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Trust in universities grows

An increasing proportion of the Finnish population trust the scientific work conducted at universities, the results of a research barometer have indicated.

The Tiedebarometri 2016 survey aimed to map changing trends in the Finnish population’s approach to science. It reported that 75 per cent of those surveyed said they trusted universities, up from 72 per cent in the last survey in 2013. 

The survey also reported that trust in the Academy of Finland, the main research funder, increased from 47 per cent in 2013 to 50 per cent in 2016, while trust in the innovation agency Tekes increased from 49 per cent to 50 per cent. However, trust in the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland—which earlier this year came under fire for allegedly covering up an incident of one of its researchers faking research results—dropped from 62 per cent in 2013 to 59 per cent this year.

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