Alma Mater gave its name to the intranet

The University of Helsinki intranet has been christened Alma, after the popular nickname of the university. In addition to Latin, the name works perfectly in Finnish, Swedish and English.

Alma Alma Mater, as universities are often fondly called, is Latin and means a nurturing, helpful mother. The name of the University intranet refers to the close bond between its users and the university. Alma is also a common Finnish name that is easy to inflect. Alma works in all three languages of the intranet.

The intranet service, which is open to all the University staff and students, will be launched at alma.helsinki.fi on 10 September 2004, the opening day of the academic year. The intranet was earlier planned to be launched in April, but due to production-related reasons, it was decided to reschedule the launch. The content production for the intranet will begin on 10 May.

Alma will mainly contain material that is directed at the University staff and students. It will also contain new service forms that have been designed with the usersÂ’ needs in mind. The public Internet site of the University will in turn concentrate on introducing the research and teaching at the University, for example, to those wishing to study here, the Finnish and international academic community, media and decision-makers in the political and economic life.

Text: Liisa Voutilainen
Photo: Mikael Alatalo
9.3.2003
www.helsinki.fi/digitalcommunications

Translation: Valtasana Oy

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