Multidisciplinary. International. Research University.

The University of Turku is an active academic community of 25,000 students and employees, which conducts groundbreaking and interdisciplinary research. We engage in the development of Finnish and international education and innovations paving the way for a brighter future.

In addition to Turku, we have campuses in the cities of Rauma and Pori and operations all over Finland – all the way from Lapland to the Archipelago Sea.

The University Of Turku Is Among The Top 1% In The World
QS World University Rankings 2018

Effective research

We conduct research and work towards a better future and well-being.

We promote free, effective and open science. Our research is multidisciplinary and international, aiming towards new, interdisciplinary initiatives.

Our research is profiled through six thematic areas:

  • Biofuture
  • Children, young people and learning
  • Cultural memory and societal change
  • Digital futures
  • Drug development and diagnostics
  • Sea and maritime studies

Mission Statement

The University of Turku is an internationally competitive science university whose operations are based on high-quality, multidisciplinary research.

We promote education and free science and provide higher education that is based on research. The University is part of the international academic community. We collaborate closely with Finnish society and participate actively in the development of our region.

Strategic Goals

Effective research

We solve today's and tomorrow's complicated problems with the help of our basic research. We apply an interdisciplinary approach to our research in order to increase its quality and societal effectiveness. We strengthen the researcher career path, open science and support for research.

Responsible education

We are a multidisciplinary and inspiring higher education institution. Our education is based on the latest scientific knowledge and meets the changing needs of society. We ensure that the study tracks are flexible and straightforward.

A catalyst for social well-being and the economy

We recognise the innovations emerging from our research and our globally competitive education services. We promote an entrepreneurial attitude and the utilisation of research in collaboration with business life.

Community well-being

We are a responsible employer and our operations are built on common values. We are building an encouraging and interactive university, where it is a pleasure to study and work.

Thanks to our outstanding services, compact campus and active student life, international students feel at home and safe from the very beginning of their stay.

10 Best reasons to choose UTU

  • UTU is the most international university in Finland.
  • Master Degree and Doctoral Programmes based on our strengths in research.
  • Future career prospects.
  • Generous scholarships, available for talented students.
  • Professors and lecturers that challenge you to learn.
  • Personal support and services throughout your studies.
  • Excellent facilities and learning environments.
  • A wide selection of optional and minor studies.
  • Active student life and versatile activities.
  • Compact campus where all is near.

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Inspiring research careers

The well-being of the entire University community is important to us. We want to support young researchers in their career and offer a research environment and community that inspires them to unique achievements and results.

17 Doctoral Programmes
170 Doctoral Degrees Annually
Innovations from research

The preventive effect of xylitol on teeth decay was first discovered at the Institute of Dentistry of the University of Turku. Each year, over a hundred different innovations and dozens of invention disclosures originate from the research conducted at the University.

Creative, agile and innovative

We develop entrepreneurial attitude and activities in the entire University. We offer a growth platform for startups and spinoffs stemming from top research.

Build your future career with us

The University of Turku is a popular destination for exchange, Master’s degree and doctoral studies. We collaborate with over 400 universities worldwide and offer our students a wide selection of courses and programmes taught in English.

20,000 students from over 100 countries
Annually 650 incoming and
750 outgoing exchange students

95% of International Students Chose Us Due To High-Quality Research

Welcome to the Student City of Turku

The Turku Campus of the University of Turku is located close to the city centre and the Aura river near the other higher education institutions, Turku Science Park companies, and the Turku University Hospital. The campus area extends from Turku Cathedral all the way to the Kupittaa railway station.

All the important services for students, personnel, and visitors alike are found close to the campus. Getting around everywhere is handy either by walking, cycling or by the Föli city buses.

The joint goal of the higher education institutions of Turku and the City of Turku is to be Finland's best student city! Active student life, easy and well-functioning public transport, and affordable housing are Turku's great assets. As many as 99% of the city's students of higher education institutions recommend Turku as a student city to their friends.

Reasonable living costs with many housing options, full-scale public and private services, vivid cultural life and a variety of outdoor recreation possibilities by the surrounding Archipelago Sea guarantee that Turku offers the best quality of life and is a lucrative location for students as well as for skilled professionals.

