University of Eastern Finland

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University of Eastern Finland
Itä-Suomen yliopisto
University of Eastern Finland.svg
Established 2010
Type Public
Rector Prof. Perttu Vartiainen, Prof. Jukka Mönkkönen
Admin. staff 2,800
Students 15,000
Location Joensuu, Kuopio and Savonlinna, Eastern Finland, Finland
Campus Main campuses in Joensuu and Kuopio
small campus in Savonlinna
Nickname UEF
Website www.uef.fi

The University of Eastern Finland (Finnish: Itä-Suomen yliopisto) is a university in Finland with three campuses in Joensuu, Kuopio, and Savonlinna. It was formed in 2010 by a merger of two previously independent universities.

History[edit]

The University of Eastern Finland was formed through a merger of two formerly independent universities, the University of Joensuu and the University of Kuopio. These ceased to exist when the University of Eastern Finland began to operate in January 2010.[1] The merger was affected by the university sector reform carried out in Finland in 2009–2010, which occurred when the previous Universities Act of 1997 was replaced by a newly enacted Universities Act of 2009 (558/2009). The new Universities Act further extended the autonomy of Finnish universities by giving each university an independent legal personality, either as a public corporation or as foundation. At the same time, the universities’ management and decision-making system were reformed. The Finnish Parliament passed the Universities Act on 16 June 2009.[2]

Although the University of Eastern Finland launched operations in 2010, cooperation between the University of Joensuu and the University of Kuopio was tight already before the actual merger.

Merger[edit]

2009 The first joint student admissions to the University of Eastern Finland were carried out in Economics and Business Administration and in Social Sciences in 2009. Further more, the University of Eastern Finland was in 2009 granted permission to organise dentistry education, which began in 2010.[3] On May 18, 2009 The Sino-Finnish Environmental Research Centre (SFERC) located in Nanjing, China was opened. It is a joint effort by University of Joensuu, University of Kuopio and University of Nanjing.[4] SFERC is focused on higher education and research addressing forestry, energy and environmental issues. It is the first unit established by Finnish universities in China.[4] It will operate at the University of Nanjing campus as a permanent satellite campus for the University of Eastern Finland.[5]

2008 The organisation structure and strategy of the University of Eastern Finland were completed. The University of Joensuu and the University of Kuopio received a joint right to confer degrees in Economics and Business Administration.[6]

2007 A working group led by Professor Reijo Vihko submitted a report proposing that cooperation between the University of Joensuu and the University of Kuopio be intensified. On 2 May, the University Senates of the University of Joensuu and the University of Kuopio approved a mutual agreement on forming a new university. On 26 September, the University Senates decided on the official name of the new university, i.e. the University of Eastern Finland.[7]

2006 The University of Joensuu and the University of Kuopio decided to intensify their mutual cooperation as part of the Ministry of Education programme addressing the structural development of Finnish higher education institutions. The project for the University of Eastern Finland was selected as one of the Ministry of Education spearhead projects. The project was appointed a working group led by Professor Reijo Vihko.[8]

Locations[edit]

One of the main buildings, Mediteknia, on the Kuopio campus.
The main building of Joensuu campus.

The University of Eastern Finland has two main campuses, one in Joensuu and the other in Kuopio. In addition to the main campuses, the University of Eastern Finland also has a smaller campus in Savonlinna. The Mekrijärvi Research Station, which also constitutes part of the UEF, is located in Ilomantsi, eastern Finland. [9] The main campuses are located approximately 130 kilometres (80 mi) apart and the Savonlinna Campus is located some 130 kilometres (80 mi)from Joensuu and 160 kilometres (100 mi) from Kuopio.

Administration[edit]

The University of Eastern Finland is a public university, which is administered by the Board, the Rector and the Academic Rector, the University Collegiate Body, the Faculty Councils and the Deans. The practical administrative tasks of the university are carried out by University Services and the Administration Service Centres of the faculties. [10]

Board

The Board of the University of Eastern Finland is the university's highest executive organ. The Board of the University of Eastern Finland is composed of a total of 10 members, 4 of whom are external members. The term of office of the Board is 1 January 2014–31 December 2017. The current members of the UEF Board are Heikki Junkkari, student; Tero Karjalainen, MA; Riitta Mustonen, PhD; Jussi Pihlajamäki, MD; Eeva Punta, Lic.Phil.; Wille (Vilho) Riekkinen, ThD; Tomi Rosti, MA; Petteri Taalas, PhD; Matti Tolvanen, LLD; and Marjo Turunen, student.[11]

Rector and Academic Rector

The University of Eastern Finland has a Rector and an Academic Rector, both of whom are based at a different main campus of the university. The Rector of the University of Eastern Finland is Prof. Perttu Vartiainen and the Academic Rector of the University of Eastern Finland is Prof. Jukka Mönkkönen. [12]

University Collegiate Body

The Collegiate Body of the University of Eastern Finland comprises a total of 24 members. Eight of the members represent the university’s professors, eight represent the university's teaching, research and general staff, and eight represent the university's students. The term of office of the University Collegiate Body is four calendar years. However, the term of office of the members representing the university’s students is two calendar years.[13]

