Shared units



The higher education institutions constituting the Lapland University Consortium produce their support services mainly together. The institutions share e.g. the Library and the Language Centre. As of August 1, 2011, the institutions will have a joint support service centre.

They have also established two institutes that aim to spearhead expertise in their fields in Lapland: the Lapland Institute for Tourism Research and Education in Rovaniemi and the Institute for Northern Culture in Tornio uniquely combine and implement three educational levels and co-operation in research.

Through this co-operation, these higher education institutions are able to develop the quality and the efficiency of their services.

The Library of the Lapland University Consortium


The Library of the Lapland University Consortium comprises the libraries of the Arctic Centre, Lapland University of Applied Sciences, the University of Lapland and the Lapland Institute for Tourism Research and Education.

The library is open to all, serving primarily the 11,000 students and 1,200 personnel of the universities as well as their partners, regional economy, experts, and the general public.

The Library of the Lapland University Consortium has Lapland’s largest collection of science, art, and professional literature.

The library is a companion to studying, teaching, research, and development. The activities focus on expert services, teaching of information retrieval, and information resources. The library develops and provides its services on the Internet and in modern library units and learning centres. Versatile working and studying premises and equipment in the library’s ten sites provide possibilities to work efficiently alone or as a group.

Support service centre


The support service centre of the Lapland University Consortium produces the following services for the higher education institutes (and regarding theIT services also for the municipal education organizations and the second degree) in Lapland:

  • Open University Services
  • Teaching and Student Support Services
  • RDI-Services
  • IT Services


The support service centre has approximately 130 employees.

Director of the Support Service Centre Markku Tarvainen
Manager of RDI Service Riitta Alajärvi-Kauppi
Manager of Teaching and Student Support Services Merija Timonen
Manager of IT Services Markku Taipale

The Institutes


The Multidimensional Tourism Institute is a unique knowledge community, which combines tourism, all educational levels, and innovative research and development activities. The institute is formed by the following: the subject of tourism research at the University of Lapland; the fields of tourism, catering, and economy at Lapland University of Applied Sciences; and the fields of tourism, catering, and economy at the Lapland Vocational College.


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