According to the strategic target set by the City, by 2029 Turku will be the Northern Baltic’s most interesting city, with a strong foundation in both arts and sciences. Turku is building up unique assets – creative manufacturing industry, biotechnology, logistics expertise – through cluster conveniences and synergies.

Welcome to Turku, Finland!

Programs taught in:
  • English (UK)

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MA

University of Turku

The programme provides students with the opportunity to acquire a Master level teacher education in an international context. The combination of a Finnish Teacher qualifi ... [+]

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Degree Programme in Primary Teacher Education, BA (Rauma) and MA (Turku) The programme provides students the opportunity to acquire a Master level teacher education in an international context. The combination of a Finnish Teacher qualification, a major in Education and the international context make programme unique. The degree is oriented towards primary teacher education (pre-school and grades 1-6 in basic education). The programme consists of studies in educational sciences, practical training and studies that provide pedagogical skills required for positions in primary education. NeONBRAND / Unsplash

The aim of the degree programme is to educate well-qualified academic professionals, active future makers, critical and ethically responsible experts and researchers in the educational field. At the core of a teacher’s work lies the understanding and supporting of a child’s and group’s development. The dialogue between theory and practice takes place particularly during teaching practice periods, which offer a holistic view of a teacher’s work.... [-]

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Get a degree in the field of education with an advanced combination of theory and practice! The Master's Degree Programme in Education and Learning trains you for various ... [+]

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Get a Degree in the Field of Education With an Advanced Combination of Theory and Practice! Get a degree in the field of education with an advanced combination of theory and practice! The Master's Degree Programme in Education and Learning trains you for various national and international tasks in the field of education.

The Education and Learning programme aims to train experts in the areas of research on learning and sociology of education. It does so by addressing education both from micro and macro-level perspectives throughout the basic studies, the electives and the topic of their master thesis, but also by taking 21st century skills (as defined in international policy documents) in the areas learning skills (e.g. critical thinking problem solving, metacognition life-long learning), life skills (e.g. communication, collaboration cultural awareness, and networking) and literacy skills (information, ICT and mathematical & scientific literacy), as a reference in organizing the contents of the curriculum. This degree does not constitute a formal teaching qualification.... [-]

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The Master's Degree Programme in Gender Studies is built around the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexuality, combining social sciences, arts and humanities. ... [+]

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Get advanced and interdisciplinary training in the field of gender studies! The Master's Degree Programme in Gender Studies is built around the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexuality, combining social sciences, arts and humanities.

The next intake is in the year 2021.

You will gain competence on gender policies and politics, and acquire the ability to work independently on central issues related to gender, feminism, gender equality, production of power and knowledge.

This Programme in Gender Studies is a great choice especially for students who wish to pursue a career in research, politics, equal opportunities policies and human rights institutions. Organisations in the private and public sector, as well as non-governmental organisations and civil society, are other possible career paths.... [-]

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August 2021
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The Master's Degree Programme in East Asian Studies (EAST) gives a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of the dynamic societies of contemporary East Asia. ... [+]

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Gain in-depth knowledge of today’s East Asian societies and become a specialist in the most dynamic region of the world! The Master's Degree Programme in East Asian Studies (EAST) gives a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of the dynamic societies of contemporary East Asia.

Students gain expertise in East Asian contemporary history, politics and societies and learn social science research methods to become area specialists on East Asia. East Asian languages are studied as part of the degree to support students’ acquisition of knowledge and Master’s thesis research.

Students in this Programme in East Asian Studies have good opportunities for student exchange in East Asian universities as well as to receive East Asian study and research scholarships. The Programme provides expertise to enter international public, private and third sector professions. Students also become qualified to apply to PhD programmes and to pursue an academic career.... [-]

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The Master's Degree Programme in Futures Studies provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary and practical education in the field of futures studies. It is designed to educ ... [+]

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Will you be the next expert of the future? The Master's Degree Programme in Futures Studies provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary and practical education in the field of futures studies. It is designed to educate foresight experts who help organisations to harness future opportunities and avoid unnecessary risks.

