Today, as I’m writing this post, it’s been exactly 70 years since the Invasion of Normandy. Reflections from that day are still present in the society we live in today. The Invasion of Normandy led to the collapse of Nazi Germany, and various courses development and different reasons also led to the collapse of one the era’s other dictatorships, Soviet Union, at the turn of the 1990s.
The end of World War II laid the foundations for a new Europe, which is based on mutual trust and peaceful coexistence. Later on, the principle of free movement became an integral part of the new Europe. This has also been significant to universities. Today, we take the free movement of researchers – and the highest level of knowledge they represent – for granted. This might not be the case, had the development of democracy in the West followed another course. The great scientific breakthroughs witnessed over the past few decades and the emergence of the information society are consequences of this democratic development.
In my opinion, it is extremely important that tolerance towards different cultures and ethnic groups has gained permanent footing. International cooperation is an asset everywhere, including here in Finland. As part of this idea, the University of Eastern Finland wants to be, as defined in its strategy, an international, multidisciplinary and student-centered university. By opening our doors to everyone, we’ll achieve the best results.