Greater Helsinki Area top university does not show up well in comparison of results
The establishments that would make up the new top university - the so-called Innovation University - that is being planned in the Greater Helsinki area, and which was also included in the programme of the new government, have not been successful in terms of funding and scientific results, when compared with other Finnish universities over the period from 2002 to 2006.
According to statistics released by the Ministry of Education, the joint basic funding for the Helsinki University of Technology, the Helsinki School of Economics, and the University of Art and Design Helsinki was 14 per cent of the basic funding of all Finnish universities, and 14.5 per cent of the overall funding of all universities in the country.
Compared with the funding, the results of the three universities were clearly less successful than those of other universities. The number of basic degrees was 11.9 per cent, and that of post-graduate degrees 11.7 per cent, while the number of articles published in foreign scientific journals was only 8.4 per cent of such publications at all Finnish universities.
The planned new University of Eastern Finland, made up of the universities of Joensuu and Kuopio, which is to start operating on January 1st 2010, managed rather better, while gaining 9.3 per cent of the basic funding and only 8.8 per cent of the overall funding. The students at the two eastern universities were more efficient, producing 8.5 per cent of all basic degrees and 10.1 per cent of all post-graduate degrees. The number of international articles written in Kuopio and Joensuu was 9.8 per cent of the scientific publications published in all Finnish universities.
The findings follow on from recent criticism by academics of the wisdom of the government's proposals. The move to create a "super university" was roundly condemned by some academics, who feared that art would be subjected to commercial considerations.
Previously in HS International Edition:
Idea of Finnish top university generates heated debate (17.4.2007)
Federal University of Joensuu and Kuopio
Ministry of Education