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University of Lapland: For the North – for the world

September 5, 2017

Located on the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi, University of Lapland is the youngest comprehensive university in Finland. Although young, she is well-known for its outstanding achievements in northern science, international law, art and design, as well as tourism management.




Arctic Circle has become the focus of global attention, while University

of Lapland enjoys her unique natural advantage in arctic research.

University of Lapland started cooperation with China in

1990s, mainly with Renmin University of China in the field

of social sciences. Since 2006, University of Lapland and the

Law School of Renmin University of China have carried out

extensive cooperation and exchanges, including the annual

visiting professor program and student exchanges. China

President Xi Jinping and other Chinese government leaders

have also visited University of Lapland.



Mr. Mauri Ylä-Kotola, Rector of University of Lapland, attaches


great importance to the cooperation between China

and Finland in the interview. He believes that this is not only important for universities, but also for the development of local area and local tourism industry. In 2016, Bewin International Sports & Culture Co Ltd and University of Lapland signed a donation agreement. In 2017, University of Lapland

and Beijing Sports University signed an agreement to open a Confucius Institute in University of Lapland, to deepen cooperation in education, sports and snow & ice industry.



With the vigorous development of winter sports in China, University of Lapland looks forward to more cooperation with Chinese educational institutions and partners. In addition to direct bilateral agreements, the University collaborates through the UArctic network. The University of the Arctic (UArctic) is a cooperative network of universities, colleges, research institutes and other organizations concerned with education and research in and about the North. UArctic builds and strengthens collective resources

and collaborative infrastructure that enables member institutions to better serve their constituents and their regions. Through cooperation in education, research and outreach we enhance human capacity in the North, promote viable

communities and sustainable economies, and forge global

partnerships. UArctic’s vision is “An Empowered North –

With Shared Voices,” underlining that all northerners must

have a say in their own future and that of the region as a

whole. Our mission to “Empower the people of the Circumpolar

North by providing unique educational and research

opportunities through collaboration within a powerful network

of members” reinforces that aim. The network consists

of 188 members, of which 137 are higher education institutions

and 51 other organizations.



The University of Lapland

and Lapland University of

Applied Sciences collaborate

closely as Lapland University

Consortium. Lapland is a safe

and healthy living environment


for growth and development.

We provide our students

with up to date scientific

and practical knowledge, cozy

atmosphere and co-operation

across disciplinary boundaries

as well as with


the local business





Located on the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland, University of Lapland is an Arctic and northern science and art university. By combining science and art, the research and research-based teaching at the University provide means for understanding, controlling and exploiting Arctic and northern change.


University of Lapland has a number of collaborative research agreements, as well as student and teacher exchange programmes with Chinese universities. Exchange programmes and joint research have been carried out longest in the fields of law, social work and climatology.


In addition to direct bilateral agreements, the University collaborates through the UArctic network. The network consists of 170 higher education institutions, University of Lapland being one of its coordinators. The network also includes 12 Chinese universities and research institutes. For the last few years, the number of Chinese visitors in the Finnish Lapland has increased at the annual growth rate as high as 50 %. The visitors are attracted here by snow, nature, the Northern Lights and Santa Claus. Founded by University of Lapland and Lapland University of Applied Sciences, the Lapland University Consortium operates in Lapland to develop tourism and tourism research. The higher education institutions have joint Multidimensional Tourism Institute.

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