The University of Oulu is an international science university, which creates innovation for the future, well-being, and knowledge through research and education. Founded in 1958, our community is 13 500 students and 2800 employees strong, and one of the biggest and the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. The university consists of eight faculties and many specialized research units. There is growing interest towards minerals, energy resources, boreal forest and fresh water in the Arctic. The effects of global warming are dramatic in the Arctic region and new logistics routes are opening up. The sustainable use of natural resources is crucial as the Arctic is one of the purest and best-preserved natural environments in the world. The Arctic region is also home to millions of people, including indigenous peoples with unique cultures and traditional, nature-based livelihoods. Research at the University of Oulu supports the Arctic agenda with expertise in many fields, including sustainable use of natural resources, for example: sustainable mining and production technologies.
The importance of education and research in various aspects of the raw material industry has increased dramatically in Finland. This is related to the revival of mining and exploration during the last decade. The Oulu Mining School aims to integrate scientific disciplines along the value chain from exploration to mining and mineral processing. We concentrate on the research and education in Geosciences: geology and mineralogy, Quaternary geology, and Mining Engineering and Mineral Processing (including Applied Geophysics).