Teivo Teivainen receives the J.V. Snellman Award

The University of Helsinki presented awards to five renowned academics at its 371st anniversary celebrations.

Teivo Teivainen

This year’s J.V. Snellman Public Information Award was presented to Teivo Teivainen, Professor of World Politics, at the University’s anniversary. Teivainen is a research director at The Centre of Excellence in Global Governance Research and known for his strong opinions, which he eagerly communicates through both traditional and social media.

Teivainen was awarded for his critique of the University reform. He actively contributed to the public debate about the reform through blog postings and by expressing his views in the media. Teivainen also participated in the student takeover of the main university building in 2009, which was done as a protest against the reform.

The reasons for the award stated that Teivainen’s critical attitude helped legislators and others involved in the reform to see several issues from another perspective.

The Eino Kaila Award for outstanding merits in teaching was also given at the event. This year the award was presented to university lecturer Riitta Jyrhämä from the Department of Teacher Education. She has worked at the Department since 1983 and is a highly respected and liked lecturer, researcher and developer of teaching methods.

According to the selection committee Jyrhämä not only knows how to teach, but she also senses individual student’s needs and adapts her teaching methods accordingly.

Three prizes for high-standard doctoral dissertations were also awarded during the anniversary celebrations. The awards were presented to PhD Markus Haapala, Licentiate Tuomas Teinonen and PhD Triin Vahisalu.

Text: Jockum Hildén
Photo: Linda Tammisto

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