The Finnish universities in the conflicting demands of autonomy and relevance

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Finland has acquired an excellent reputation in recent years as a country whose higher education produces high quality results and has a strong regional impact. Behind this Cinderella phenomenon there is the state’s strong commitment to higher education as well as maintaining a comprehensive network. However, conditions are changing in terms of university autonomy, governance arrangements and financial management´. Finland has implemented a broad reform of its higher education system, and as a part of this reform, the university sector’s role has changed substantially since the beginning of 2010. The background to this reform has seen a long transition period during which universities have gradually ceased to be part of the state administration, and their autonomous status has been strengthened.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFreedom, Equality, University
EditorsCezary Kościelniak, Jarosław Makowski
Place of PublicationPoland
PublisherCivic Institute
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)978-83-933794-4-6
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes
MoEC publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Field of science

  • Administrative science

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