The National Defence University (NDU) is a military tertiary education institution that is part of the Finnish Defence Forces. The university is to produce highly educated personnel for the Defence Forces and the Border Guard.
Studies at this university bring together academic and vocational education. NDU graduates are leaders who are experts in their field. Research is a top priority at the NDU, namely because teaching at the National Defence University draws upon the latest research in military science. The NDU's third task is to maintain community relations.