The Academic Profession in Finland: Coping with Academic Duties and Societal Challenges

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The academy in Finland has been changing on several fronts in recent years. In the taxonomy being used here, the academic profession comprises those who hold academic positions at universities and polytechnics in Finland’s binary system. Other scholars, however, are to be found in industry and in public sector research institutes, but these have not been considered in this chapter. Scholarly mobility tends to be quite low in Finland, both between higher education institutions and public and private research institutions, and between the university and polytechnic systems within higher education. The new generations demand the same work conditions as those enjoyed elsewhere in society. Younger cohorts want variety in work and duties that will enhance perceptions of their academic progress and merit, to set their own career development before the organisation’s interests. The substantive autonomy encourages researchers to undertake innovative research, in which success is defined at the academic unit level. The procedural point of view of autonomy brings with it the idea that it is not enough for researchers to succeed as independent players, but that they are also a part of university structures.
Translated title of the contributionAkateeminen professio Suomessa: Selviytymistä akateemisissa tehtävissä ja yhteiskunnallisissa haasteissa
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducational Internationalisation
Subtitle of host publicationAcademic voices and public policy
EditorsJennifer Olson, Heidi Biseth, Guillermo Ruiz
PublisherSense publishers
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-6300-334-6
ISBN (Print)978-94-6300-333-9
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoEC publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Field of science

  • Administrative science

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