A joint effort for science

On its 370th anniversary, the University of Helsinki launched a fund-raising campaign.

Paavo Lipponen

The purpose of the Helsinki Insight campaign is to emphasise the role of research in solving questions related to the environment, health, and global well-being. The campaign is fronted by research projects which concern the Baltic Sea, personalised medicine, and Russia, among other things.

The campaign aims to raise EUR 20 million by the end of 2012.

The ongoing year is a special fund-raising year, since the State of Finland has promised to provide a two-and-a-half-fold sum to match the capital donations received by universities during the year. For this, the University of Helsinki has founded a separate Future Fund, and donations to the fund will directly increase the university's capital.

Paavo Lipponen, former Prime Minister of Finland, chairperson of the fund-raising campaign, underlined the generosity of the State's offer and invited all Finns to contribute to the joint effort for Finnish science.

“The University of Helsinki really is the world-class university of Finland,” he pointed out.

Thomas Wilhelmsson, Rector of the University, also stressed the position of the University of Helsinki among the leading universities in the world. And the direction is still higher: the ambitious goal is that the University of Helsinki would become one of the top 25 universities in the world.

Even though the university's fund-raising campaign is only now being officially launched, background work has already been carried out for a long time. Rector Wilhelmsson said that he had visited over one hundred major Finnish companies, and was very positively received.

Already before the campaign launch, the Future Fund has received a total of EUR 500,000. Moreover, Wilhemsson told that he had received many promises of donations, which, however, yet wait for confirmation by general meetings.

Besides the business sector, the fund-raising campaign is targeted at private people, such the university alumni and other stakeholders. The Kirahvi club, named after the street block of the university's main building, has been established for those donating over EUR 1,000.

Website of the Helsinki Insight campaign: www.helsinki.fi/insight » »

Text: Juha Merimaa
Photo: Linda Tammisto

Translation: AAC Global

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