The University of Turku (UTU) was founded in the 1920, but its roots date back to 1640 and the Royal Academy of Turku, established under the Swedish rule. Today, UTU is one of the leading research universities in Finland offering research and study opportunities in seven faculties from medicine, humanities to social sciences and education. UTU has 20 000 students, including 2 000 international students from over 100 different countries. UTU’s cross-cutting research is based on strong academic competence and most of its research groups are international and multidisciplinary. In June 2013, the European Commission awarded the University of Turku the right to use the HR Excellence in Research logo. The logo is a token of the university’s commitment to continuous development of the position and working conditions of researchers along the guidelines set forth in the European Charter for Researchers. The activities of UTU are based on responsibility, sustainable development and understanding and appreciating diversity within the higher education community.  Capacity building for education, research and university structures in other countries is supported through academic cooperation, participation in networks and different projects.

UTU is an experienced project coordinator and active partner in international educational and research programmes and in capacity building and mobility projects. Furthermore, in 2015, UTU had over 300 volunteers who signed up to help the refugees in the Turku region together with Finnish Red Cross. The help included to get everyone housed and clothed, and to give them the Finnish language lessons and the lectures on Finnish society. This is why UTU is very interested in participating in this LALI-project.

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