The mission of Culture Campus Turku is to advance strategic collaboration among educational institutions, companies, the third sector, and the city. The goal is to enhance the vitality and impact of the cultural sector and promote cooperation among stakeholders. The main focus is on developing education, research, business, collaboration, and communication.

The City of Turku, University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University, Turku Conservatory (Turun musiikinopetus Oy), Suomen Humanistinen Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy, Turun musiikinopetus Oy, and Turku Science Park Oy (now Business Turku) entered into a collaborative agreement that led to the establishment of Culture Campus Turku in 2020.

Download Culture Campus Turku’s mission, vision, and strategic objectives.

Culture Campus Turku serves as a network-based platform for stakeholders in the cultural sector, similar to the Health Campus Turku and Technology Campus Turku in their respective fields. As a result, Turku will become a hub for cultural expertise, creating more jobs in the field, increasing regional funding, and strengthening its attractiveness and sustainability.

Turku’s diverse range of cultural education offerings provides excellent opportunities for educational institutions to develop cross-disciplinary learning opportunities and new internationally recognized study programs for students and professionals in the workforce. Collaboration with the working life is enhanced in various fields, such as urban development, the third sector, and businesses. The culture campus collaboration also improves coordination and interaction between research, the cultural field, and businesses, with the aim of generating evidence-based knowledge to support decision-making and business activities.

Culture campus activities also generate new business and revenue models as well as innovations in the creative industry that have demand in other sectors. These objectives align with the roadmap set by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment in 2020, which aims to increase the share of the creative economy in Finland’s gross domestic product.

Operational Steering Group


Timo Tanskanen, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Chair 2022-2023
Gunilla Widén, Åbo Akademi University, Vice Chair 2022–2023
Hannu Salmi, University of Turku
Piia Björn, University of Turku
Irina Niemimäki, City of Turku
Teija Raninen, Business Turku
Juha Järvinen, Turku Conservatory (Turun musiikinopetus Oy)
Eero Linjama, Turku University of Applied Sciences
Timo Hintsanen, City of Turku
Katri Kaalikoski, Suomen Humanistinen Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy

Anu Juva, Business Turku, Coordinator