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Anna Mauranen

Anna Mauranen
Born August 31, 1949, Helsinki.

Doctor of Philosophy (English Linguistics), 1992, University of Birmingham
Master of Arts (English Philology, General Linguistics, Psychology), 1979, University of Helsinki

Vice-rector, University of Helsinki, 2014-

Dean, 2010–14 and Vice-Dean, 2007–09, Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki
Director, Department of Languages and Translation, University of Tampere, 2001–05
Professor of English, University of Helsinki, 2005-
Visiting Professor, Copenhagen Business School, 2010
Professor of English, University of Tampere, 1999–2005
Professor of English Language and Translation, University of Joensuu, 1995–99

Research interests
English as a lingua franca, language theory

Publications, research projects and other academic activities

Photo: Veikko Somerpuro
Author: Suvi Uotinen
Translation: John Calton

Playing to our strengths

As vice-rector Anna Mauranen has a broad remit – international relations, engagement with society, personnel policy, academic quality assurance and library and premises issues. And of course she stands in for the rector.

“This is a good array of responsibilities because they’re all essentially linked,” Mauranen points out.

She is still on the lookout for new forms of knowledge transfer.

“Think Corner is a great example of new ways to bring knowledge to the fore. Going forward we have to get more and more people along, for example, telling us what they think the academy should be investigating."

And it’s just now, with the transition between parliaments and government in Finland, that the University has a key societal role with regard to the political decision-makers.

Mauranen is particularly keen to raise the international profile of Finland, Helsinki and the University. The strengths in the University of Helsinki’s research should be made more visible still.

“We have plenty to offer when it comes to attracting international researchers to Helsinki, but our strengths are still not sufficiently known about.

Mauranen concedes that there is some ground for optimism: the recent Times Higher Education Supplement’s World Reputation Ranking placed the University firmly back in the top hundred universities in the world.

A good example of raising the international recognition of the University came last autumn with a visit to Beijing: the University of Helsinki’s research was promoted in a week-long campaign focusing on four main research areas. With its megacities China is interested for example in the atmospheric particle studies conducted in the University.

And as for societal responsibility, the same applies to some degree: not all of the University’s activities are generally known. For example, there’s plenty of research going on in the University to promote good environmental stewardship.

The University of Helsinki presents its research in Beijing in autumn 2014. Anna Mauranen at the main "Science in dialogue" event.​
The University of Helsinki presents its research in Beijing in autumn 2014. Anna Mauranen at the main "Science in dialogue" event.​


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