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's 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 interdisciplinary 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 well-being of students is among the primary concerns of the university and, in addition to the high standard of teaching, the university offers its students a modern study environment, which is under constant development. The university has extensive international relations and it is involved in several international networks. The university's teaching and research staff and students are active in participating in various mobility programmes. 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. 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 seeks to be among the leading 200 research universities in the world and, in our strong research areas, among the world's leading 50 research universities. 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 University of Eastern Finland is a smoke-free university.
The Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council (FINHEEC) has awarded a quality label to the University of Eastern Finland.
The University of Eastern Finland has received a European Commission acknowledgement for the development of researchers' status and research career.
Fair Trade Finland has awarded the University of Eastern Finland the Fair Trade University distinction.