Faculties

The University of Eastern Finland has four faculties: 1) the Philosophical Faculty, 2) the Faculty of Science and Forestry, 3) the Faculty of Health Sciences, and 4) the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies. The Dean of the Philosophical Faculty is Prof. Markku Filppula, the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Forestry is Prof. Jukka Jurvelin, the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences is Prof. Hilkka Soininen, and the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies is Prof. Harri Siiskonen. [14]

Research and education[edit]

The University of Eastern Finland is a multidisciplinary university which is internationally recognised for its competitive research and education. The four faculties of the UEF offer teaching in nearly 100 major subjects and degree programmes. The university's annual student intake is approximately 2,200 and the university attracts nearly 9,500 applications for admission every year. The university of offers Bachelor's, Master's and doctoral level education in 13 fields of study: pharmacy, dentistry, humanities, education, economics and business administration, natural sciences, medicine, forest sciences, psychology, theology, health sciences, social sciences, and law.

Areas of expertise in research[edit]

The University of Eastern Finland has three areas of expertise in research: Forests and the Environment, Health and Well-Being, and New Technologies and Materials.

Forests and the Environment

The University of Eastern Finland enjoys a leading national position in the field of forestry research. The extensive research conducted by the university on forests and the climate, other natural resources and the human habitat in the natural sciences, health sciences and social sciences underscores the sustainable use of natural resources and constitutes an internationally unique research cluster in the field. The societal significance of the area of expertise is enhanced by research pertaining to environmental law, operating environments and societal development.

Health and Well-Being

Research in molecular medicine seeks to uncover the basic mechanisms behind various endemic diseases. Combined with clinical and population-based research, this creates new prerequisites for the development of prevention, diagnostics and new treatment methods for these diseases. Furthermore, the role of nutrition, exercise, other lifestyle choices and well-being in maintaining health constitutes an important field of research.

New Technologies and Materials

Technological research founded in natural sciences is the key factor behind the future financial prosperity of Finland. The high standard of basic research in natural sciences at the University of Eastern Finland serves as a foundation for developing new technologies and applications in biosciences, information sciences, materials sciences and nano sciences. Research in the area of expertise creates new knowledge and exploitability pertaining to medicine, information and communication technologies and the human habitat, as well as to the related technologies for their production and use.

Furthermore, the university has selected two regionally and nationally significant fields in which research and education will be further strengthened, namely Broad-Based Expertise pertaining to Russia, and Selected Fields of Teacher Education.[15]

International cooperation[edit]

The University of Eastern Finland is an international research university with an extensive network of foreign partners. The university has concluded bilateral agreements on cooperation with approximately 70 universities abroad. Furthermore, the university is involved in several international networks and discipline-specific projects, and the university’s teaching and research staff and students are active in participating in various mobility programmes. [16]

Strategy[edit]

The Board of the University of Eastern Finland has approved the university’s strategy on 22 March 2010. The strategy comprises the university’s mission, vision for 2015 and values. Mission: The University of Eastern Finland (UEF) is a multidisciplinary university which is internationally recognised for its high standard of research and education. The university has a strong profile in its areas of expertise and it takes a particular interest in promoting the regional development of eastern Finland. Vision 2015: The University of Eastern Finland is an internationally recognised research and teaching university, which is among the top three most significant universities in Finland and among the leading 200 universities in the world. Values: The central values guiding the operations of the university are freedom of science, ethicality and justice. [17]

Quality management[edit]

The University of Eastern Finland has adopted an ISO 9001:2000 compliant quality management system. The University of Eastern Finland passed the audit of the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council (FINHEEC) on 24 March 2011. The audit is valid for six years.[18]

Statistics[edit]

The University of Eastern Finland has a staff of 2,600 and 15,000 students. The university's annual budget is 234.1 million euros (in 2012).

In 2012, the university awarded 1,252 Master's level degrees and 152 doctoral degrees. The university’s peer-reviewed scientific publications amounted to 2,181, and the university also gave out 452 other scientific publications. [19]

The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture granted the University of Eastern Finland the right to confer degrees in the field of law as from 1 August 2013, expanding the university's fields of study to a total of 13, and making the university the most multidisciplinary university in Finland. [20]

Rankings[edit]

Since launching its operations in 2010, the University of Eastern Finland has appeared frequently, indeed annually, in several rankings listing the world's leading universities. In the rankings of the world’s top universities under 50 years of age published by QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the University of Eastern Finland was ranked 35th by QS, and 61st by THE (2013).

In 2013, the University of Eastern Finland was ranked among the leading 350 universities in the world by Times Higher Education. In QS World University Rankings 2013, the University of Eastern Finland was ranked among the leading 300 universities in the world, and in the 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities published by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the University of Eastern Finland was ranked among the leading 401–500 universities in the world.

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In the International Student Barometer published on 6 April 2011, international students regard the University of Eastern Finland as the best university in Finland in terms of the teaching staff, research, and performance feedback. Furthermore, the University of Eastern Finland was ranked as the 2nd best university in Finland as regards students’ learning aspects. In the overall survey, the University of Eastern Finland was placed near the national and international top.[22]

Interesting facts[edit]

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References[edit]

External links[edit]

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