Professor emerita Rauni Räsänen is University of Oulu Alumna/Alumnus of the Year 2017. The Oulu University Society published her nomination during the Alumni Celebration of the Oulu University Day 11 May 2017. Professor Räsänen was honored with the nomination because of her important work in the field of teaching and education, especially in international educational work and teacher training.
After her own teacher career, Rauni Räsänen has participated in developing teacher training by working, for example, as director of the University of Oulu Teacher Training department, and as Professor of internationality education. She has taken Finnish education knowhow abroad and has been in a key role in creating the international teacher training programmes in the University of Oulu.
Student of the Year in the University of Oulu 2017 is student of architecture Senni Suhonen. She is an exemplary student who has progressed and succeeded in her studies in an excellent way. She has also received recognition in an architectural student contest related to her bachelor’s studies. Suhonen has acted in several positions of trust, and she is justifiably trusted by among students. She inspires students to work together across faculty borders. Suhonen’s inspired and persevering work for common good is considered distinguished and exemplary among the University staff as well. Suhonen was named Student of the Year by the Oulu University Society by proposition of the Rauhala Club. Student of the Year will receive a stipend from student housing foundation PSOAS, Oulun ylioppilasapu, and Uniresta Ltd.
Both of the selections were published in the University of Oulu Alumni Celebration on Thursday 11 May 2017. In addition, Rector of the University Jouko Niinimäki handed a Doctor semisaeculares diploma to Severi Mattila, who defended his doctoral thesis in the University of Oulu 50 years ago. The Rector also awarded former mayor Matti Pennanen with a bronze plaque for his important work for the University of Oulu.
Main image: Alumnus/Alumna of the Year, Professor emerita Rauni Räsänen, and Student of the Year, student of technology Senni Suhonen. Photo: Seija Leskelä
Last updated: 12.5.2017