Helsinki partnership builds European links

The University has reinforced its commitment to collaborating with leading European universities by announcing a partnership with the University of Helsinki.

Leaders from both institutions have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) which will focus on human genomics and forestry.

Edinburgh and Helsinki will offer four PhD positions in both disciplines. Researchers will spend two years in each institution.

Helsinki’s Rector, Professor Jari Niemelä, signed the MoA with Edinburgh Vice Principal Professor Jonathan Seckl.

Human genomics and forestry

Both universities have a record of expertise and world-class research in human genomics and forestry.  

The agreement builds upon an existing relationship between researchers from Helsinki and Edinburgh Genomics – one of the leading genomics facilities in Europe. The partnership will focus on the cause of diseases and indicate new treatments.

Collaboration will also take place between Finnish researchers and Edinburgh’s Centre for Sustainable Forests and Landscapes. The Centre addresses the major challenges in forest sustainability and landscape management.

European partnerships

Edinburgh remains committed to playing a strong role in European research and innovation collaborations.

Thirty per cent of the University’s research outputs are authored with European partners.

The signing is the third in a series of MoAs that have been announced with key international institutions, following agreements with the University of Amsterdam and University College Dublin.

Collaboration is at the heart of everything the University does as an institution. No university can have all the answers alone, so building deep partnerships with other leading universities enables a better opportunity to discover new knowledge and develop innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Stronger links with our colleagues in Helsinki will offer new opportunities for students and staff alike to solve major global challenges.

Professor Jonathan SecklVice-Principal, the University of Edinburgh

We are excited to start this strategic collaboration. Creating joint positions for doctoral candidates is an excellent way to forge strong connections between researchers and research groups at the two universities.

Professor Jari Niemelä Rector, the University of Helsinki


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