The University of Oulu is an international science university which creates innovation for the future, well-being, and knowledge through multidisciplinary research and education.

Future innovation is about seeking, utilizing and applying new knowledge. The University of Oulu researches people and culture in a changing living environment, as well as opportunities that new technology provides for improving the well-being of people and the environment. The University of Oulu is a multidisciplinary expert in Northerness.

Founded in 1958, our research and education community is 16 000 students and 3000 employees strong, and one of the biggest and the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. The ten faculties, the many departments and the specialized research units of the University of Oulu create the foundation for multiscientific research, innovation and training of experts for demanding professional tasks. More information can be found here.

Oulu University Teacher Training School (Oulun normaalikoulu, "Norssi"), is one of ten teacher training schools in Finland. More than 1200 pupils and 600 student teachers, together with 120 staff members form versatile, skilled and enthusiastic educational society. Our school is a Unesco school where internationality, equality and tolerance are promoted.

We educate pupils to independent thinking, initiativeness, responsibility and co-operativeness. We also provide high-class education with the aid of the latest information technology.

According to our administrative rules we have four principal roles:
- to organize free, high level basic education in comprehensive school and in general upper secondary school (senior high)
- to organize concurrent pedagogical training and educational courses for student teachers, in co-operation with the Faculty of Education and other faculties.
- to participate actively pedagogical research, development and experimental projects, together with researchers in local, national and international level.
- to provide in-service training for teachers, principals and administrators.

The Philosophy of Oulu University Teacher Training School
We in Oulu University Teacher Training School regard diversity of life, equality and community spirit as essential values. Our safe and forward-looking school works for diverse human growth and development in order for our pupils and students to become widely able and responsible members of society.


The City of Oulu is the capital of northern Finland. The Oulu Region has about 250,000 inhabitants and it is the fastest growing region in Finland. The City of Oulu itself has over 200,000 inhabitants. There are good opportunities for studying, working and research and development, especially in the hi-tech sector. The Oulu Region also has a lively cultural climate.

Transport connections are direct and fast, regardless of the means of transport or direction. All main roads meet in Oulu. Oulu has an international airport and there are about 15 flights to and from Helsinki each day. In addition, you can fly direct from Oulu to Riga, Tampere, Rovaniemi and Kemi-Tornio. Oulu railway station is one of the busiest in Finland.

Nowadays the Oulu Region is well known for its technology, the hi-tech growth having started after the establishment of Oulu University in 1958. There are two science parks in the region: Technopolis Plc, Scandinavia's first science park, and Medipolis Ltd., as well as a technology centre, Ii Micropolis Ltd. The region is home to many hi-tech companies, such as Nokia, and the sector currently employs over 10,000 people.

There are several research institutes, including VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and the University Hospital. There is also the multidisciplinary Oulu University of Applied Sciences.