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University collaboration

Universities produce new know-how and professional workforce for the area, which are the main pillars of Helsinki’s competitiveness. The City of Helsinki collaborates closely with area universities. The City advances housing for international and domestic students, supports student employment and settling in the area, and promotes better utilization of research collaboration.

The City also advances the generation of new business activity in campus areas and offers enterprises opportunities to locate in the vicinity of campuses. The City participates in the development, testing and application of new solutions in different fields.

The City of Helsinki liaison for university collaboration is Senior Planning Officer
Ida Björkbacka, e-mail ida.bjorkbacka(at)

08.10.2018 16:42

Helsinki Think Company

Helsinki Think Company is a meeting place for new kind of entrepreneurship in the heart of the city where students, researchers and everybody interested in entrepreneurship can network. It is a communal workspace, scene of events and a passage to services. Think Co. is a platform for creating action and business out of ideas steaming from the university.

Helsinki EU Office and Helsinki Centre in St. Petersburg

The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council has two representative offices abroad: the Helsinki EU Office in Brussels and the Helsinki Centre in St. Petersburg. The Helsinki EU Office in Brussels is also administrated by Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council.

Helsinki Metropolitan Region urban research program

The programme promotes multidisciplinary and internationally high-level urban research that stems from the Helsinki metropolitan region’s special features and deepens research and development collaboration in the region.

Professor in the Economics of Baltic Sea Protection

The City of Helsinki has contributed a professorship to the University of Helsinki under the city's Baltic Sea Action Plan. The city and the university have a broader co-operation in the Baltic Sea issues under the Baltic Sea Challenge concept.

University cooperation on life sciences, innovative campuses and urban research

The city of Helsinki has long-term strategic partnerships with the universities in the region and is an active enabler, connector and ecosystem builder. Read more.