The Board of the University of Helsinki selected President Tarja Halonen as chair at its organisation meeting on 20 December 2017. The term of the Board is four years, 1 January 2018-31 December 2021.
Halonen emphasises that the University has great relevance to society on many levels.
– It gives Finland the chance to succeed in international competition and care for the Nordic welfare state. Education, research and innovation are highly significant for such efforts, she says.
– Even though it is important to keep up to date and succeed in competitions, I hope that the University can keep its views broader. For this reason, investments in education, edification and research are fundamentally important. I also hope that Finns will retain the great respect they have traditionally held for the education sector, Halonen continues.
One of the new Board’s first tasks during the spring term of 2018 is to decide on the next rector of the University. The Board is also a prominent institution outside the University.
– The University of Helsinki has an established position not only in Finnish scholarship and culture, but also internationally. The Board of the University features representatives from different sectors of society, and can network more actively both in Finland and beyond. As chair of the Board, I will do my best to draw on the international contacts and experience that I have, Halonen states.