The National Defence University (NDU) is a world-class training institution responsible for educating the future leaders of Finland’s armed forces.

Officer Cadets gain tertiary qualifications and the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to undertake commissioned officer roles in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Frontier Guard.

The three-year bachelor courses cover military strategy and tactics, military technologies and military history. Academic studies are combined with leadership, communication and military training.

Masters degrees and doctorates of Military Science are also offered at the university, which has its main campus at the military training island Santahamina, Helsinki.

The NDU holds research partnerships with leading international military institutions, including NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Defence College, National Defence College of Sweden, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom and Baltic Defence College.


PL 7, 00861 HELSINKI


Head of public authority (President / Vice-Chancellor / CEO / DG):

Prkenr Pertti Salminen


Press contact


Harri Valtonen



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