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University World News - SCANDINAVIA: Private funding key to autonomy drive

Scandinavian model of higher education as a public good is now under pressure from market-driven higher education and austerity measures brought in to tackle the economic downturn.

In the face of these pressures, can private funding fill the funding gap in the coming years?

 

 In Finland, Aalto university was established in July 2010 from a merger between Helsinki University of Technology, the Helsinki School of Economics and the University of Arts and Design in the city. Today, Aalto university has 20,000 students, a EUR400 million (US$509 million) budget and participates in 12 centres of excellence.

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Tampere AppDay: getting hands dirty on Windows Phone development

Tampere AppDay: getting hands dirty on Windows Phone development | Finland | Scoop.it
Students and other tech enthusiasts gathered together at Tampere AppDay hackathon to get experiences on Windows Phone development. In this full-day hackathon, students from all three Tampere universities enjoyed loads of pizzas and got some serious learning-by-doing experiences. ...
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Five Finnish universities make world’s top 500 list

Five Finnish universities make world’s top 500 list | Finland | Scoop.it

Five Finnish universities made it into the top 500 universities on the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) list published on Monday by the Shanghai Jiaotong University.

The University of Helsinki ranked the highest of Finnish universities in 74th place. The universities of Oulu, Turku, Jyväskylä and Itä-Suomi also made it onto the list.

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Erasmus Helsinki 2011-2012

Erasmus Helsinki 2011-2012 | Finland | Scoop.it
Erasmus Helsinki 2011-2012 - Description: Everyone who will be in Erasmus to Helsinki during the Academic Year 2011/2012 is welcome to this community! :) I'm Sofia, I'm Italian and I'm looking forward to leave!
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NUI Galway-led climate change research predicts cleaner air but a warmer Europe by 2030

New research initiated by teams at NUI Galway and the University of Helsinki has revealed that the true rate of global warming caused by greenhouse gases has been masked by the cooling effects of tiny airborne particles. According to the research these atmospheric aerosols — also known as particulate matter — form reflective haze and cloud layers which lead to an aerosol cooling effect. However new technologies and stricter environmental controls will see that effect reduced in the years ahead.
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‘There’s an important principle of equality at the heart of education that it would not be possible to introduce fees’ - Education News - News - WalesOnline

‘There’s an important principle of equality at the heart of education that it would not be possible to introduce fees’ - Education News - News - WalesOnline | Finland | Scoop.it
In his penultimate article on Scandinavian education, Graham Henry looks at the importance of tertiary learning – and why the spiralling cost of going to university is not an issue for the Finns.
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The selection of teachers in Finland is as strict as that for doctors leaving schools in a very healthy state - Bala - Local news - News - Daily Post North Wales

In the second in our series examining what Wales’ education system could learn from Finland, Graham Henry looks at the role Finnish teachers play upon entering the classroom...

Finnish teaching students are subject to as rigorous a process as doctors go through in the UK before they are put in a classroom.

Last year, from 1,258 applications to enter school teacher training at the University of Helsinki, around 362 were selected for final exams and interviews, with only 123 accepted – an extremely picky applicant success rate of 9.8%.
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Cloud Computing With Techila and Windows Azure Opens up new Possibilities for Cancer Research

TAMPERE, Finland, June 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

The greatest challenge in cancer research is to identify genes that can predict the progress of the disease. The number of genes and gene combinations is vast, so powerful computing tools are required to achieve this. Assisted by Techila Technologies Ltd (http://www.techilatechnologies.com ), a Finnish company specialising in autonomic high-performance and technical computing, a research team at the University of Helsinki utilized the huge computing capacity of the Windows Azure cloud computing service for the first time. A computing task that usually requires some 15 years can now be completed in less than five days.
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Professor: Students should pay "education tax" after graduation

Professor: Students should pay "education tax" after graduation | Finland | Scoop.it
The National Union of University Students is opposed to the idea, saying that chargeable education would increase inequality.

Finland should introduce a model according to which the ”beneficiary” should pay at least part of his or her education, suggests Professor of Economics Matti Virén of the University of Turku.
Virén would take the British system for a model, in which charges for education start after graduation. They have been graded according to income: the higher the income, the greater the tax surcharge.
In the latest issue of the Finnish journal of sociology Yhteiskuntapolitiikka, Virén criticises Finland’s ”free” university education, saying that it leads to extreme inequality.
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University of Helsinki does well in world rankings –QS Research

The University of Helsinki, based in the Finnish capital, was one of the top 100 universities in the world in several fields, according to the Top Universities ranking published by QS Research.

The University of Helsinki’s Linguistics Department was number 8 in Europe, and had a world ranking of 38.

No other Finnish university made it to the top 150 this year in the world rankings published from 2004.
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Why would you ever leave Finland? | 65 Degrees North

Why would you ever leave Finland? | 65 Degrees North | Finland | Scoop.it
About 20% of IB (International Baccalaureate) graduates decide to go to a university abroad rather than stay in Finland. Is there something particularly wrong with the Finnish education system?
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The History of the University of Helsinki published in English

The History of the University of Helsinki published in English | Finland | Scoop.it
The publication of the History of the University of Helsinki in English is written by Professor Emeritus Matti Klinge, the leading historian in Finland.
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Renowned Malawi scholar honoured in Finland | Malawi news

Renowned Malawi scholar honoured in Finland | Malawi news | Finland | Scoop.it
A renowned Malawian scholar in economics was among a group of six luminaries who have been honoured by the University of Helsinki in Finland for their contribution to global socio-economic development.

