The University supports young researchers

The new research policy promises more places in graduate schools and two-year post-doc positions.

Univestity's main building The Senate of the University of Helsinki adopted a research policy for 2004–2006, with promotion of researcher training and the careers of young researchers as one of the main focuses.

According to the policy, the number of places in graduate schools paid for from the University’s own funds will increase next year from 24 to 60. The University’s own places will complement researcher training funded by the Ministry of Education.

The graduate schools enable doctoral candidates to work on their dissertations while receiving a monthly salary. Last year, 361 postgraduate students worked at the University of Helsinki. The University supports postgraduate studies also by establishing support groups for postgraduate students who study outside graduate schools and by offering them courses organised by the graduate schools.

The career of young doctors is boosted by using the University’s own funds to establish two-year post-doc positions scheduled to number 36 in 2006.

Other measures written into the research policy include increasing support services for innovations and discipline-specific education in research ethics. Interdisciplinary approaches and internationalisation of research is promoted by establishing a new form of funding in 2005.

Text: Liisa Voutilainen
Photo: Ida Pimenoff

Translation: Valtasana Oy

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