The new Rector and Vice Rectors began their work

The new Rector and four new Vice Rectors of the University of Helsinki began their five-year period on 1 August 2003.

The Electoral College elected the Rector in May. The new Rector Ilkka Niiniluoto (57) has served as Professor of Theoretical Philosophy since 1981. He has also been Vice-Rector of the University of Helsinki 1998-2003.

As vice rectors the Electoral College appointed, based on the proposal of Rector-elect Ilkka Niiniluoto, Professors Hannele Niemi, Mauno Kosonen, Marja Makarow and Thomas Wilhelmsson in June.

Prof. Hannele Niemi’s, PhD (Educ.), (54) office as Vice Rector is full-time, the area of responsibility being teaching affairs. Since 2001, she has served as the Dean of the Faculty of Education and Member of the University Senate.

The area of responsibility of Prof. Mauno Kosonen, PhD, (60) as Vice Rector includes matters related to the “third task” of the University, such as adult education and regional co-operation. The office is part-time. He has been the Dean of the Faculty of Science since 1994.

The area of responsibility of Prof. Marja Makarow, PhD, (55) as Vice Rector is research. The office is part-time. She was appointed Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Faculty of Forestry and Agriculture of The University of Helsinki as of the beginning of 2003.

Thomas Wilhelmsson LLD, (53), was re-appointed as the Swedish-speaking Vice Rector, continuing his term 1998–2003 in the same office, with issues related to the Swedish-language and international operations of the University. The post is part-time.

1.8.2003


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