Rector Matti Manninen opened the new academic year in September.

The year 2015 was very productive

The University’s financial and operational result was excellent in 2015. Both in bachelor’s and master’s degrees, the result was the best in this decade. The target was not reached completely in bachelor’s degrees (1,261) but was exceeded in master’s degrees (1,486). Again, the University clearly exceeded its target in doctoral degrees. Among Finnish universities, the University of Jyväskylä has well-profiled fields of study: the University had the most or second most doctoral graduates in five disciplines. The number of international peer-reviewed publications kept growing.

The financial result of the University improved. The large surplus of the financial year, 9.7 million euro, is explained by profits of investments. In addition, the result of actual operations grew to 1.1 million euro. The University succeeded well in the acquisition of competitive funding and the Academy of Finland’s first funding round to strengthen universities’ research profiles. The University managed to decrease its personnel and rental costs. In addition, solvency ratio and liquidity improved. In addition, the profitability of business operations improved. The number of employees remained the same but the amount of person-years decreased slightly.

The Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (FINEEC) audited the quality management system of the University of Jyväskylä and granted the University a qualification valid until 2021.

The University will move to a new organisation structure as of 1 January 2017. The number of faculties will decrease from seven to six. This will be implemented by joining the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy to the Faculty of Humanities, resulting in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and by joining the Department of Psychology to the Faculty of Education which becomes the Faculty of Education and Psychology. The number of departments will decrease: the Faculty of Information Technology will have no departments in the new organisation. The departments of Languages and Communication will be united, as will the departments of Music and Art and Culture Studies. The number of independent institutes will reduce when the University Library and the University Museum are combined to form a new Open Science Centre.

Rector Matti Manninen