Lappeenranta University of Technology is a higher learning institution founded in 1969 near the southeastern Finnish lake of Saimaa, in the city from which it derives its name. The university is based in a single consolidated campus ensuring a genuine university feel, and lower rents in Lappeenranta than in larger Finnish cities such as Helsinki ensure a fun social atmosphere where students can afford to regularly socialise and explore local culture.
Bachelors programmes are available in business studies and across eight areas of technology. Students who complete their undergraduate degree at Lappeenranta will immediately be extended the option of further study and the completion of a Master of Science degree, although from 2017 tuition fees are charged at all universities in Finland for non-EU citizens at Bachelors and Masters level. Those wishing to obtain their doctoral sword at Lappeenranta can do so through its PhD programmes in Philosophy, Business and Technology. All overseas students who apply to study a bachelor’s in the fields of technology will need to attain a language test certificate proving that they can speak proficient Finnish.
As a part of its Trailblazer campaign the university is the only WWF certified environmentally friendly ‘green office’ in Finland. There is also an established School of Energy system on campus, which contains the Voima research unit, and the school as a whole is quality accredited by the EUR-ACE and ASIIN organizations.
The biennial Viipuri prize is held at Lappeenranta and honours achievement in strategic management and business economics. In 2003 the inaugural recipient of the award was New Zealander and organisational theorist David Teece.
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