Founded in 1849, Helsinki University of Technology, TKK, in Otaniemi is the oldest university of technology in Finland and a pioneer in the field of technology in the country. Its fields of education and research cover all areas of technology that are of importance to the Finnish economy, including architecture. TKK has 250 professors and 15 000 under- and postgraduate students, receives 230 million euros (2006) total funding from state and other sources, and produces around 1000 Master's degrees and 160 doctorates each year.
TKK is involved in nine national Centres of Excellence in Research nominated by the Academy of Finland, carrying out research on topics ranging from nanotechnology and radio technology to bioadaptive materials and brain activity. The Otaniemi area is a unique concentration of high technology and expertise where, in addition to TKK, many significant research centres are situated.