The university announced that Thandika Mkandawire, the Malawi-born London School of Economics African Development Professor, was decorated with an honorary (honoris causa) Doctor of Social Sciences at a colourful ceremony in Helsinki, the Finnish capital, on Friday evening. The ceremony was attended by the President of Finland,Tarja Halonen.
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Nordic Drifter

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The Royal Academy of Turku is the oldest university in Finland, and the only still active university that was founded while Finland was a part of Sweden. The academy was founded in 1640 by Queen...
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Finnish researchers discover regulator of human cell activity | Human Health and Science

Finnish researchers discover regulator of human cell activity | Human Health and Science | Finland | Scoop.it

ScienceDaily (Nov. 16, 2011) Research teams headed by Prof. Johanna Ivaska (University of Turku and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland) and Prof. Marko Salmi (University of Turku and the National Institute for Health and Welfare) have discovered that the SHARPIN protein regulates human cell activity.

Published in Nature Cell Biology, the study concludes that SHARPIN regulates the movement and activity of inflammatory cells and of lung and prostate cancer cells. It is likely that the discovery will also have significant implications for other conditions such as Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, rheumatism and even MS.

 

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Reframe: Meanwhile, in Finland -Memebase Comics

Reframe: Meanwhile, in Finland -Memebase Comics | Finland | Scoop.it
Reframe: Meanwhile, in Finland...
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Just a quarter of applicants accepted by universities

Just a quarter of applicants accepted by universities | Finland | Scoop.it
Preliminary figures from the Finnish National Board of Education show that 26
percent of this year’s 66,400 university applicants have been accepted.
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TAMK has helped me to fulfil my dreams

TAMK has helped me to fulfil my dreams | Finland | Scoop.it
Text & Photos: Hazel Von Yancha - Graduate from the Degree Programme in Tourism at Tampere University of Applied Sciences.

"Coming to Finland is like a destiny that meant to be. To live abroad is not part of my master plan but Finland has helped me to embrace the opportunities to see life on the other side of the globe.

Philippines will always be my home. It is where I learned my first steps, the place I grew up, and the starting point of my dreams. As my parents used to say “we brought you to life but it is YOU, who can fulfill your life and dreams.” And now, I am enjoying every step I have taken and every move I have made while living in Finland for almost a decade now."
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University of Helsinki psychiatric professor to receive Nordic Public Health Prize 2011

The Nordic Public Health Prize 2011 will be awarded to Professor of Psychiatry Jouko Lönnqvist for his internationally acclaimed research on the causes, spread and prevention of mental illness at population- and individual level.
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Finland Live Info: Estonian Business School in Helsinki

Finland Live Info: Estonian Business School in Helsinki | Finland | Scoop.it
I have read that an Estonian Business School wants to open a Campus in Helsinki....
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Teen girls ADHD predicts substance abuse - UPI.com

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is less common in girls, but those who have it are more likely to abuse alcohol or drugs, researchers in Finland say.
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We’ll help you Finnish the job: Scandinavian artists jet in for Manchester Day parade

We’ll help you Finnish the job: Scandinavian artists jet in for Manchester Day parade | Finland | Scoop.it
Three women have flown more than 1,000 miles to be part of next weekend’s Manchester Day parade. Nora Kuusisto, Emma Golnick and Anna Nekrasova are all students of the Arts Academy at Turku University of Applied Sciences in Finland.
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TAMPERE (Finland), May 16th-17th, 2011: University of Tampere international workshop on “Universal Basic Income as a European Alternative” | Basic Income News

This day-long workshop discussed issues such as the “Philosophical Foundations of Justice and Basic Income,” “UBI in the Context of National Social Security and Employment Systems,” “Economics and Labour Market ...
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Condemnation of racism turns out racist-flavoured?

Condemnation of racism turns out racist-flavoured? | Finland | Scoop.it
The True Finns Party's declaration in late May condemning racism was partially aimed at themselves, says professor of constitutional law Tuomas Ojanen of the University of Helsinki. The statement penned by MP Jussi Halla-Aho would prohibit the positive aspects of special treatment as well as racism.
“The issue here is reaching true equality between people. We’re trying to improve the conditions of people who are in a weaker position due to discrimination and put them on an equal footing with us,” Professor Ojanen says, defining positive special treatment.
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The Great Reversal is Under Way in our Forests

The Great Reversal is Under Way in our Forests | Finland | Scoop.it
New research shows that forests in many regions across the planet are actually becoming larger carbon sinks, thanks to an increase in density, if not in spread. Europe and North America both saw increases in carbon storage despite little to no expansion of the forest areas.

The study, conducted by conducted by Rockefeller University scientists with colleagues at Connecticut’s Agricultural Experiment Station and the University of Helsinki in Finland, and published online in the open-access journal PLoS One, gives great hope in a day and age where most environmental news seems to be another indictment on the human race.
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