Lappeenranta University of Technology

Lappeenranta University of Technology LUT

  • Established in 1969.
  • Faculty of Technology, Faculty of Technology Management and School of Business.
  • Total number of students about 5000 (technology 3500 and business 1500)
  • Staff 900
  • Finnish students accepted yearly 1100
  • International master´s students accepted yearly about 350
  • Exchange students 180 yearly
  • Nationalities 47 (in 2010)

International master's programmes

  • Chemical and Process Engineering
  • Energy Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Technomathematics and Technical Physics
  • Information Technology
  • Global Management of Innovation and Technology
  • Technology and Innovation Management
  • International Marketing Management
  • Strategic Finance

Open Your Mind at LUT: High-Quality Science in a Unique Environment

Lappeenranta University of Technol­ogy (LUT) has for over 40 years com­bined two fields of science, technology and business, in a very fertile way. The university´s open-your-mind attitude encourages scientists to break scien­tific boundaries and challenge old as­sumptions. Cross-disciplinary research projects are common at LUT both within and between the faculties.

LUT’s top strategic research areas include energy efficiency and the energy market, strategic-level business and technology management, scientific computing and the modelling of industrial processes, as well as top expertise in Russian business and the industries related to these fields.

LUT offers international students the opportunity to participate in high-quality scientific research in a unique study en­vironment. LUT has nine international master´s degree programs. The programs are in those fields in which LUT has con­tributed top-class research.

There are three inter­national master´s degree programs in the School of Business, four in the Fac­ulty of Technology and two in the Faculty of Technol­ogy Management. Three of the programs have been awarded an international accreditation.

International Technology and Innova­tion Management is the most unique of the international programs. It is a double degree program in cooperation with a top-level Russian business school in Saint Petersburg. During the program, students study both in Saint Petersburg and in Lappeenranta and receive degrees from both universities. Like all international programs, it is entirely taught in English.

"In recent years we have developed our international programs to meet the high level quality requirements for our domestic and international students. The applications of international students have increased substantially and this fall we broke a new record. Approximately a third of our new students come from abroad which makes us the second most international university in Finland," says vice-rector of LUT Minna Martikainen.

All in all, LUT has close contacts with Russian universities, especially those in Saint Petersburg, since it is less than two hours by train from Lappeenranta. Glob­ally, LUT has over 160 partnerships with uni­versities in different countries.

"LUT is active in re­search co-operations with university re­search partnering also with universities in North America. The new agreement with the Fulbright Center is important to us since it gives us more opportunities to enhance partnerships and get more exchange students from North America to LUT," says Martikainen.

All in all, LUT has close contacts with Russian universities, especially those in Saint Petersburg, since it is less than two hours by train from Lappeenranta. Glob­ally, LUT has over 160 partnerships with uni­versities in different countries.

"LUT is active in re­search co-operations with university re­search partnering also with universities in North America. The new agreement with the Fulbright Center is important to us since it gives us more opportunities to enhance partnerships and get more exchange students from North America to LUT," says Martikainen.

The most satisfied international students in the world

International students are warmly wel­comed at Lappeenranta University of Technology and they are very satisfied with their experience at LUT. In fact, LUT has been ranked number one in an exten­sive international survey in which foreign students were asked how well the univer­sity met their expectations. Some 125 000 students from 188 universities in eleven countries answered the International Stu­dent Barometer survey in autumn 2010.

Foreign students at LUT especially ap­preciated the high quality of teaching, the modern studying facilities, the language support, the health services and the Internet connections. In Lappeenranta, top-level science and education are car­ried out in unique surroundings. The university, including the entire campus area as well as the city of Lappeenranta, are situated in the middle of the beautiful Finnish nature and beside the country’s largest lake, Saimaa.

Approximately 1500 foreign degree students applied to LUT in 2011; of these, 350 were accepted. In addition, approxi­mately 180 foreign students a year are exchange students at LUT. Especially popular with the exchange students is the International Business and Technol­ogy Management program for business studies, which is offered at the bachelor’s and master’s degree levels. The courses are offered through LUT’s School of Business and Department of Industrial Management.

LUT also offers exchange students courses in the fields of technology, including chemical, energy and information technol­ogy, mathematics and physics and mechani­cal engineering. There are also master’s level courses in technology available. In ad­dition to business or technology studies, the exchange students can improve their language skills while studying at LUT.

Students may select courses from various departments and thus engage in a wide and multi-faceted range of studies during the exchange period.

“Everything is well organized”

Guillermo López, 26, from Mexico came to Lappeenranta University of Technol­ogy to continue his studies at the Master´s of Strategic Finance program. Before ap­plying to LUT he gathered as much infor­mation about Finland as possible.

"I knew that Finland has a high levelof education and I´ve seen that Finland is on the top of lists when living standards are being measured. That is why I applied at LUT. I trusted that I could get a good education here."

Adjusting to Lappeenranta has been easier than he first expected. Everything is well organized and he has really felt welcomed by the university.

"The master´s program gives me the in­formation of strategic finance, economet­rics and international markets I wanted to have in order to further my career. I was very happy to learn that even as a foreign student I´m able to take part in research projects done with companies and even do my thesis in a company."

Guillermo is very impressed by the way technology is combined with nature preservation in Finland. It is seen as well in the research and education in LUT as in the country in general. In Lappeenran­ta beautiful scenery is everywhere. Par­ticularly, Guillermo likes the lake where he has already been rowing a boat.

Many Mexicans think that there is always snow in Finland, says Guillermo. Well in October, there isn´t yet, but Guill­ermo is very eager to experience real winter.

Excellent education leads to good jobs

Companies appreciate LUT’s education and research. All of LUT’s programs are coordinated in close co-operation with companies and public institutions. As a result, more than 70 per cent of all research papers and Master’s theses are assigned by companies or public institu­tions. In many cases, this cooperation results in employment opportunities for students. Statistics show that five years after graduation, 96 per cent of LUT stu­dents are employed.

To continue to keep its education at a high level, LUT is undergoing a substan­tial evaluation of its degree programs. Every program goes through an interna­tional accreditation process. This process has been successful. The programs of chemical engineering, electrical engi­neering and industrial management have already been awarded an international accreditation. Other degree programs are in the process of accreditation.

More information: www.lut.fi

Text and photo: Lappeenranta University of Technology
Published in the Fulbright Center News 2/2011