Through research, we are coming closer to defeating cancer, while constantly gaining new tools for mitigating climate change. With the help of research, we are training the best teachers in the world. Research helps us understand the potential and problems of artificial intelligence.

The world and, thus, the needs of people and the environment are changing at an ever-accelerating pace. At the moment, we don’t know what kind of questions will require answers fifty years from now. What we do already know for certain is that solving these future challenges requires long-term research.

This is where science comes in.

For the sake of Finland’s welfare, it is crucial to safeguard our high level of expertise from early childhood education to the highest level of education and research. Our future lies in expertise and skilled specialists, which is why we should increase our investments in education and research.

Jari Niemelä, rector of the University of Helsinki