Researchers want more freedom

The role of the central administration in steering the operations of universities has yet to be subjected to the necessary public scrutiny, states Petri Koikkalainen, the newly-elected chairperson of the Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers. “It's very clear-cut what the state can do in regards to partly state-owned listed companies. In regards to universities, the question seems to be unanswered and open to varying interpretations.”

10.12.2014 10:07

Adopted in 2010, the Universities Act no longer defines universities as government agencies but rather as corporations governed by public law or private foundations with statutory financial and administrative autonomy.

Yet, universities receive most of their funding from the Government, which expects its investment to yield innovations and scientific achievements as well as educated and critical-minded citizens.

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