Russia Update: How Academic Skills Meet Labour Market?

Finnish-Russian conference “Russia Update: How Academic Skills Meet Labour Market?”

Academic conference on higher education and changing demands of working life, at the University of Helsinki, 27-28 September 2018.

University of Helsinki, Aleksanteri Institute, ExpREES
Saimaa University of Applied Sciences (Saimia)
St. Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON)

Thematic topics:
* Changing University, Changing Work
* Finland and Russia – Cooperation in Any Weather?
* Academic Culture and Labour Issues
* Studies in the Academia: More Good than Harm?
* Perspectives Ahead

To whom?
* Educators in Russian and East European Studies (REES)
* Researchers of REES
* Researchers and teachers in North-West Russian universities
* Master’s Students

Deadline of preregistration ends on Tuesday 25th of September.


Thursday 27 September

Place: Porthania, Lecture Hall “Suomen Laki”, Yliopistonkatu 5, ground floor

11:00-11:30   Opening words

  • Opening of the Conference: Mr. Markku Kivinen, Research Director, Aleksanteri Institute, UHelsinki
  • Greeting of the Partner University: Ms Anneli Pirttilä, Rector and CEO, Saimaa University of Applied Sciences

Item 1. Changing University, Changing Work

11:30-12:00   Where University and Labour Market Meet Today and in Future – Possible Scenarios in Russia and Globally
Ms Sofia Rekord, Professor of World Economy and International Economic Relations, UNECON

12:00-12:30   Finnish Labour Market and Highly Educated People
Ms Anu Tuovinen, Senior Adviser, AKAVA Trade Union Confederation

12:30-13:45   Lunch break

Item 2. Finland and Russia – Cooperation in Any Weather?

13:45-14:15   Russia – A Different Partner?
Mr. Kai Mykkänen, Minister of Interior

14:15-14:45   Russia Seen from the Parliament and a Civic Association
Ms Katri Kulmuni, Member of Parliament, Chairperson of Finland—Russia Society

14:45-15:15   Political Cooperation in the Time of Sanctions
Mr. Pekka Haavisto, MP

15:15-15:45   Coffee break

Item 3. Academic Culture and Labour Issues

15:45-16:15   Similarities and differences in Russian and Finnish academic cultures
Ms Ritva Kosonen, Lic.Phil. Principal Lecturer, Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, Language Centre

16:15-16:45   Labour Rights in Russia
Ms Elena Sychenko, associate professor, Saint-Petersburg State University

16:45-17:15   Game of Jobs – smart application for employees and employers
Mr. Andrey Alexankov, Director, Institute of International Education, UNECON


Friday 28 September

Place: Main Building, Auditorium XIII, 3rd floor, Unioninkatu 34, entrance from the Senate Square

Item 4. Studies in the Academia: More Good than Harm?

09:30-10:00   Applying Academic Skills in Work-Life – Thoughts of a Soon-to-be Graduate
Ms Miila Leisiö, chairperson of the students’ association Sasha, Aleksanteri Institute / Aalto University

10:00-10:30  How a Double-degree Program Helps to Develop Skills for Success in a Modern Job Market Landscape
Ms Maria Kononova, Director of Marketing at Robo. LUT and UNECON Alumna

10:30-11:00   Task and Mission of the University
Mr. Tapani Kaakkuriniemi, Head of Education, UHelsinki

11:00-11:30  Closing Words and Conclusions
Mr. Dmitry Vasilenko, Vice-rector on International Relations, UNECON

11:30-12:30   Lunch for the speakers