Strategy 2020: Trailblazer

Show the way. Never follow.

Searching for answers to key questions

Are we going
to burn up

Is humanity condemned
to suffer from the water
it has polluted?

Will waste
be the grave
of our future?

Will we let Europe
degenerate to the
world's back yard?

No. We are the difference-makers.


We are committed to an alternative path

  • To energy solutions that favour renewables
  • To a waste-free world, where we recycle everything
  • To clean water for all
  • To sustainable and smart business models
  • To the promotion of new green-collar entrepreneurship to boost growth in Europe

Scientific solutions

Clean energy

  • Energy markets and solar economy
  • Energy conversion and storage technologies
  • Sustainability science

Circular economy

  • Water purification and reuse
  • Processing of secondary and renewable raw materials
  • Products and life cycle assessment

Sustainable business and entrepreneurship

  • Innovation and sustainable value creation
  • SMEs and international entrepreneurship
  • Business analytics and decision-making
  • Digitalisation of businesses

Cross-cutting themes

  • Digitalisation and data science
  • Focus area research in the Russian context and with the best Russian partners


Educational revolution

We train the next generation of entrepreneurial problem-solvers who have a sense of responsible curiosity and who are willing and able to transform challenges into opportunities, seizing and shaping the business environment of tomorrow. We use state-of-the-art teaching methods. Our graduates' employment rate tops that of other universities.

Research in high gear

We are committed to excellence. This translates into high quality research with a significant impact and visibility and into successful competition for funding. We work together with the best possible international partners. We recruit the top candidates internationally.


We contribute to providing answers to today's important societal challenges. We are the first Finnish entrepreneurial university which meets OECD and the European Commission criteria. We are consolidating our position among the world's best universities.



  • Courage to succeed
  • Passion for innovation through science
  • Will to build well-being
We are the Trailblazers. Showing the way, never following.

LUT University

Lappeenranta Campus
Yliopistonkatu 34
53850 Lappeenranta, Finland
Tel. +358 29 446 2111

Lahti Campus
Mukkulankatu 19
15210 Lahti, Finland
Tel. +358 29 446 2111

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