Study Visit - University of Helsinki, September 10-12, 2017
Rising from Ashes: re-imagining university functions after a financial crisis
Hosted by the University of Helsinki
In 2015-16 Finnish higher education had to face up to the reality of significant and far reaching funding cuts as part of the government’s wider fiscal strategy.
Its 15 universities and 26 polytechnics learned that their core public funding would be reduced by an eye watering €500 million over the next four years and that €100 million of research funding would be cut.
HUMANE’s study visit “Rising from the ashes – re-imaging university functions after a financial crisis”, provides an opportunity to investigate how the University of Helsinki took the opportunity to use this crisis to re-think its operations in a fundamental way.
In addition to providing insight into the University’s strategic context, the Helsinki Study Visit will provide an opportunity to understand what the University chose to do by way of response, as well as how it went about implementing its readjustment plan.
The study visit will be an intensive one and a half day engagement, with informal networking opportunities and plenty of opportunity for participative group work and discussion.
Session 1: Background and framework
- European and Finnish landscape
- Scale of Budget cuts for the University of Helsinki & the government’s policy rationale
- New Strategic plan
Session 2: Re-imagining University Services
- Organisation built on central services and on-site services on campuses
- Service sectors cutting across the organisational structure
- Administrative staff of campuses operating in a matrix
- User-oriented approach in service and process development
Session 3: Big Wheel - Reform of the Degree Programmes and Services
- Comprehensive Bachelor’s degree programmes and national and international Master's degree programmes transcending boundaries between disciplines, units and faculties
- Constructing the degree programmes from the point of view of competence and employability
- Re-organizing the support services in line with the new demands of student guidance
Session 4: Case HiLIFE
- Competitive research
- Research infrastructure
- Tenure track
Session 5: Strategy for Future Funding
- Matched-funding scheme
- International funding
Session 6: Evidence-based decision-making
- The route from data to operation
- How to track (and when to react) to weak signals
Both study visits involve a significant amount of informal interaction between the hosts and the participants. The programmes are designed to allow participants to learn about the hosts’ lessons learned as well as their successes; and for the hosts to learn from participants, particularly during the structured feedback sessions.
Who Can Attend?
This HUMANE Study Visit is open to:
HUMANE Members can also attend with one or more colleagues
HUMANE Members can also send colleagues from their University
WSAN Members - Winter School Alumni can attend all HUMANE events
Non HUMANE members can attend at the non member fee rate.
Study Visit Fees
The Study Visit fee is € 1,100 for HUMANE members. This includes catering within the programme but not travel or accommodation.
HUMANE Members coming as a group can receive discounted rates for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th participant - please contract the HUMANE Secretariat for details.
Study Visit fees for non-HUMANE members is € 1,500.
Upon registration you will receive a confirmation letter and invoice. Please wait until you receive the invoice before arranging the payment.
Accommodation and Practical Information
Will be sent to registered participants when it is available.
Final Study Visit Schedule
Sunday 10 September:
19:30 Dinner and Study Visit briefing
Monday 11 September:
08:45 - 19:30 Study Visit Sessions
20:00 Study Visit Dinner
Tuesday 12 September
08:45 - 12:00 Study Visit Sessions
12:00 closure and lunch
Due to the limited group size of each Study Visit once written confirmation is received from the HUMANE Secretariat 100% cancellation fees will be applied for any cancellation after 11 August.