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.