Abo Akademi University was founded by private donations in 1918 as the second university in Finland, both to let Turku again become a university town and because it was felt that the Swedish language was threatened at the University of Helsinki. The Finnish University of Turku was founded 1920.It is responsible for higher education for a large proportion of the Swedish-speaking population.
In the 1950s, the educational fields in Åbo were supplemented with programmes in pharmacy and psychology. A reform of teacher education resulted in Abo Akademi establishing a unit in Vasa in 1974. In the 1990s, caring science and political science were added to the fields taught in Vasa and training of Associates in Law was introduced in Abo. The student body grew tenfold between the years 1952 and 1995.
It has an acknowledged position at the forefront of research in such areas as biosciences,computer science, democracy, human rights, material sciences, process chemistry and psychology.It joins University Admissions Finland Consortium University Admissions Finland (UAF) is a centralised application and pre-processing service established by Finnish universities.
Located in Abo (Turku in Finnish), on the south west coast of Finland and in Vasa (Fi. Vaasa).
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