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.[3]

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.[3]

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.[3]

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.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8]

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. [9]

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.[10]

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.[11]

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 key interdisciplinary research areas of the University of Eastern Finland are built around four global challenges:

  • Ageing, lifestyles and health
  • Learning in a digitised society
  • Cultural encounters, mobilities and borders
  • Environmental change and sufficiency of natural resources.

The University of Eastern Finland approaches the above-mentioned challenges through its focused, interdisciplinary research areas. The research areas are:

  • Aerosols, climate change and human health
  • Cardiovascular and metabolic diseases
  • Forests, global change and bioeconomy
  • Neurosciences
  • Borders, mobilities and cultural encounters
  • Photonics: theory, materials and applications
  • Sustainable governance of natural resources
  • Learning in interactive environments
  • Translational cancer research
  • Musculoskeletal disorders

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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.[13]

Strategy[edit]

The Board of the University of Eastern Finland has approved the university’s strategy for 2015-2020 on 1 April 2014. The strategy comprises the university’s mission, vision and values, as well as the university's strategic goals for 2020.

  • Mission: "We are an international, multidisciplinary and student-centred university whose high standard of research and appealing academic offering build the competence base of the future."
  • Vision: "We are an internationally attractive university, which seeks to find interdisciplinary solutions to global challenges."
  • Values: "The values of our academic community are freedom of science, teaching and learning, transparency, courage, responsibility and impact."
  • Strategic goals for 2020

The university's research is of a high international standard and impactful.

- We are ranked among the leading 200 research universities in the world and, in our strong research areas, among the world’s leading 50 research universities.

The university's teaching is based on latest research findings and we train experts for tomorrow's working life.

- We are home to Finland's best academic learning environments and most efficient study processes. Our academic offering is appealing, our teaching is student-centred and our students graduate within the target time.

The university is an internationally recognised and socially impactful actor.

- We are known as a partner who takes the initiative, as a developer of business activities that are rooted in our expertise, and as a producer of research data and education which support the finding of solutions to global challenges.

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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.[15]

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.[16]

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.[17]

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.[19]

Interesting facts[edit]

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References[edit]

External links[edit]

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