Futures Studies is a newly emerging field of research. As the future does not exist yet, futurists study the future projections of and discontinuities in past trends and current views of the long-term future. Futures Studies is interested in the probable futures, possible futures and preferred futures. As a societal action, futures studies aim to serve private and public decision-makers by outlining alternative long-term strategies in a changing operational environment. As an academic field of research, Futures Studies generates knowledge of the ways and processes of how individuals and organisations deal with the uncertain future. Typical research questions in the field are focused on the epistemology of knowledge about the future, the methodological development of futures studies tools and analyses of alternative futures of a clear topic or a more general theme. Futures Studies is an interdisciplinary field, where wide topics are analysed and the results and approaches of more traditional disciplines meet.... [-]

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The Master's Degree Programme in Law and Information Society (LIS) provides essential insights, capabilities and intellectual tools for analysing legal problems of the in ... [+]

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Become an expert in the legal challenges of digitalisation! The Master's Degree Programme in Law and Information Society (LIS) provides essential insights, capabilities and intellectual tools for analysing legal problems of the information society.

The Programme offers its students a unique combination of private and public law and interdisciplinary perspectives. Skills in legal analysis, critical thinking, research and writing are what distinguishes excellent lawyers and legal scholars.

Our interactive study methods are based on the latest pedagogical research and courses are taught in small groups of selected students. The Programme creates a solid basis for doctoral training in law. It also provides you with the expertise necessary for a successful career at law firms and corporations, governments and international organisations, as well as at universities and research institutions.... [-]

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MSc

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Thanks to Darwin, we know the process of evolution has shaped the bewildering variation we see around us. Through this Master's Degree programme students will acquire an ... [+]

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Thanks to Darwin, we know the process of evolution has shaped the bewildering variation we see around us. Through this Master's Degree programme students will acquire an explicit evolutionary biological perspective in the study of nature, thereby increasing capacity for understanding patterns and processes, on scales varying from the cellular to the ecosystem level.

Students from this Master's Degree programme in Evolutionary Biology can expect to acquire scientific and analytical skills, expertise in present theories and up-to-date technologies, as well as practical skills including teamwork and interpersonal skills; all in an international environment. After starting with a general overview of evolutionary biology, and what it entails to be a biological researcher, this programme focuses mainly on evolutionary genetics.... [-]

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Molecular Systems Biology track offers extensive training in modern molecular biology and education focused on systems biology (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, gen ... [+]

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Molecular Systems Biology track offers extensive training in modern molecular biology and education focused on systems biology (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, gene/protein structure-function relationships) with a special focus on practical laboratory skills and molecular interaction networks.

Through this programme in Molecular Systems Biology the students will acquire scientific and analytical skills, expertise in present theories and up-to-date technologies, as well as practical skills including teamwork and interpersonal skills; all in an international environment. The skills and knowledge obtained pave the way for future career paths in academia or industry.... [-]

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The Master's Degree Programme in Food Development provides you with competence for meeting the challenges in research and development in the food industry and academia. ... [+]

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Nordic expertise in Natural Foods The Master's Degree Programme in Food Development provides you with competence for meeting the challenges in research and development in the food industry and academia.

The Master's Degree Programme in Food Development is designed to provide you with an understanding of the connections between the different aspects and functions of food. Special attention is paid to the influence of various factors on the composition, sensory properties and health effects of food at a molecular level. Application of food metabolomics and modern biotechnological methods in food research and food development is an important part of the curriculum. The curriculum also covers various aspects of food safety and European food laws and legislation.... [-]

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The Master’s Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology provides versatile and high-quality ICT education in selected fields of ICT, with an established ... [+]

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The Master’s Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology provides versatile and high-quality ICT education in selected fields of ICT, with an established reputation in innovative interdisciplinary and international education.

