“This is a real opportunity to get down to work without distractions and the environment is great – very intellectual, with many disciplines and topics. This mix is inspirational, and helps spark lots of ideas. The resources are excellent and everything is so well-organised.” - Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Aston University
The lively academic community at the Aleksanteri Institute consists of 50 researchers and experts on Russian and Eastern European Studies. As a national centre in its field, the Institute is also a perfect starting point for getting to know the Finnish scholarly world: our network covers 12 universities all over Finland: Aalto University, Hanken School of Economics, Lappeenranta University of Technology, University of Eastern Finland, University of Jyväskylä, University of Lapland, University of Oulu, University of Tampere, University of Turku, University of Vaasa and Åbo Akademi. And – of course – the University of Helsinki, where the Institute is affiliated with the Faculty of Arts.
Each Visiting Fellow has two hosts who facilitate their integration into the local academic scene. The hosts are chosen so that they share a common scholarly interest with the guest, but all of the Aleksanteri staff will help you in getting the most out of your visit.
“It was terrific to have the opportunity to engage with a community of committed scholars and researchers who are working, in an interdisciplinary context, on topics on Eastern Europe. ...everyone at the Institute was so helpful, generous with their time, and willing to give advice about the city and the university. My academic hosts were also very helpful in meeting with me, providing suggestions and inviting me to Tampere for the day." - Barbara J. Falk, Canadian Forces College / Royal Military College of Canada / University of Toronto, Canada