The exceptional situation caused by the corona pandemic has also framed all the university's activities this year. In the spring, we started our second year of distance work and distance learning. The autumn brought brighter moods amid the pandemic: we were finally able to return to a freer everyday life and push and study as a widow on the university premises. At the turn of the year, we again had to return to stricter operating restrictions as the corona situation weakened.
During the past year, the university's management was renewed according to its regular rhythm. New deans were elected to all 11 faculties, beginning their term in early 2022. There were also new deans continuing from the previous term. The university also received a new government.
For most of us, the year 2020 boils down to one word: corona. In mid-March, the University’s operations changed radically. The premises were closed, teaching was transferred online and, as a rule, the University community started working and studying remotely. During this exceptional year, much had to be organised in new ways on short notice, including entrance examinations.
The year 2018 was a year of major organisational changes at the University of Helsinki: the new University Board began its term at the beginning of the year, a new 50-member University Collegium was elected in February, and a new rector and vice-rectors took office. Our research results are indisputably of the highest level and our researchers have succeeded well in the European Research Council’s funding rounds: in 2018, seven new projects at the University received ERC funding. In 2018 the University actively lobbied ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections and engaged in the #Researchmatters campaign to communicate to the public and decision-makers alike the importance of research and research-based teaching.
The year 2017 marked the beginning of the University of Helsinki’s new strategy period, which is guided by our vision of global impact in interaction. The University wants to contribute to a better world by taking an increasingly active role in the resolution of global problems. We join forces with partners and stakeholders both in Finland and abroad. In September, the new Think Corner – a meeting place for science and citizens – was opened in the heart of Helsinki.The popularity of Think Corner surpassed all expectations:during the first three months since its opening, over 250 events, with more than 30,000 participants, were hosted.
The University of Helsinki Annual Review 2016 and Strategy Review 2013–2016 describes the operational results of the University of Helsinki during the strategy period 2013–2016. The strategy period 2013−2016 was successful for the University of Helsinki, but it also contained its moments of hardship.
During the strategy period, the University launched an extensive reform of its Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes; this reform is known as the Big Wheel. In autumn 2017, 32 new broad-based Bachelor’s programmes will be launched along with 60 Master’s programmes.