The Ruralia Institute operates under the auspices of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry of the University of Helsinki, and has units in Mikkeli and Seinäjoki.

The institute carries out its duties by

  • Conducting multidisciplinary research and providing instruction
  • Developing solutions that promote entrepreneurship and wellbeing
  • Networking and constructing open learning environments
  • Promoting research and teaching in the co-operative sector

The institute’s focus areas are

  • Local development
  • Sustainable food chains
  • New bioeconomy