Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU) located in Turku and Vaasa, Finland, is an internationally acknowledged research university with an extensive responsibility for preserving the Swedish educational and cultural heritage as the only Swedish-speaking multi-disciplinary university in Finland. Due to the Swedish language and the university’s location on the South-West and West coast, ÅAU also serves as a bridge for collaboration in research and education between Finland and other Nordic states.
ÅAU employs 1,200 staff and provides high quality education to 5,500 undergraduate and 780 postgraduate students, of whom 500 postgraduate students (64%) are awarded Masters Degrees and around 70 students (9%) graduate with Doctoral degrees per annum. The number of scientific publications averages 1,500 annually.
The Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies is the faculty directly involved in the Include Me project and at the core of this faculty is the belief that health, well-being and proper educational access is the foundation of a safe society. The research in the fields of education, health sciences and social sciences contribute to positive development for all regardless of age and social status, ensuring equality for all learners.