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Department and society

The social impact of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry and the Department of Economics and Management is mainly based on the social relevance of scientific research and the teaching based on it, as well as the separate expert services produced by the researchers and lecturers.

The special strengths of the Department of Economics and Management include:
- a focus on the sustainable use of natural resources and the human well-being dependent on it within a changing world
- national responsibility in many fields of study
- multidisciplinary problem-solving competence and ability
- extensive and close cooperation with state research institutes and
- Long-term practice of an advisory committee to engender the commitment of stakeholders in developing the faculty.

In the near future, the establishment of a department-level advisory committee and operating model will be looked into, and the opportunities for setting up a wide-ranging committee jointly with the Economic Research unit of MTT Agrifood Research Finland and other state research institutes (e.g. the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, and the National Consumer Research Centre) will be examined.

Through high-level international research cooperation and networks, the Department of Economics and Management engages in important international social interaction and bears social responsibility. Global social interaction and responsibility are being enhanced in a goal-oriented way as a special field of strength in the faculty and Department of Economics and Management, the foundation for which is the sustainable use of renewable natural resources and the promotion of human well-being, as well as the faculty’s multidisciplinary, multisectoral and multifunctional approach.

The Department of Economics and Management's most important partners include state research institutes and other higher education institutions nationally and internationally, business, the state and regional administration as well as alumni. Efforts will be made to improve active links to alumni during the planning period (alumni and fundraising). The Viikki Tropical Resources Institute (VITRI), which concentrates on research into developing countries, and its RAKEDEVE network are recognised as one of the department’s most important cooperation partners. Likewise, the Finnish University Partnership for International Development (UNIPID) project, which focuses on the teaching of and research into sustainable development, is one of our partners.

The department is also further enhancing its regional cooperation through, for example, the professorship in the Economics of Baltic Sea Protection bestowed by the City of Helsinki, the faculty’s research stations and test facilities, the Ruralia Institute, provincial universities and polytechnics, as well as through our extensive cooperation with state research institutes. The department also operates in the Nordic NOVA university network (Nordic Forestry, Veterinary and Agricultural University Network).

By capitalising on its unique subject offering, the Department of Economics and Management operates as an active and influential force in society and the region.