The connection between research and education makes the university
Bulletin. Published 17.03.2017 at 09:37 a.m.
Professors and Researchers
The Finnish Union of University Professors with the Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers support the Minister of Education and Culture Sanni Grahn-Laasonen’s willingness to further openness in the preparation of the vision regarding higher education and the future of research. The Ministry of Education and Culture is organizing a launch seminar today while maintaining a web-based think tank on the issue during March. The higher education staff, the students and the central stakeholders have all been invited to participate in the vision work.
- In Finland, we need a strong consensus on how to develop the higher education institutions and research on the long run. Otherwise, we may face a situation where the national resources are not being used in the best possible way. The universities are unique expert organizations, where the professors and other personnel should be able to influence the decision-making, states the Chair of the Finnish Union of University Professors, Kaarle Hämeri.
- We need a widely-recognized, quality higher education system, where the profiling and the cropping of possible overlaps should be done by trusting the university community’s expertise. There is readiness for change in the personnel, but executing it by mechanical criteria alone does not create commitment. That, which from far may look like overlapping, may in fact be versatile, supportive know-how, and an externally small subject may in fact be effectively networked, declares the Chair of the Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers, Petri Koikkalainen.
Concerning research, the unions emphasize that the development of science must be drawn from the questions and problems created within the science itself.
- Finland’s success requires a culture relying on strong basic research. Investments in basic research guarantee the involvement in the international science community and create breeding grounds for future innovations, adds Chair Kaarle Hämeri.
Chair Kaarle Hämeri (Finnish Union of University Professors), 040 568 4487;