The Network for Higher Education and Innovation Research (HEINE) was established in 2009 to bolster research in science and innovation, higher education and economics of education at the University of Helsinki. The objective of the network was to produce research-based knowledge that could be utilised in areas such as lifelong learning and societal interaction, and to add value to the university by starting new interdisciplinary research projects. The goal was to establish a profile as a national agent that unified the fields of higher education and innovation research, as well as to evolve into an internationally recognised expert and research community by the year 2020.
The core of the network comprised four units and research areas:
- Helsinki Center of Economic Research (HECER)
- Higher Education Governance and Management (HEGOM)
- Helsinki Institute of Science and Technology Studies (HIST)
- Centre for Research and Development of Higher Education (YTY)
Although the Network’s activity was both extensive and productive, the network has not added value as much as had been expected and multidisciplinary projects were not established to the extent anticipated. Therefore the HEINE network is to be disestablished on 31.12.2012 (University of Helsinki Rector’s decision 175/2012). The research areas involved in the network will continue their operations and co-operation within their own disciplinary areas.
The network’s administration and HEGOM will move to new premises in the Faculty of Social Sciences on 10.10.2012. The new address will be Unioninkatu 37 (P.O. Box 54). Telephone numbers will remain the same.
Further information: Professor Timo Aarrevaara (HEGOM), 050 415 5402, email@example.com