European University UNIC

Welcome to the European University UNIC (European University of Cities in Post-Industrial Transition)! European University Alliances are networks of higher education institutions in the European Higher Education Area, and they work together to benefit students, teachers, researchers, and the surrounding societies. The cooperation of the UNIC universities is long-lasting.


UNIC provides attractive education for a diverse population. The students of the University of Oulu's can take joint programmes and choose courses from all UNIC universities. Furthermore, a shared campus between UNIC universities is developed for easy international mobility.

  • The Superdiversity Academy to create models for organising inclusive education for a diverse population.
  • A shared campus between UNIC universities to promote international mobility.
  • Collaboration through double and joint degrees and virtual course offerings

Engaged Research

Engaged Research enables research to have a better impact. Knowledge is not produced just for society, but instead, with the society and within the society.

The European University UNIC develops a framework and supportive systems for involving and engaging citizens, civil society, and public/city authorities in research and innovation. UNIC creates a truly European infrastructure for studying the questions and challenges of post-industrial cities.

Contact the Oulu UNIC4ER H2020 team by emailing[at]

  • Engaged Research Officer Sari Hirvonen-Kantola

City partners

The City of Oulu is the University of Oulu’s partner in the European University UNIC. It is dedicated to develop a dialogic relationship with its post-industrial city partners to address their questions, such as structural changes. In Oulu, they relate to the population growth and new opportunities in urban ecosystems. In post-industrial cities’ context, superdiverse people are considered a strength. In a smart city, knowledge management becomes a key approach, and the city is developed together with stakeholders.


CityLabs events address the challenges of changing cities through co-creation.

The UNIC European University includes

  • Bilbao, University of Deusto, Spain

  • Bochum, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

  • Cork, University College Cork, Ireland

  • Istanbul, Koç University, Türkiye

  • Liège, University of Liège, Belgium

  • Zagreb, University of Zagreb, Croatia

  • Rotterdam, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands (coordinator)

  • Oulu, the University of Oulu, Finland

  • Lodz, the University of Lodz, Poland

  • Malmö, Malmö University, Sweden

UNIC Oulu Team