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22.5.2020 11:24

Tapio Koivu appointed Vice Rector for Education

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The University Board of Directors of the University of Oulu has elected Tapio Koivu, Ph.D., as the new Vice Rector for Education for the period 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2025.

Koivu works now as CEO of the Finnish Science Centre Foundation, where he has been responsible for e.g. the strategy and management of the Science Centre Heureka and the Foundation's subsidiaries. Koivu has previously worked at the University of Helsinki as the Director of Research Affairs and at the Technology Research Center VTT Oy in various positions in Finland and the United States.

Eight people applied for the position, and three of them were interviewed by a recruitment group set up by the university board.

"Of the very good applicants with different competence and personal profiles, the University Board elected Tapio Koivu for the next Vice Rector's term especially due to his diverse management experience and evidence of change management," says Sakari Kallo, Chairman of the Board of the University of Oulu.

Based on the interviews conducted, the recruitment group assessed Koivu's views on degree education, continuous learning and the development of student experience to be well in line with the goals of the University of Oulu.

“University education is going through a strong transition. Our education activities must be developed to become more and more attractive and productive. It is great to get Tapio Koivu to be part of the university's management team to lead the education development program,” says the university's Rector Jouko Niinimäki.

“At the same time, I would also like to warmly thank Helka-Liisa Hentilä for her dedicated work in developing education and especially for implementing a major degree program reform during her term as Vice Rector. Helka has taken forward the student-centered perspective of education and listening to student feedback in developing the quality of education. We will continue to stick to this in the future as well,” adds Rector Jouko Niinimäki.

In accordance with the university's strategy, the key development themes for the forthcoming vice-rector's term will be to expand the educational offer, especially in continuous learning, to increase the digital learning opportunities and to develop the student experience.

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