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International academics tip 18%

Employees from abroad carry out nearly one fifth of the teaching and research at Finnish universities, a government study has reported.

The study, published by the ministry of education and culture, aims to map the profiles and activities of non-Finnish staff in universities. It found that 18 per cent of teaching and research person-years—meaning the amount of work that one employee completes over one year—was carried out by non-Finnish employees between 2012-14.

Early-career researchers account for about 80 per cent of the work by international employees, the study said, with 6 per cent at the level of professors. The majority of international early-career staff—both PhD students and postdocs—came from Russia, India and China. At the senior-level, the majority came from the UK, Germany and the US.

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