Bridging the gender divide?

“Finland’s university sector is preparing for its biggest shake up in decades, including a number of university mergers that could alter the gender divide. A merger between Helsinki University of Technology (HUT), Helsinki School of Economics and the University of Art and Design is to be Finland’s tilt at establishing a ‘world class university’. The new institution will receive more state funding than other Finnish universities and have a different governance structure. This is not the only merger proposed within the higher education sector but it is the one that has created the most interest. The system restructuring takes effect from 1 January next year. There has been considerable interest in the progress of the new university, initially as to its name. Following a period of being known as the ‘innovative university’, its official name became Aalto University in May 2008, after Finland’s greatest 20th century architect Alvar Aalto …” (more)

[Ian Dobson, University World News, 1 February]

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