The Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) (in Finnish: Lappeenrannan teknillinen yliopisto, LTY) was established in 1969. The university campus is situated on the shore of lake Saimaa, about 7 kilometres away from the city center. It was originally planned to found a university in Vyborg, but the city was annexed by the USSR. In the '50s and '60s the Finnish Government made plans to establish University of Eastern Finland in Lappeenranta, but in the end it was decentralized in three cities: Lappeenranta, Kuopio and Joensuu. Only departments of engineering were located in Lappeenranta at that time. The Department of Business Administration was established and teaching of economics begun in 1991.
Nowadays, LUT specializes in industrial technology (especially forest and energy), information technology and economics. Being located near the eastern boundary of Finland, the university also offers comprehensive know-how related to Russia. Furthermore, LUT co-operates closely with business life and next to the university lies Technology Centre Kareltek. LUT is state run and state funded, like all other universities in Finland.
Lappeenranta University of Technology, main entrance
There are about 800 staff members and 5000 students in the university with their numbers growing every year. In 2003, 411 Masters of Science and 26 Doctors graduated from LUT. Correspondingly, about 900 new students are admitted each year. In LUT one can graduate in the following degrees: Bachelor of Science (Econ), Master of Science (Tech), Master of Science (Econ), Licentiate of Science (Econ), Doctor of Science (Tech), Doctor of Science (Econ) and Doctor of Philosophy.
The university has seven departments:
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Energy and Environmental Technology
Department of Industrial Engineering and Management
Department of Chemical Technology
Department of Information Technology
Department of Business Administration
Department of Electrical Engineering
Official site (http://www.lut.fi/en/)
LUT Student Union (http://www.ltky.lut.fi/sivu/In+English)
Technology Centre Kareltek (http://www.kareltek.fi/eng/index.php)
Categories: Universities of Finland | Technical Universities
Lappeenranta (or Villmanstrand in Swedish) is a city and municipality that resides on the shore of the lake Saimaa in South-Eastern Finland, about 30 km from the Russian border.
The city's main employers are: The City of Lappeenranta, UPM-Kymmene, South Karelia Central Hospital, LappeenrantaUniversity of Technology, Paroc, Nordkalk, VR-Group, Cloetta Fazer, The Armed Forces, Larox and Pola.
Lappeenranta is known as a summer city, mostly due to its closeness to the lake Saimaa.
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