Rector Niiniluoto: The University of Helsinki wants to stay on top

Rector Ilkka Niiniluoto calls for the advance on the university finance in his anniversary speech.

Rector Ilkka Niiniluoto

At the anniversary ceremonies of the University of Helsinki rector Ilkka Niiniluoto insist on his speech that the new government programme must include a statement that will ensure further development in the spirit of the Higher Education Development Act and thus enhance research and basic resources for universities in accordance with the recommendations of the Science and Technology Council of Finland.

According to Niiniluoto, these comparisons prove indisputably that the National Productivity Programme’s aim to increase the input-output efficiency of the university sector will leave us further and further behind the international forefront.

– The American private universities that excel in research are characteristically five-fold more focused on research, have a two-fold number of international students, a two-fold student/teacher ratio and a four-fold non-academic/academic staff ratio, and five-fold funding per student as compared to their European counterparts, said Niiniluoto.

According to Niiniluoto, The University of Helsinki’s conception of the high quality of its work is primarily based on assessments conducted by international panels on the quality of its research and teaching. Our leading researchers have received acclaim when nominations for awards for excellence have been made or national centres of excellence have been selected on the basis of international evaluations.

– When plans for the establishment of top class universities in Finland in the name of ”spearhead projects” for structural development have been presented, it has been ignored that, strictly speaking, the only world class university in the country is the University of Helsinki, reminds Niiniluoto.

Text: Heidi Haapalainen
Photo: Mikko Arvinen

Translation: Valtasana Oy

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