University of Jyväskylä

Decision-making in faculties to benefit from external perspectives

In the future, the faculties of the University of Jyväskylä will benefit from external perspectives in their decision-making. In accordance with the renewed University of Jyväskylä Regulations, each faculty council must call two members from outside the University. One of the two external members can be from another faculty or an independent institute of the University. The Rector names external members upon the proposal of internal members elected for the faculty council. The external members of faculty councils have an advisory role, they are not entitled to vote.

- The renewal enhances interaction and provides a new channel for feedback from surrounding society. This way we can, for example, keep better informed of the needs of the world of work when designing teaching programmes, says Rector Matti Manninen.

The Rector has appointed the following external members for faculty councils:

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 

  • Editorial Journalist Anita Kärki (the Keskisuomalainen newspaper)
  • Head Principal Pekka Ruuskanen (Teacher Training School)

Faculty of Information Technology 

  • Academy Professor Hannu Häkkinen (University of Jyväskylä, Department of Physics) 
  • Docent, Head of Industry Consulting Ari Hirvonen (Tieto)

Faculty of Education and Psychology

  • Service Director, Basic Education Tuija Rasinen (City of Jyväskylä)
  • Chief Physician of Child Psychiatry Kirsi Mustonen (Central Finland Central Hospital)

School of Business and Economics

  •  DSc (Econ.), Managing Director Sanna-Mari Hynninen (Federation of Finnish Enterprises Central Finland)
  • DSc (Econ.), Director Jari Syrjälä (Maintpartner Group)

Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences 

  • Service Director Ari Karimäki (City of Jyväskylä)
  • Director Sami Kalaja (Research Institute for Olympic Sports)

Faculty of Mathematics and Science 

  • Senior Researcher Kristian Meissner (Finnish Environment Institute)
  • Professor Jari Ojala (University of Jyväskylä, Department of History and Ethnology)

Further information: 

Rector Matti Manninen, tel. 040 6800 215,


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