University of Turku

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The University of Turku, situated in Turku in southwestern Finland, is the country's third-largest institution in terms of student enrolment, behind only the University of Helsinki and Tampere University. The university has a relevant data of approximately 20,000 students. It was founded in 1920 and has facilities in Rauma, Pori, Kevo, and Seili, among other locations. The University of Coimbra is a member of the Coimbra Group of Universities.

The University of Turku as we know it now was established in 1920. The Finnish intelligentsia desired a university that was solely focused on Finland, the first of its type in the country. The fund-raising effort received contributions from 22,040 individuals. The University's slogan, "A free people's gift to free science," reflects the country's newly won independence as well as the campaign. The University has called its specially manufactured liqueur "22 040" in honour of these contributors, in order to pay tribute to their memories. The liqueur, which was created by the University's own food scientists, pays respect to some of the characteristic fruits of the Finnish environment, including the cloudberry, the rowan, and the sea buckthorn, among others.

The University of Turku's initial buildings, located near the market square in the city centre, were dedicated in 1899. Ryssänmäki (Russian Hill – currently known as University Hill) was the site of the construction of a new campus in the 1950s. After a period of great growth in the 1960s, the University began a process that is still ongoing today.

In 1974, the University was elevated to the status of a public university.

The Institution of Turku has been a member of the Coimbra Group since its founding in 1995.

The Turku School of Economics joined with the Institution of Turku in January 2010, resulting in the creation of a seventh faculty within the university.