Uniarts Helsinki exceeded all quantitative targets for degrees in 2021 and retained its appeal despite COVID-19

The number of applicants to Uniarts Helsinki has increased and the number of completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees was higher than the targets set for them last year. There is also a clear upward trend in the number of scientific publications.

Uniarts Helsinki retained its appeal as a place of studies in 2021 despite the unusual circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Uniarts Helsinki reported a record-high number of applicants – 4,887 in total. Of all applicants, 7.1 per cent were admitted to the university. Of the admitted students, a third had an international background. 

The number of bachelor’s and master’s graduates from Uniarts Helsinki increased in 2021. The total number of master’s degrees completed at the university last year was 278. The number of completed bachelor’s degrees was 203. Uniarts Helsinki exceeded its graduate targets on both educational levels. The number of completed doctoral degrees, however, was slightly below the target (13). 

Based on the feedback gathered through the national Bachelor’s Graduate Surveys, students of Uniarts Helsinki are on average more satisfied with their university studies compared to bachelor’s graduates from other universities. The difference has stayed the same during the five-year analysis period from 2017 to 2021.

Uniarts Helsinki has doubled its number of publications over the past six years. The number of scientific publications published at Uniarts Helsinki has increased by five per cent from 2020. The number of peer-reviewed scientific articles has increased by six per cent compared to last year. 

A total of 1,827 students studied at the Open University, which is 19% more than in 2020.

A new campus and investments in education and research

In addition to changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the year of 2021 at Uniarts Helsinki was marked by major campus development projects. The new Mylly building was completed, which meant that Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts got to move to entirely new premises. Thanks to the new facilities, Uniarts Helsinki’s Sörnäinen campus is now finished. 

With funding from the Saastamoinen Foundation, Uniarts Helsinki established a professorship in artist pedagogy, which focuses on research in the education of professional artists. As far as is known, the professorship is the first of its kind in the world.

Other highlights of the year include the first joint curriculum reform process of Uniarts Helsinki and its progress as planned, the start of the Degree Programme in Design for the Performing Arts and the completion of the first phase of Uniarts Helsinki’s international research assessment. 

In accordance with the university’s strategy, the university engaged in responsibility work in 2021, and some of the focus areas include promotion of equality and non-discrimination as well as ecological sustainability.

Fixed-term employment practices among academic staff members who work in the total working time system were specified, and the employment relationship of 88 employees in teaching and research positions were updated as permanent. 

The collegium of Uniarts Helsinki will approve the university’s financial statement and annual board report of 2021 on May. Learn more about our key figures.