University cooperation boosts art research in Helsinki

The cooperation will also lead to the establishment of two joint professorships.​

The University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) and the University of Helsinki are launching closer cooperation in the research of art and culture. The multidisciplinary cooperation will solidify the position of the entire Helsinki region as an internationally high-profile research hub in the fields of art and culture. 

The closer cooperation will also lead to the establishment of two joint professorships between Uniarts Helsinki and the University of Helsinki. The objective is to set up the professorships by the end of 2018 and recruit top experts working in the field of art research to fill the positions.

One of the fixed-term professorships will focus on the research of art, and it will be established at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Helsinki. The other professorship is set to be based at Uniarts Helsinki, where the focus will be on the research of artistic processes and practices. The universities hope to take advantage of each other’s strengths in developing their research and teaching environments.

– Our goal is to strengthen Uniarts Helsinki’s profile as a high-quality research environment with extensive networks. Engaging in cooperation with the University of Helsinki is an essential part of this work, says Lauri Väkevä, Uniarts Helsinki’s vice rector for research.

– We wish to elevate the visibility of research of arts in Finland and foster inviting research and teaching environments, even by international standards. Launching this new cooperation will help students make use of both of the universities’ teaching and research expertise in the arts more flexibly and on a wider scale, says Hanna Snellman, dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Helsinki.

One of the reasons for the cooperation is that the universities are motivated to participate in the ongoing structural development of the Finnish university sector. For example, in a report concerning the structural development of art disciplines that was commissioned by Universities Finland UNIFI, it was suggested that Uniarts Helsinki and the University of Helsinki would increase their cooperation in the research of arts and culture and make a more distinct separation between each of their roles and responsibilities.

Representatives of Uniarts Helsinki and the University of Helsinki signed the cooperation agreement on 30 October 2017 at the University of Helsinki. 

More information:

Lauri Väkevä, vice rector of Uniarts Helsinki, tel. 040 7104 317,  
Hanna Snellman, dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Helsinki, tel. 02 941 22621,