University of Oulu 60 years - For the Next Generation

In 2019 we invited all the friends of the university to celebrate with us. During the year we have celebreted our work of six decades for a more sustainable, healthy and intelligent world.​

During the opening ceremony of the first academic year in 1959, there was a butterfly flying around the speaker's podium while professor Pentti Kaitera was giving his speech. The butterfly eventually landed on professor Kaitera’s tailcoat. The butterfly effect has lasted until today and will last to the future as well - For the Next Generation.

We celebrated the university in different events during the year. Late in the year a second work on the history of the university was published. The work by Matti Mäntylä covers the years 1993–2018.

Anniversary campaign has raised over half a million euros by now. The donations made during the year are used in favour of young researcers and students.

Anniversary events interested audience even in Helsinki

Events of the 60-year-old University of Oulu attrackted a record number of guests to celebrate the anniversary.

In September the opening ceremony of the academic year was held in Linnanmaa campus. The ceremony took the guests back to the feelings of the very first opening ceremony in 1959. Some of the first students of the university honoured the ceremony with their presence.

In October we made a trip to Helsinki. The event was very popular especially amongst our alumni who have settled in the capital area.

The year of events was culminated in the anniversary gala which was organised togehter with the University of Oulu Association in the winter frost of November.

Also the Researcher's night attracted a record of 4000 guests.

We would like to warmly thank all the alumni, students, staff, friends, partners and secret lovers of the University of Oulu who joined the celebrations during the year!

The University of Oulu alumni change the world.

Six Decades of Alumni

Nearly 60 000 memories

"I still recall the farewell day vividly, what an emotional moment it was! I dearly wish one day I will get to revisit the University and reassemble with my friends and colleagues. I still miss the University of Oulu atmosphere and warm people out there."

There are already nearly 60 000 University of Oulu alumni. They have sent us their best memories on their study years at the University of Oulu. Read the stories of others. We thank all our alumni for the wonderful memories we have received!