Töölö Towers promote the internationalisation of university

The Töölö dormitory, realized as a joint project of the University of Helsinki and the Aalto University, opens its doors to international researchers and other guests in September.

Töölö Towers promote the internationalisation of university

International interaction is an important part of research, and global publications and contacts play a key role in making the university well known. According to Vice Rector Ulla-Maija Forsberg, a good residence situation is one way to promote international interaction.

- The hope is that the Töölö Towers will make international mobility easier since we have accommodation to offer, says Forsberg.

The first tower to be opened in September has a total of 99 apartments. There are 66 single rooms and 32 rooms with a kitchen. In addition, the dormitory has one two-room flat with a kitchen. All apartments are furnished and have the wireless university internet. There is also a kitchen for common use on each floor. The second tower will open at the beginning of 2012.

The aim has been to make the Töölö Towers as comfortable as possible. Special emphasis has been put on the common premises for guests so that experts from different fields can have a place to meet their colleagues. Therefore, the joint dormitory is a very reasonable and functional solution for international guests.

The towers are meant only for the short-term needs of researchers and lecturers visiting Helsinki. An average rental time is counted in weeks and the longest stays in the dormitory can be six months.

- This is a unique and cost-efficient way to accommodate guests, many of which are coming to Finland year after year. It is nice to come to a familiar place, and in addition to traditional accommodation services we also offer help for different practical matters in the city, says the personnel expert of international affairs Tiina Kosunen.

The former dormitory towers of Hesperia hospital were built in 1952 for residential purposes, but in the 1980s they were temporarily used as office space. The dormitory, now returned to its original purpose, is located in Etu-Töölö at Pohjoinen Hesperiankatu 23 A.

Text: Noora Niemelä
Photo: Ari Aalto
Translation: AAC Global

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