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Come interview the rector candidates!


A new rector will be elected for the University of Helsinki during this spring. The University Collegium organises an interview of the top rector candidates in the university’s Great Hall (old side of the Main building, at Fabianinkatu 33) on Thursday 12 of April from 1PM to 2.30PM. The event is open for the whole university community. You can also follow the interviews online through a live stream. HYY’s Facebook event will keep you up to date!'

Why should students care?

The rector is in charge of many decisions that directly influence students’ daily lives and represents the university in both national and global circles – this is why it matters who our next rector is.

Officially, the rector manages the University’s operations and is responsible for the efficient, economic and effective completion of the University’s duties. The rector-to-be is required to have a doctoral degree, vision of research and higher education policy, leadership skills, multifaceted contacts to society and active international experience.

But what’s the perfect rector like from students’ point of view? Come find out about the views of the top rector candidates and make sure students’ perspectives are present in the discussions!

Where are we now?

The election process started already last autumn and now the university’s board has chosen five top candidates whom the university community gets to interview. The top candidates are (in alphabetical order): Jukka Kola, Liisa Laakso, Sari Lindblom, Jari Niemelä and Outi Vaarala. You can find more information about the candidates at the university’s website (unfortunately only in Finnish).

How is the rector elected?

After this interview session, the university’s board will hear the university Collegium’s view on the selection. The university’s board aims to select the new rector in its meeting on 25 April. The term of the new rector will start on 1 August 2018.