‘Becoming a European leader through openness’ election panel to be organised on 28 March

CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd., Universities Finland (UNIFI), the Rectors' Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (Arene) and European Movement Finland organise a panel discussion focusing on research and education politics at Eurooppasali in Helsinki (Malminkatu 16) on Thursday 28 March, 8.30am onwards.

At the event, candidates representing different parties in the Finnish parliamentary election will be challenged to think about how Finland could become a European leader of education and research through openness. There will be discussion on the hot topics of this spring's elections, such as the international dimension, open science, continuous learning, higher education as a platform, RDI investments and repatriation of EU funds. The panel will encourage discussion on what our national focus should be in order to make Finland an active pioneer in these matters in the European Union.

The panellists include Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen (Centre Party), Member of Parliament Pilvi Torsti (Social Democratic Party), PhD Researcher, Master of Social Sciences and Subject Teacher Mervi Katainen (National Coalition Party), Member of Parliament Jyrki Kasvi (Green Party), and Local Councillor, Vice Chair of Left Alliance and Youth Researcher Veronika Honkasalo. The event will be hosted by media multi-talent Jan Erola.

The election panel is a continuation of CSC's, UNIFI's and Arene's Government Programme objectives. Research, a high standard of education and competence can be seen as vital elements in sustainable growth and well-being.

– CSC approaches these topics from the perspective of digitalisation, which should be understood as a cross-cutting theme in societal discussion and decision-making. Digitalisation is an important enabling factor for research, education and competitiveness, says Managing Director Kimmo Koski from CSC.

CSC's objectives for the Government Programme (in Finnish)

Arene's objectives for the Government Programme (in Finnish)

UNIFI's objectives for the Government Programme (in Finnish)

Further information on the event:

Miia Lindell

CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd
tel. +358 50 381 285

Anna Humalamäki

Universities Finland (UNIFI)
tel. +358 50 501 0559

Petri Lempinen

Managing Director
tel. +358 40 766 7805

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