University of Lapland Strategy 2025


The mission of the University of Lapland is captured in its watchword,
"For the North, for the world".

Vision 2025

The University will create, and be recognised for, an international profile as an Arctic and Northern science and art university.

Core values

  • Creative, impactful and responsible engagement
  • Critical and emancipatory perspectives
  • Individual and community commitment


Strategic profile



Research on change in the Arctic and the North

The impacts of global economic and political changes and global warming are felt more keenly in the Arctic than elsewhere. Research and research-based teaching at the University of Lapland focus on the communities and the environment in the North and on the interaction between these two elements.

Strategic focuses

Sustainable development, law and justice

This area analyses the interests of different groups of actors in light of the conditions and regulation of the environment in which they work. The research seeks to produce knowledge on the future options available in the Arctic and the North as regards sustainable cultural, social, economic and ecological development. Of particular salience are themes relating to indigenous peoples.

Northern well-being, education and work

The change affecting the Arctic is impacting its population's well-being, social structures and migration patterns. Research under this heading focuses on the social, economic, political and educational factors particular to the region that detract from contribute to its well-being. The University will pursue multidisciplinary research on change and educate experts on changing work.

Responsible tourism

Research in the field of responsible tourism emphasises successful combining the local way of life, landscape and built environment with development of the tourism sector. Multidisciplinary tourism research focuses on hospitality policy, the design of tourism services and the planning of tourist environments of the future. The research will yield tools for understanding and development that can be applied in community planning as well as in the tourism cluster.

Culture-centred service design

Service design taps synergies between art and science to develop tourism and industrial products, improve e-services and well-being services and create barrier-free and safe environments. As a force for research and education in service design, the University will create a foundation enabling public services, educational institutions and the private sector to produce competitive and sustainable services in a multicultural environment.


Implementation plan

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