University of Oulu lecture hall L2 to be named after President Martti Ahtisaari

To honour President Martti Ahtisaari turning 80, the University of Oulu will name lecture hall L2 after him. The lecture hall, originally a space designed for traditional teacher-to-student lectures, has experienced a total transformation: rows of chairs have been replaced by terraces offering participants the opportunity to learn together while enjoying the state-of-the-art technology in the room.

President Ahtisaari speaks for egalitarian societies and preventing conflicts. The new Martti Ahtisaari hall is an example of creating a learning environment promoting equality. In the hall, students, teachers, researchers and all members of the academic community as well as partners from outside of the university can work together as equals, online and face-to-face. Versatile technology combined with a room-layout that supports collaborative learning makes the hall one of the most modern at the Linnanmaa campus. Students can participate in teaching in the lecture hall in person as well as from the other side of the world. It is only the courage and creativity of the users that will set limits to how the space is used.

President Ahtisaari graduated with a degree in Teacher Education in 1959. He is University of Oulu Honorary Doctor, and was nominated University of Oulu Alumnus of the Year 1999. President Ahtisaari was awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 2008.  

Martti Ahtisaari Institute within Oulu Business School, a research and education unit, was named after president Ahtisaari already in 2008.  The focus of the Institute's activities is in line with President Ahtisaari´s life work towards prospering nations, economies and people.

Last updated: 22.6.2017