University of Helsinki to strengthen teaching on modern India with the support of India

The University of Helsinki is the only Finnish university in which students can complete degrees in South-Asian Studies. In an effort to boost teaching resources in this area, the University enters into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indian Council of Cultural Relation (ICCR), an Indian governmental agency.

Through this agreement, University of Helsinki will receive an Indian Visiting Professor, who will conduct research and facilitate societal engagement in addition to teaching activities. The Professor, who will spend a maximum of two years at the University, will focus on teaching of languages and cultures of modern India.

”India is a global superpower, and it is very important for Finland and the Finnish society to know and appreciate the country’s languages and cultures. We are therefore grateful for the Indian Council of Cultural Relation to include the University of Helsinki among the reputed universities, whose India studies it significantly supports”, state Rector Jari Niemelä and Interim Dean Ulla Tuomarla.

ICCR was founded 1950 to promote India’s cultural relations with the rest of the world and to enhance knowledge of India’s languages and cultures, and to further cultural understanding.

The Memoranum of Understanding was signed on August 20, 2018.

For more information, please contact: Markus Laitinen, University of Helsinki,