The preparations for the establishment of the University of Eastern Finland began in 2006. In October 2006, the Ministry of Education chose the collaboration model between the University of Joensuu and the University of Kuopio as one of the national-level spearhead projects in structural development.
UEF is a multidisciplinary university, which offers teaching in more than 100 major subjects. We have four faculties: the Philosophical Faculty, the Faculty of Science and Forestry, the Faculty of Health Sciences, and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies. Our activities underscore multidisciplinarity. Our key interdisciplinary research areas are built around four global challenges. These challenges are Ageing, lifestyles and health; Learning in a digitised society; Cultural encounters, mobilities and borders; and Environmental change and sufficiency of natural resources.
Our research is ranked among the best in the world in several fields. As a multidisciplinary university, we train experts for the various sectors of society. We seek solutions to global challenges through multidisciplinary research and education. In collaboration with our partners, we generate new knowledge, expertise and innovations.
Research carried out at the University of Eastern Finland is of a high international standard and has significant impact, with an emphasis on interdisciplinarity. We have identified four global challenges for which we seek solutions through our interdisciplinary research and education.
Through multidisciplinary collaboration, we produce unique research data and open new horizons. With our strong vision, we are determined to find new solutions and new perspectives in the rapidly changing world.
We target the use of our human resources so as to promote the achievement of the university's strategic goals. Top-level researchers and teachers are recruited actively and the related practices are flexible. We offer our teachers and researchers a goal-oriented and incentivised career.
We develop leadership and the management of human resources so as to allow the staff to focus on duties that correspond to their expertise at different stages of their careers.
A non- EU / EEA citizen intending to enter Finland must secure a study visa/ residence permit at their nearest Finnish embassy or consulate with the admission confirmation documents provided by the university. A non- EU / EEA citizen must also demonstrate that their own funds or scholarship will cover their living expenses in Finland. More information on the residence permits can be found on the Finnish Immigration Service's website.
UEF Library raffles annually a 100 € scholarship between the UEF students who have submitted their Master's Thesis with an Open Access during the ongoing year. The year 2018 prize draw is arranged during the international Open Access week between 22nd and 28th October 2018.
UEF provides staff, students and stakeholders with a modern digital working environment. The service consists of daily used tools that are easy to use and available anywhere, for any device. The digital environment is built mainly on Microsoft Office 365 services. There are tools available for personal use, for collaboration in workgroups and for the entire university.
Finnish Student Health Service, FSHS, provides all Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students at the University of Eastern Finland, including exchange students, with preventive health care, medical care, mental health care and dental care. Almost every type of health servicea student might need, with the exception of hospital treatment and maternity clinics, are included.
UEF is located in three lively campuses, Joensuu, Kuopio and Savonlinna.
The University of Eastern Finland offers its staff and students the opportunity to utilise sports services with the intent of increasing general well-being.The Student Union aims to provide its members with fun experiences and the pure joy of exercise. It is not our intent to turn our members into serious athletes, but to encourage them to spontaneously partake in sports activities. The Student Union aims to achieve this by organising events such as the bi-annual sports afternoon, where members are given the opportunity to try out a variety of sports that suit various individual skills and tastes.