Short facts

Strategy: Contribution to lifelong learning and research-oriented and work-based societal interaction within Southern Finland and the Baltic Sea Region.

Employees: Approximately 80

History: The University of Turku has eleven special units for the implementation of academic research activities, learning, and societal interaction. The Brahea Centre for Training and Development is one of the special units, established in 1985.
Activity areas

The services offered by the university are academic continuing professional education, custom-made education, education export, development projects, project services and development of academic special competences.

The main fields of expert services include higher education, welfare, and entrepreneurship. Services are for example aimed at universities, universities of applied sciences, public and private organisations, companies, and Small Medium Enterprises (SME).

The open university offers high-quality university studies for personal and working life, as well as for the needs of society. In principle, studies consist of basic level university studies, with over 40 subjects and language courses available.
The congress office offers services for academic units, associations, and other organisations. It organises mainly scientific congresses, both international and national, but also other assignments are welcomed.

Ongoing SME-related and regional development programmes and projects

National main areas of programme and project operations

  • Higher education–industry -public sector interactions
  • Local and national food business
  • Branding and rural place promotion

International projects

  • BASIS – Building up Availability of SME Internationalisation Services (2011–2013)
  • Hybrid Parks – Combining abilities, creating syneregies and enhacing the performance of parks for sustainable development policies (2012–2014)
  • Knowsheep – Developing a Knowledge-based Sheep Industry on the Baltic Sea Islands (2010–2013)
  • Science Link – Network between world-leading Cluster of large-scale Research Infrastructure and Neutron Sources and Users fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in the Baltic Sea Region (2012–2014)