University of Turku
The University of Turku is an international research university and an active academic community of more than 25,000 students and employees. The University has several internationally distinguished research concentrations including thematic collaborations in Biofuture, Bioimaging, Drug Development and Diagnostics.
Bioscience success stories are born from strong research in the fields of cancer research, molecular biosciences, and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases research. For instance, our host defence and autoimmune disease research is internationally at the top of the field, as is the development of diagnostics and imaging methods.
Based on an international evaluation, five thematic research programmes have been nominated to profile the research activities at the Faculty of Medicine and BioCity Turku. They are programmes in Biomaterial and Medical Device Research; Diagnostic Technologies and Applications Research; Cardiovascular, Inflammatory, Endocrine & Metabolic Disorders Research; Receptor Research, and Translational Infectious Disease and Immunity Research. In addition, the Faculty of Medicine has an internationally distinguished Department of Nursing Science.
The exceptionally extensive campus area in Turku, called the Turku University Health Campus, is a significant center of operations in health and biosciences. The campus forms the largest multi-professional education cluster in medicine and health sciences in Finland. The Hospital District of Southwest Finland, the University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University, Turku University of Applied Sciences and Novia University of Applied Sciences are actively developing the services and operations in the area. Turku University Hospital is in the top three of the Nordic university hospitals according to the citation rates in Health Sciences.
In addition to advancing the prerequisites for research and education, the collaboration develops the business and innovation activities in the region. The University works in close collaboration with Finland’s first biobank, Auria. Approximately one million samples are stored in the biobank and used for medical research. A majority of the new drug molecules created in Finland have been developed in Turku. In addition, roughly half of Finland’s medical and diagnostics industry is situated in Turku.
Expertise found in Turku has also been noticed worldwide. Success in international university rankings and the multiple recognitions and awards are great examples. One of the exporters of our bioscience expertise is NIDE, a transnational education company in dentistry, which provides high-quality continuing training for dentistry professionals. Furthermore, Finland University, a transnational education company owned by the University of Turku, offers high-quality international education services especially in the fields of biomedicine and public health.