National Defence University

(Updated 30 April)
Measures by the National Defence University to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

National Defence University 18.3.2020 14.34 | Published in English on 18.3.2020 at 14.44
Press release

To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the National Defence University, part of the Finnish Defence Forces, prevents the entry into its premises of persons not serving the FDF or not studying at the NDU and instructs students and personnel to work from home.

The National Defence University wants to protect the working and studying environment and the health and well-being of the NDU community. Therefore, the following measures have been introduced. Exceptional arrangements are in effect until further notice. 

Students and personnel (updated 17 March)
Instruction will be carried out online for at least the following two weeks and the personnel will work from home as much as possible. Meetings of more than 10 people should not be held in accordance with Government instructions. When in contact with others, personnel should keep a safe distance from others as instructed. 

Information involving any measures taken will be provided for personnel and students also via in-house channels. 

Entrance examination 2020 (updated 30 April)
This spring, the National Defence University’s entrance examination for admission to the Bachelor of Military Science Degree studies will take place mainly by remote connection arrangements between 11 May - 15 June 2020.  The decision ensures a safe and equal entrance examination for all applicants.  This is why all sections of the examination with the exception of the physical fitness test will be carried out by remote connection arrangements. Read more:

Library (updated 2 April)
Persons other than personnel or students will not be received at the NDU Library until further notice.  

Customers from outside the Defence Forces:
Civilian customers may renew their loans via the MPKK-Finna service, by email at [email protected] and by phone 0299 530177. Loans may be returned by mail on one’s own responsibility. 

National Defence University students and personnel, and customers from other Defence Forces brigade-level units:
The information service, interlibrary services and information desk will provide distance services from 8.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Customers are kindly requested to contact us mainly by email at [email protected] or by phone 0299 530177.

The availability of loan services has been restricted. The library delivers publications from its ground-floor collections only in the following cases: 

  • NDU students: Publications needed for working on final theses
  • Publications indispensable for researchers at the NDU: publications are provided only to a limited extent and only when absolutely necessary, for example for being able to achieve a research article almost finished. 

In cases meeting these criteria, requests for publications should be made by email at [email protected] Publications requested by 3.30 p.m. will be delivered by 10 a.m. the following day by the self-check machines on the 1st floor of the Santahamina Building. The customers can fetch and check them out by themselves. 

The library’s e-journals, e-books and databases are also available by remote connections (more information: MPKK LibGuides). The library information service is accessible by email at [email protected]

Military Museum
The Military Museum’s exhibition centre in Suomenlinna will be closed until further notice. 

Visits (updated 17 March)
Dispersed work and visits are currently not allowed in National Defence University premises. Visits at the NDU have been cancelled until further notice. 

Future events
Russia Seminar 2020 has been postponed until spring 2021.  Information concerning other future events will be provided later.

The National Defence University adheres to the instructions issued by the Defence Forces and  continues to follow the situation actively. Information will be provided in the event of further measures and changes to the instructions. 
More information about the Defence Forces’ instructions and measures is available here