The Finnish population is ageing rapidly. We already have the greatest shortage of highly educated workers in the OECD countries. For a long time, the education level of young adults in Finland has remained unchanged. At the same time, it has risen in many other countries we consider our peers. In order to maintain a well-functioning welfare society, work productivity must increase, which requires more people with higher education. Education is also an effective way to prevent inequality. With high-quality education, we can attract international students and researchers to Finland. European University Association’s (EUA) Public Funding Observatory has shown that Finland’s public funding for universities decreased consistently in relation to GDP during the last decade. In other Nordic countries, funding grew more than GDP. Therefore, we must:
- Increase public funding for universities in relation to the number of students and the development of GDP so that it follows the same upward trend as in our peer countries.
- Fully finance the increased intake of students by increasing the core funding of universities.
- Assign separate resources for the reform and implementation of continuous learning.
- Better attract and support the integration of international students and researchers
- Further develop the roles of universities and universities of applied sciences according to their respective profiles and with an emphasis on their mutually supportive strengths.