The profile of the University of Oulu is of an international, high-quality science university. A multidisciplinary science university gives added value to its surrounds by way of education and research. It also indirectly strengthens the cultural diversity of its area. Cooperation between the University and the society is constructive and diverse.
Focus areas and development areas include large multidiscpilinary research centers, focused research units and networks, researcher education and international Master's education, and research infrastructures. Research has networked internationally and locally as strategic partnerships.