Supporting the reform of the Finnish university sector
The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries is actively involved in the ongoing reform of the university sector. The goal is to improve the opportunities for top-level research and education.
The Finnish Parliament has ratified a new university decree giving Finnish universities greater autonomy. Two foundation-based universities – the Aalto University, which will fuse art and science with technology and business, and the Tampere University of Technology, opened on 1 January 2010.
The two universities will strive to live up to expectations not only by taking advantage of greater autonomy and increased funding, but also through specialisation, active international co-operation, new approaches to industry-university co-operation and an emphasis on teaching methods.
Not only has The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries been involved in planning the Aalto University together with the Ministry of Education and the educational establishments involved, but together with the Centennial Foundation it has invested EUR 80 million in the Aalto University fund. The Federation and the Centennial Foundation have also invested EUR 28 million in the Tampere University of Technology fund.
The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries facilitates and participates in projects and programmes involving companies, universities and research institutions in order to support development in talent management, education and research in fields such as systems engineering, built environments, human-centred technology and user experience, and sales competences in the industrial service business.
The Federation also commissions studies and produces and disseminates information on the future competence needs of the technology industry and the consequent implications for higher education.
Mervi Karikorpi, director, tel. +358 9 192 3348 or +358 40 741 9801, firstname.lastname@example.org