LUT Junior University

Courage, inspiration and insights: kids are swept up by science!

LUT is a university of bold individuals where studies aim open-mindedly for a better tomorrow. Clean energy and water, a circular economy, and sustainable business are key questions to which we seek solutions through expertise in technology and business.  LUT Junior University gives the future generation a taste of what it's like. We aim to awaken their interest in science, technology, business and university studies. Our collaboration with local schools dates back nearly 20 years!

We collaborate closely with schools and other partners to build a better future especially in Lappeenranta, Lahti and Imatra. The Junior University supplies schools with the most recent research data and provides access to our students' expertise to support the education of children and youth. We want to support those who will build our future and have curiosity that will change the world.

Activities

The experimental physics classroom or ABB classroom was officially opened in autumn 2000 and welcomes 800 students from local schools annually. The visitors are mainly students in upper secondary and basic education. In its first years, the classroom focused on experimental physics exercises. At the moment, it offers comprehensive tutorials related to the environment, energy and electricity.

The LUMA Centre Saimaa is a joint organisation of LUT University and LAB University of Applied Sciences that aims to foster and promote the teaching and learning of natural sciences, mathematics and technology at all educational levels and increase interest in natural sciences, mathematics and technology among children and youth.

The LUMA Centre Saimaa is part of the LUMA Centre Finland. The entire network consists of 13 LUMA Centres and strengthens and promotes the centres' activity and mutual collaboration in Finland and internationally. The network's StarT programme, an umbrella for LUMA activities, supports phenomenon-based learning and is an important part of the national mission of LUMA Centres.

Unique collaboration with municipal education

In 2018, LUT University and the City of Lappeenranta launched a new form of education collaboration, which is incorporated into the curricula of local schools. Its content has been designed in cooperation with teachers in early childhood education, basic education and upper secondary education based on LUT University's three strategic focus areas: clean energy, a circular economy, and sustainable business and entrepreneurship. Annually, the programme engages students in early childhood education, the third, fifth and eight grade, and upper secondary schools, amounting to roughly 3500 students and their teachers.

In addition to Lappeenranta, LUT collaborates similarly with the City of Imatra and is planning equivalent education collaboration with the City of Lahti. Read more about our cities of cooperation.

Cooperation with upper secondary schools

LUT University collaborates with upper secondary schools both locally and nationally. LUT offers courses to upper secondary school students, provides visiting lecturers for the schools' own courses, executes courses in cooperation with teachers of the schools, and hosts student visits to the Skinnarila campus. LUT will increase and systematise this collaboration in the academic year 2019−2020.

The aim is to awaken the interest of upper secondary school students in academic studies, develop the students' competencies to carry out academic studies, provide the latest research data for schools' courses, and make LUT University better known.

LUT JUNIOR UNIVERSITY AND UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

Through our JU activities, we focus on influencing the following UN´s sustainable development goals in particular: 

SDG4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Together with the City of Lappeenranta, we have built a concept of collaboration that strengthens students' interest in mathematical and natural sciences and technology (STEAM) and provides students with comprehensive access to university education, thus promoting educational equality. The model has been introduced in other cities in Finland too.

SDG12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
As a part of our JU activities, we have developed study modules that focus on sustainable living and circular economy. Together with the school teachers, we have designed assignments where children share their new skills and knowledge with their families. In this way we are able to reach not just the entire age group but gradually all the families in the partner cities.

SDG13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts We organize science-based training for school teachers in issues related to global warming. We support schools in their climate actions and offer knowledge and skills for children and youth about their possibilities to fight climate change. In all our actions, we create and maintain optimism and hope.

SDG17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
LUT Junior University is building on strong collaboration and partnerships with education providers, schools, companies, NGO's and other institutions in all levels of educational system in Finland and abroad. We have strongly contributed to the European Green Leaf Award of the City of Lappeenta and continue developing new, European and global partnerships for more sustainable future.