The University of Helsinki (UH) is the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. The University of Helsinki is also one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in the world and it is the only Finnish university to consistently rank in the top 100 of international university rankings.
Ruralia Institute is an independent research and development institute under the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry specializing to develop rural livelihoods and welfare. The institute carries out its duties by conducting multidisciplinary research and providing instruction, developing solutions that promote entrepreneurship and wellbeing, networking and constructing open learning environments, promoting research and teaching. Core areas of research and development activities include phenomena in the fields of sustainable use of natural resources, entrepreneurship and well-being from the perspective of rural areas. On a social level, the institute examines sustainable development and the interaction between rural and urban areas in a globalising world. The objective is to blend university-level scientific knowledge, expertise and practical experience-based knowledge in a solution-oriented manner in cooperation with partners. Typically trainings are planned and implemented together with local developers, businesses and other parties. Approximately 2000 people participate annually to the different kinds of trainings. The institute employs approximately 50 people.
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