University of Jyväskylä

Marja-Leena Laakso and Henrik Kunttu appointed as the vice rectors of the University of Jyväskylä

Rector Keijo Hämäläinen has appointed Dean Marja-Leena Laakso and Dean Henrik Kunttu as the new vice rectors of the University of Jyväskylä.

Marja-Leena LaaksoMarja-Leena Laakso, Professor of Early Childhood Education, will serve as the vice rector responsible for education and as the deputy of the Rector. Laakso has worked as the dean of the Faculty of Education from 1 January 2014 (as of the beginning of 2017, the Faculty of Education and Psychology). Laakso completed her doctoral degree at the University of Jyväskylä in 1999 and has been a professor from 2006. Her professorship has focused on the research of childhood and developmental psychology. Before this she has worked in teaching and research duties, for example, for the Department of Psychology and in the ‘Human Development and Its Risk Factors’ centre of excellence appointed by the Academy of Finland. Laakso has worked actively in scientific communities in the expert duties of education and social welfare and as an organiser of scientific congresses.

Henrik KunttuHenrik Kunttu, Professor of Physical Chemistry, will serve as the vice rector responsible for research and innovation. He has worked as the dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science from 2010 and before that as the head and vice head of the Department of Chemistry 1999–2008. Kunttu graduated as a doctor from the University of Helsinki in 1991 and is a renowned expert of low temperature chemistry and physics and nanophotonics. During the 1980s and the 1990s, Kunttu worked in research positions at the University of Helsinki and the Helsinki University of Technology and for two years as a researcher at the University of California, Irvine. In his various expert duties he has assessed scholarly funding in Finland and abroad and has actively participated in the structural development of the field of natural sciences in Finland.

 −The elect vice rectors are respected professors in the science community and experienced academic leaders. They will have a strong mandate to develop the University in their fields of responsibility. The details of work distribution and the start of the term of office will be agreed in October, says Rector Keijo Hämäläinen.  

The term of office of current vice rectors will end on 30 October 2017. The term of office of the new vice rectors will end on 31 July 2022. In compliance with the University of Jyväskylä Regulations, the Rector decides on the number of vice rectors and their division of work.

Further information:

Rector Keijo Hämäläinen, tel. +358 400 247 435,



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