The programme in Cryptography has international double-degree collaboration with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Master School and with the Fudan University in Shanghai, China. In the academic year 2020-2021, the programme offers four major subjects:

Cyber Security Smart Systems Digital Health Cryptography

The Cryptography major subject focuses on cryptography research. The goal of this specialization is to educate future experts with a strong and broad knowledge of mathematical aspects of cryptography and data security to the field of research and ICT sector. In the Cryptography major modern symmetric and asymmetric cryptography algorithms and protocols are studied and analysed from the mathematical point of view.... [-]

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The Master’s Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology provides versatile and high-quality ICT education in selected fields of ICT, with an established ... [+]

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The Master’s Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology provides versatile and high-quality ICT education in selected fields of ICT, with an established reputation in innovative interdisciplinary and international education.

This Programme in Cyber Security has international double-degree collaboration with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Master School and with the Fudan University in Shanghai, China. In the academic year 2020-2021, the programme offers four major subjects:

Cyber Security Smart Systems Digital Health Cryptography

The Cyber Security major subject gives its students profound and substantial education and expertise in the field of security and technology for networked systems. The focus is on researching cybersecurity technologies for networked systems and applications of the communication-intensive future. The technological topics covered include security of smart environments, system and network security, the security of communication systems and applications, and designing secure systems. Students will explore both technological and theoretical scientific advances in the field and apply them to practice. The graduates will have strong technological, theoretical and practical understanding in cybersecurity. With their new knowledge and skills, the graduates can proceed to build a successful career in securing the information and communication technology industry.... [-]

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The Digital Health major subject offers extensive training ranging from molecular-level interactions to individuals and society. ... [+]

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The Digital Health major subject offers extensive training ranging from molecular-level interactions to individuals and society.

This Programme in Digital Health has international double-degree collaboration with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Master School and with the Fudan University in Shanghai, China. In the academic year 2020-2021, the programme offers four major subjects:

Cyber Security Smart Systems Digital Health Cryptography

The Digital health major brings together skills and principles from computer science, embedded systems and medical sciences in order to build an understanding of theory and to gain practical competences in the field.... [-]

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The Smart Systems major subject provides a competitive skillset and profound knowledge in the highly relevant field of Internet of Things (IoT) based smart and autonomous ... [+]

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The Smart Systems major subject provides a competitive skillset and profound knowledge in the highly relevant field of Internet of Things (IoT) based smart and autonomous embedded systems, with the main application areas in mobile robotic systems and smart environments.

The Master’s Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology: Smart Systems provides versatile and high-quality ICT education in selected fields of ICT, with an established reputation in innovative interdisciplinary and international education. The programme has international double-degree collaboration with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Master School and with the Fudan University in Shanghai, China. In the academic year 2020-2021, the programme offers four major subjects:... [-]

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The Master's Degree Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences: Materials Chemistry teaches you to understand, discover, create and develop new materials that improve qu ... [+]

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To Understand, Discover, Create, and Develop New Materials That Improve Quality of Life! The Master's Degree Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences: Materials Chemistry teaches you to understand, discover, create and develop new materials that improve quality of life!

In the University of Turku, the research in materials chemistry consists of fundamental research of material properties as well as that of interfaces, surfaces and nanostructures from a chemical point of view. Applied research focusses on functionalised organic electronics, luminescent materials and porous carriers as well as nanotechnology, detection technology, energy storage and conversion.

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The Master's Degree Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences – Astronomy and Space Physics encompasses a broad range of topics from the physics of the sun and solar sy ... [+]

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From the Sun to Supernovae, Neutron Stars, Black Holes, and Galaxies! The Master's Degree Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences – Astronomy and Space Physics encompasses a broad range of topics from the physics of the sun and solar system to stellar and galactic structure and evolution, as well as topics in high energy astrophysics and cosmology.

The Astronomy and Space Physics track is one of the four specialisation tracks of the Master´s Degree Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences. The other tracks of the programme are Materials Chemistry, Materials Physics, and Theoretical Physics. Upon graduation, you will be able to use the diverse set of skills acquired as part of this track, including computational and numerical techniques.... [-]

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In the Materials Physics track, you will become an expert in research and development of new materials in biomedical or electronic applications. ... [+]

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Improving lives by making stuff! In the Materials Physics track, you will become an expert in research and development of new materials in biomedical or electronic applications.

