Assay finds research at University of Helsinki is of high international standard
The University of Helsinki was pleased to announce the results of a recent international assessment, according to which the research carried out at the university is of a high international level.
The assessment was first conducted in 1999, and a second time in 2005.
Almost two-thirds of the 75 units of assessment improved their rating from 1999, obtaining the highest or second highest grades on a scale of 1- 7.
In 2005, the average grade of all units was 5.8, whereas in 1999 it was 4.6.
A total of 20 units of the university obtained the maximum grade, while no units were placed in the two lowest categories.
While being delighted with the results, Rector Ilkka Niiniluoto and Vice-Rector Marja Makarow stressed that the level of research is constantly improving worldwide.
They note, however, that the University of Helsinki is approaching its strategic target of being one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in Europe.
The units that obtained the maximum grade will be rewarded financially for six years. The investment by the University of Helsinki in the rewards during 2007–2012 will amount to between EUR 15 and 18 million.
The evaluation was performed by peer review, and conducted by almost 150 mostly international experts.
The Research Assessment Exercise 2005 covered the research activities of 70 faculty departments and five research institutes during the years 1999–2004, representing around 24,000 person years of research and over 60,000 publications. The quality of research was assessed numerically by measuring it against the European level in comparable establishments.
Similar assessments have been carried out also at the Universities of Tampere and Jyväskylä in recent years.
For detailed information, please look at the individual Evaluation Reports at the link below.
Research Assessment Exercise 2005