Fundraising and the Changing Universities - Seminar in Helsinki 9.11.2009

  • The Ministry of Education, Finnish Council of University Rectors and the Finnish Institute in London organised a November seminar in Helsinki focusing on university funding and its future possibilities.

    The seminar speakers included rector Matti Uusitupa from the Finnish Council of University Rectors, director Anita Lehikoinen from the Ministry of Education and Paavo Hohti, managing director of the Council of Finnish Foundations.

    Campaign chair for Hanken Alumni Björn Wahlroos spoke about the importance of private philantropy culture in Finland. The international guest speaker Joanna Motion, vice president of CASE international operations, (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) focused on the topic of international philantropy culture and its many possibilities.

    The seminar concluded with a panel discussion about the future of fundraising in Finnish universities.

    "There are challenges with fundraising for universities, but the future looks bright. Through the partnership of the government, foundations and alumni Finnish universities will be amongst the very best in the word", says the chair of the panel discussion, Antti Karjalainen from the Finnish Institute.