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A center of excellence for Learning, Developing and Research

EduFutura Jyväskylä is a learning, developing and research competence cluster comprising Jamk Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences, the University of Jyväskylä and the Jyväskylä Educational Consortium Gradia.

We renew competence and learning in a goal-oriented, research-based manner; their contents, methods and structures at all levels and with the needs of continuous learning in mind. We renew the regional business structure through future-centred competence and competence-based, fresh entrepreneurship.

We create diverse opportunities for the students for flexible study paths and cross-institutional studies. EduFutura’s selection of courses available at the other EF institutes is presented in the online course catalogue. There are over 200 courses and moduls in EduFutura´s online course catalogue.

EduFutura Jyväskylä’s Areas of Excellence

EduFutura drawing by Linda Saukko-Rauta

EduFutura Jyväskylä is an attractive opportunity for secondary and higher education students. A learner’s individual study path remains unbroken and supports the student’s well-being, and our education ensures competitive skills and competence. The students can build strong networks as well as lasting passion for continuous development of their expertise.

Educational institutes are nationally and internationally significant networks of research, development and cooperation. We renew competence and learning in a goal-oriented, research-based manner; their contents, methods and structures at all levels.

Executive board

  • Chief Executive Officer Anssi Tuominen, Jyväskylä Educational Consortium Gradia, chairperson
  • Rector Keijo Hämäläinen, University of Jyväskylä
  • Director of Student and Academic Services
    Mari Ikonen, University of Jyväskylä
  • Rector Pirjo Kauhanen, Jyväskylä Educational Consortium Gradia
  • Vice Rector Marja-Leena Laakso, University of Jyväskylä
  • Division Director Samuli Laitinen, Jyväskylä Educational Consortium Gradia
  • Development Director Leena Liimatainen, Jamk University of Applied Sciences
  • Vice Rector Heikki Malinen, Jamk University of Applied Sciences
  • Development Director Jarkko Pirkkalainen, University of Jyväskylä
  • Rector Vesa Saarikoski, Jamk University of Applied Sciences
  • Director of Administration Mikko Salminen, Jamk University of Applied Sciences
  • Finance and Service Director Päivi Seppä, University of Jyväskylä
  • Representative of the EduFutura´s Student Forum Niklas Sillander, Student Union JAMKO
  • Development Director Anu Tokila, Jyväskylä Educational Consortium Gradia
  • Director of Finance and Administration Vesa Voutilainen, Jyväskylä Educational Consortium Gradia

EduFutura’s background

The first partner agreement between the EduFutura educational organisations was signed in March 2016. The University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences and the Jyväskylä Educational Consortium agreed on a more extensive form of cooperation, the purpose of which was to create, based on certain determined spearhead areas, the most notable Finnish competence cluster of learning, research and development as well as experiments and application in Jyväskylä. This was named EduFutura Jyväskylä. EduFutura promotes the attractiveness of Jyväskylä among its staff, students and partners.

The network agreement of EduFutura educational cooperation was approved by EduFutura’s executive team on 8 June 2020. In this partner agreement, the EduFutura educational institutes agreed on further development of cross-institutional studies and network cooperation. The contract parties committed to providing their students with study courses and units based on curriculum cooperation, which allows the students to take courses at the different educational institutes.

The principles for identifying and recognising competence at EduFutura educational institutes were confirmed by the EduFutura executive team on 8 April 2020, and they came into force on 1 August 2020. EduFutura Jyväskylä is a registered trademark.

University of Jyväskylä comprises six faculties – Humanities and Social Sciences, Information Technology, Education and Psychology, Mathematics and Science, and School of Business and Economics – as well as several independent institutes. It has 14,500 students and 2,500 staff members. The University of Jyväskylä Teacher Training School’s upper secondary school, ‘Norssi,’ is also part of the EduFutura community.

Jamk Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences is an attractive and international institute of higher education. Our units comprise a teacher training college, a well-being unit, a business unit and a technology unit. Our units are located around Jyväskylä and in Tarvaala, Saarijärvi. Jamk has 8,500 students and 800 staff members.

Jyväskylä Educational Consortium Gradia’s educational institutes include the Gradia upper secondary schools (Lyceum, Schildt, Jyväskylä adult upper secondary school) and the vocational schools Gradia Jyväskylä and Gradia Jämsä. Gradia is reforming learning and working life by creating opportunities for developing competence and business operations for students of all ages as well as business customers. Gradia has 23,000 students and 1,100 staff members.