University of Eastern Finland (UEF)


With approximately 15,000 students and 2,800 members of staff, the University of Eastern Finland is one of the largest universities in Finland. The university campuses are located in Joensuu, Kuopio and Savonlinna. The University of Eastern Finland is a multidisciplinary university, which offers teaching in more than 100 major subjects. The university comprises 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. The activities of the university underscore multidisciplinarity. The university’s key research areas are built around four global challenges: Ageing, lifestyles and health; Learning in a digitised society; Cultural encounters, mobilities and borders; and Environmental change and sufficiency of natural resources.
The university has extensive international relations and it is involved in several international networks. The university has concluded bilateral agreements on cooperation with approximately 100 universities abroad. Moreover, the university is involved in several international networks and discipline-specific projects. The university’s teaching and research staff and students are active in participating in various mobility programmes. With its extensive networks, this multidisciplinary and international university constitutes a significant competence cluster, which promotes the well-being and positive development of eastern Finland. The University of Eastern Finland was established in 2010 as the result of the merger of the University of Joensuu and the University of Kuopio.
The School of Applied Educational Science and Teacher Education in the Philosophical Faculty seeks to find solutions for the global challenge ‘Learning in a digitised society’ through strong research and research-based education that meets the challenges of tomorrow’s working life. The School educates teachers and experts in education and schooling who are capable of operating in changing learning environments and organisations. Research is multidisciplinary and it is conducted in regional, national and international networks. The number of School’s staff is 72 and the annual intake of students is 382. The school has participated in EU Framework Programmes and is the national coordinator in several Comenius projects.
Tuula Keinonen (Coordinator) is Professor in Education (research on general education) especially science education. She holds PhDs in Physics and in Education. Her research covers the STS approach, teachers’ growth, environmental education and medicine education. She supervises PhD students and has experience in pre- and in-service teacher training: she is director of the Doctoral Programme in Educational Sciences in Interdisciplinary Context. She has written in cooperation with teachers, science exercise books for students and related books for teachers for use in secondary schools. She has published in international journals and has coordinated an international project “Northern Environmental Education Development” (NEED) in the EU’s Northern Periphery Programme and is currently participating in the PROFILES FW7-project.

For more information, please visit UEF homepage and School of Applied Educational Science and Teacher Education.

National MultiCO-website in Finnish.