Higher education and research policy programme
The current Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers higher education and research policy programme comprises various objectives our union wishes to promote over its coming years of activity. In terms of union activities, the programme is situated in between the electoral goals for the 2019 parliamentary elections drafted together with the Finnish Union of University Professors and the Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers’ own action plan. Compared with the 2019 electoral goals, the higher education and research policy programme is a larger set of objectives, as it comprises themes that our union aims to promote together with both political decision-makers and other higher education and research policy organisations such as the Academy of Finland and Finnish universities.
The electoral goals concerning higher education and research policy drafted with the Finnish Union of University Professors outline three main issues in the Finnish university and research sector: (1) Insufficient public funding, problems and a negative trend in research funding, (2) the university community has fewer opportunities to participate and have an influence, and (3) appreciation of higher education and research is not evident in political decision-making.
The Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers higher education and research policy programme seeks solutions to the issues listed above. Our objective is to ensure better operational conditions for Finnish higher education and research activities and thereby help achieve an internationally high level of research and education; to improve staff well-being at higher education and research institutes, including the well-being of grant-funded researchers; to promote the appreciation of scientific knowledge and higher education in the Finnish society and in decision-making, as well as the acknowledgement of Finland as a country of high-level expertise, quality research and research-based decision-making.
The higher education and scientific policy programme has been approved in the fall (1.12.) 2018 union meeting, and its role is to steer the Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers’ activities and core objectives for the years 2019–2023.