Keijo Hämäläinen, vice-rector of the University of Helsinki, has been appointed rector of the University of Jyväskylä.
Hämäläinen is a former physics professor at the University of Helsinki and holds several positions in national and international organisations. He is chairman of the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, a member of the Finnish research infrastructure committee at the Academy of Finland and a member of the board of the European Synchotron Radiation Facility.
“It is great to return to my home region to lead an excellent university and, through my experiences, provide new perspectives for its development,” Hämäläinen said in a statement on 3 April. “I hope that I am able to make use of networks created in my previous positions to strengthen the University of Jyväskylä’s position among Finnish higher education institutions.”