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Jyväskylä and Vaasa lead way on profiling

The universities of Jyväskylä and Vaasa are already implementing the results of their institutional profiling exercise requested by the government, Finland’s national newspaper Helsingin Sanomat has reported.

A year ago, the Finnish research minister Sanni Grahn-Laasonen sent a letter to the country’s higher education institutions urging them to carry out a profiling exercise. The purpose of the exercise was to focus on academic subjects in which they are globally competitive, and scrap weaker ones to save money. The government has taken €50 million from university block grants in 2016 to be redistributed to universities on a competitive basis according to their profiling plans.

On 21 June, the University of Vaasa announced that it would move its language degrees and research to Jyväskylä from 2017—a move that is expected to affect about 700 students and 40 staff. Vaasa’s board also decided on 26 August that it would place more emphasis on industrial management, Helsingin Sanomat reported.

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