University of Jyväskylä

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The University of Jyväskylä (Finnish: Jyväskylän yliopisto) is a university in Jyväskylä, Finland. It has its origins in the first Finnish-speaking teacher training college, founded in 1863. The college evolved into a College of Education in 1937, at which time it was given the authority to grant doctorate degrees. In the 1960s, the college started teaching and researching in the sciences and was subsequently renamed as University of Jyväskylä.

The university is currently divided into seven faculties:

  1. Faculty of Humanities
  2. Faculty of Information Technology
  3. Faculty of Education
  4. Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences
  5. Faculty of Mathematics and Science
  6. School of Business and Economics
  7. Faculty of Social Sciences.

Each is active in research and provides undergraduate and graduate degree programs in more than one subject.

About 16,000 students are enrolled in the degree programmes of the university. Each year about two thousand new students are admitted and generally only one of seven applicants are admitted; this makes the University of Jyväskylä one of the most popular universities in Finland.

The university offers a wide range of study programmes for the Bachelor's or Master's degree conducted in English, many of which are unique in Finland. Natural Sciences, Human Sciences, Sport and Health Sciences as well as Teacher Education are the university's areas of special expertise.

Its web site is at http://www.jyu.fi/en/ (in English).

The University has a strong reputation for e-learning. It is a member of FADE, the Finnish Association for Distance Education.