The University of Eastern Finland joins OLH LPS model

Posted by Paula Clemente Vega on 13 May 2020

We are very pleased to announce that the University of Eastern Finland has joined the Open Library of Humanities' Library Partnership Subsidy system. The University of Eastern Finland is one of the largest universities in Finland. It was founded in 2010 by a merger of two previously independent universities, the University of Joensuu and the University of Kuopio. UEF is one of the leading multidisciplinary Finish universities, as well as an university that is internationally recognised for its state-of-the-art research. The university’s key interdisciplinary research areas are built around four global challenges: ageing, lifestyles and health; Learning in a digitised society; Cultural encounters, mobilities and borders; and Environmental change and sufficiency of natural resources. The University offers teaching in more than 100 major subjects spread across its four faculties: the Philosophical Faculty, the Faculty of Science and Forestry, the Faculty of Health Sciences, and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies. UEF’s annual student intake is approximately 2,200 and the university attracts nearly 9,500 applications for admission every year. 

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Paula Clemente Vega, Marketing Officer for the Open Library of Humanities, welcomed the University of Eastern Finland: “We are pleased to welcome our second Finnish university as member of our library board. The current terrible global pandemic gives new urgency to the cause of open access and open science, as open sharing becomes critical for the dissemination and advancement of research. Within this framework, the devising of new and more affordable models for open access becomes crucial. With the help of the University of Eastern Finland, we will continue to support and extend open access to scholarship in the humanities with neither author-facing, nor reader-facing charges.”

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