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Heikki Holopainen Appointed Executive Director of Unifi

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M.Soc.Sc. Heikki Holopainen has been appointed as the Executive Director of the Rectors’ Council of Finnish Universities. He will start in the position on October 23, 2023.

Heikki Holopainen has extensive experience in higher education and research policy in Finland and in the EU. He currently works at Finnish Education Employers (FEE) as Manager for Higher Education and Internationalization. In his previous position as the Chief Policy Adviser, he was in charge of research and higher education policy as well as coordination of EU affairs. In 2010-14, Holopainen was Manager for EU Affairs at the Research Council of Finland. Since 2018, he has served as the Vice-President of EFEE (European Federation of Education Employers).

– We are very pleased to have Heikki Holopainen lead Unifi. He brings with him to Unifi a solid and broad understanding of our sector, as well as his comprehensive networks in Finland and internationally. This will strengthen Unifi’s readiness and ability to advance the promotion and renewal of high-quality university education and internationally competitive research and innovations based on it, says Unifi’s Chair of the Board Jukka Kola.

– Unifi is the most important cooperation forum for universities and a leading player in higher education and science policy. I have collaborated closely with Unifi for a long time, and I look forward to working for education, science and research, and bildung together with the university leadership and Unifi’s experienced and highly professional team, says Heikki Holopainen.

More information:

Chair of the Board Jukka Kola, puh 029 450 5050 and Heikki Holopainen, puh 0400 639 331


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