The new University of Turku, formed when the University of Turku and Turku School of Economics merged as of 1 Jan 2010 is an internationally competitive research university whose operation is based on high-level multidisciplinary research. The mission of the University is to promote free research and scientific civilization and provide the highest research-based education.
The University of Turku recognizes areas of strength in research. Molecular biosciences form the widest strength area of the University. Other recognized areas of strength are cardiovascular and metabolic research, ecological interactions and ecological genetics research, learning and education research, future studies and research on institutional design and social mechanisms.
The University has seven faculties: Faculties of Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Medicine, Law, Social Sciences and Education and Turku School of Economics. Outside the faculties are twelve special units where research activities and learning take place.