Materials Physics is one of the four specialisation tracks of the Master’s Degree Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences. The other tracks of the programme are Astronomy and Space Physics, Materials Chemistry, and Theoretical Physics.

In the Master´s Degree Programme in Materials Physics you will work in an active research group together with other students, post-docs and senior researchers on solving problems in e.g. energy efficiency and drug delivery. In addition to the theoretical basis of materials physics, you will also learn to use state-of-the-art research equipment with hands-on courses.... [-]

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The Theoretical Physics track introduces the student to the intriguing diversity of physical theories and gives means to understand the world. ... [+]

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Understanding the laws of nature from the bottom to the top! The Theoretical Physics track introduces the student to the intriguing diversity of physical theories and gives means to understand the world.

The Master´s Degree Programme track Theoretical Physics is one of the four specialisation tracks of the Master´s Degree Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences. The other tracks of the programme are Astronomy and Space, Materials Chemistry and Materials Physics.

Topics from quantum physics to the theories of gravity are incorporated into the track of Theoretical Physics. Problems of fundamental quantum physics, quantum information, quantum field theory and theoretical cosmology are at the heart of the studies in Theoretical Physics.... [-]

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The software engineering masters programme is guided by directly involved industry partners in Europe and Southern Africa to provide an international programme in profess ... [+]

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Obtain the skills companies are looking for in software engineering at the new Southern Africa Campus! The software engineering masters programme is guided by directly involved industry partners in Europe and Southern Africa to provide an international programme in professional practice.

This programme is located in Windhoek, Namibia.

This software engineering programme is a pioneering new collaboration between Finland and Namibia, where students study at the University of Turku satellite campus at the University of Namibia in Windhoek. Working closely with students and companies from the EU and from Southern Africa will train software engineers who are able to understand IT-related challenges in the global south and design, develop, implement, and evaluate software solutions to meet these requirements.... [-]

Namibia Windhoek
January 2020
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The Master's Degree Programme in Global Innovation Management is designed to bring a scientific mindset to managerial challenges at crossroads of international business, ... [+]

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Innovative leaders for the future world! The Master's Degree Programme in Global Innovation Management is designed to bring a scientific mindset to managerial challenges at crossroads of international business, entrepreneurship and innovation management.

In the Master’s Degree Programme in Global Innovation Management, you will acquire advanced knowledge in innovation management related theories and practices and be able to develop and apply frameworks, which will help to understand how innovations are created, launched and managed in an international setting. You will also learn how entrepreneurial activities are formed and which key strategies companies use in order to expand.... [-]

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Master

University of Turku

The Master's Degree Program in Finnish and its Languages is intended for non-native speakers of Finnish and other Finno-Ugric languages who have completed their bachelor' ... [+]

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Choice of students in the Master's program in Finnish and its LanguagesThe Master's Degree Program in Finnish and its Languages is intended for non-native speakers of Finnish and other Finno-Ugric languages who have completed their bachelor's degrees abroad or in Finland.

Admission to the Master's program is a BA-level degree, which combines basic and intermediate studies in Finno-Ugric or Finnish language and culture, either as a degree or as a separate course. In exceptional cases, students who have completed a BA degree and who have not completed the above studies in Finno-Ugric or Finnish language and culture may also be admitted to the program through a proficiency test.... [-]

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More information coming soon. If you are interested in the programme, please contact Admission Services at admissions@utu.fi. ... [+]

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More information coming soon.

If you are interested in the Master's Degree Programme in Inequalities, Interventions and New Welfare State, please contact Admission Services at admissions@utu.fi.

Entry Requirements General Admission Requirements

General Requirement

You are an eligible applicant for Master’s-level studies if:

you have a nationally recognized first cycle degree – normally a Bachelor’s degree – from an accredited institution of higher education, your degree corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study, your degree is in a relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to. Please check the programme page for detailed degree requirements. ... [-]
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Opiskelijakaupunki Turku - The City of Students

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University of Turku
20014 Turun yliopisto

Turku, FI
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