- Researchers discover a missing link in signals contributing to neurodegeneration
- Metabolic disorders predict the hardening of the arterial walls already in childhood
- Low vitamin D levels a risk factor for pneumonia
- Researchers created the biggest family tree of human cells
- Genes linked to obesity mapped in large-scale study
High Standard of Research
The University of Eastern Finland is a multidisciplinary university which is internationally recognised for its competitive research and education. The university’s research in its areas of expertise is of high international standard and the university’s education provision is attractive. Furthermore, the university’s research in the areas of expertise contributes to the national intellectual capital and the university produces research-based knowledge, which is relevant to the surrounding society and trade and industry alike.
The University of Eastern Finland provides strategic funding to 13 spearhead projects in research in its areas of expertise in 2011–2015. Read more
Areas of Expertise in Research
of the University of Eastern Finland
Forests and the Environment
The University of Eastern Finland enjoys a leading national position in the field of forestry research. The extensive research conducted by the university on forests and the climate, other natural resources and the human habitat in the natural sciences, health sciences and social sciences underscores the sustainable use of natural resources and constitutes an internationally unique research cluster in the field. The societal significance of the area of expertise is enhanced by research pertaining to environmental law, operating environments and societal development.
Health and Well-Being
Research in molecular medicine seeks to uncover the basic mechanisms behind various endemic diseases. Combined with clinical and population-based research, this creates new prerequisites for the development of prevention, diagnostics and new treatment methods for these diseases. Furthermore, the role of nutrition, exercise, other lifestyle choices and well-being for maintaining health constitutes an important field of research.
New Technologies and Materials
Technological research founded in the natural sciences is the key factor behind the future financial prosperity of Finland. The high standard of basic research in the natural sciences at the University of Eastern Finland serves as a foundation for developing new technologies and applications in biosciences, information sciences, materials sciences and nano sciences. Research in the area of expertise creates new knowledge and exploitability relating to medicine, information and communication technologies and the human habitat, as well as in the related technologies of production and use.
Establishment of new areas of expertise
in research and education
In addition to the above mentioned areas of expertise, the University of Eastern Finland has selected two regionally and nationally significant fields in which research and education will be further strengthened.
Broad-based Expertise Pertaining to Russia
Striving towards broad-based expertise pertaining to Russia and further enhancing cross-border cooperation are among the central goals of the University of Eastern Finland. In research relating to Russia and the European borders, border regions and fringe areas, the university seeks to reach the international top level. Furthermore, the university strengthens its research and education relating to the Russian language, culture, industry and commerce. The university develops its cooperation with Russia especially through the expertise found in the areas of expertise in education and research.
Certain Fields of Teacher Education
The University of Eastern Finland offers extensive and versatile teacher education. The university’s particular strengths in teacher education include the development of special education and guidance counselling, as well as the improvement of the preconditions for subject teacher training in the field of natural sciences. The university’s teaching emphasises the research and introduction of modern learning environments and technologies.