The world around us is complex, volatile, hyper-connected, surprising and ambiguous. However, there is a natural desire in human mind to understand the world and scan environments, opportunities and challenges in its alternative future conditions. Anticipating, creating, and managing change in our increasingly fast-paced and globalized technological world is a big challenge. Understanding large-scale socioeconomic change, driving forces and – accordingly – reorganizing social interaction and business practices are key talents to organizations and societies, as well as individuals.

Finland University provides the customer organisations with competence building solutions based on worldclass scientific research. Futures Studies and Foresight Education are tailored to suit the professional development needs of the client, offering inspiring combinations of training on campus, small groups, online exchange and practical training in the workplace.

Futures Studies and Foresight Education include Futures Studies courses and Foresight training Programmes offering the customers tools to map future developments and manage systemic change, to design creative environments, and to build visionary strategies. Services are based on academic research of futures studies, with a variety of approaches such as environmental and energy research, sociocultural research, digitalization and networks, food and consumption, bio-economy, security and education.


The general forms of cooperation include:

  • Short courses and expert visits
  • Certified programmes
  • Commissioned master’s degree programmes
  • Experts support and exchange
  • Educational consulting


International rankings show that Finland is a leading country in innovation, education and training. Strong future-orientation of the Finnish society is well-known world-wide. Demonstrating futures studies as an academic discipline with Master´s and Doctoral Degrees is rare worldwide. There are exceptional organizing modes of national foresight knowledge such as

  • the Committee for the Future at Finnish Parliament as an integral part of national decision-making and
  • the Finland Futures Academy as a national university network for futures studies education


In Finland, regional foresight is a legal Act enhancing prosperous futures of companies and citizens in the region.

Futures Studies and Foresight Education will give the participants a front seat to observe the everyday work of Finnish futurists in order to provide the understanding of the Finnish foresight system. Having Finnish futures studies societies as a partner makes sure that clients get access to best possible foresight knowledge and contacts.

More information

director Juha Kaskinen, juha.kaskinen@utu.fi, and coordinator Sari Söderlund, sari.soderlund@utu.fi