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The progress and economic competitiveness of Finnish society hinges on fostering research and education alongside with innovation and development. In an effort to enable Finnish universities to assume a more visible international profile, the government has launched a university reform to increase their economic and administrative autonomy. This reform will be carried out partly by amending the Universities Act and partly by structural development initiatives.
Through the reform, universities will be better able to
In anticipation of the new law, the University of Oulu started drafting a new operational strategy in autumn 2008. From the outset, this strategy was geared toward developing the university into an internationally top-ranked scientific community. Its central objectives include
The Finnish Parliament passed the bill on 16 June 2009 for enactment on 1 August. In August, a new board will assume the responsibility of shaping the university's future, and a revised operations model will be adopted. At the start of 2010, the new Universities Act will enter into force.
What will not change?
> University staff briefed about strategic aims (7.5.2010)
> Appointments: Councils for research and education (19.2.2010)
> Juha Jaako elected Chair of the University Collegiate Body (23.12.2009)
> Pihlajaniemi and Silvén the new Vice Rectors of Oulu University (23.12.2009)
> Lauri Lajunen re-elected (13.10.2009)