The History of the University of Helsinki published in English

The publication of the History of the University of Helsinki in English is written by Professor Emeritus Matti Klinge, the leading historian in Finland.

The publication of the History of the University of Helsinki in English is written by Professor Emeritus Matti Klinge, the leading historian in Finland. Photo: Ari Aalto

Matti Klinge’s major work on the University of Helsinki, published in Finnish and Swedish in 1990 to mark the university’s 350th Anniversary, gained national attention. Now the book has been published in English as well.

The book traces the story of the University of Helsinki from its origins in 1640 to the year 2010. It spans 370 years of learning and incident to give an authoritative history of the University for the general reader.

As the oldest university in Finland, the University of Helsinki is a unique and historic institution, and has been the focal point of the country’s history for the last 370 years. Today the University of Helsinki is the most comprehensive in Finland.

Since 1640 the university’s part in learning has been significant. Many future leaders of the nation have been educated there. The architecture of the University in the city centre of Helsinki has become one of the beauties of the city and the National library and museum house a number of important collections.

But most importantly, a university is judged by its contribution to research, both in the sciences and in the liberal arts – a theme which runs throughout the book. International comparisons have consistently placed the university among Europe’s most accomplished institutions of research and teaching.

At the end of the book there is a complete list of all holders of professorial chairs as well as of heads and foremost officials of the University. It serves as a short history of learning with the founding dates of the chairs, when the first persons were appointed for various disciplines.

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Text: Karin Hannukainen
Photo: Ari Aalto
8.6.2011
University of Helsinki, digital communications

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