ESPOO, Finland, Jan. 19, 2021 (Press Release) -Metsä Group and the University of Helsinki have entered into a partnership agreement for co-operation in academic research and teaching of developing and responsible forest industry. The aim is to effectively bring together the latest scientific knowledge and business needs.
The objectives of the co-operation are to ensure future skills and the employability of experts, to solve technological and sustainable development related challenges, and to promote sustainable forestry by supporting the production and application of new research data.
“We want to work together to develop solutions for the sustainable use of renewable resources. In the spirit of continuous learning, we will strengthen our skills and abilities and better integrate students into our co-operation,” comments Ilkka Hämälä, President and CEO of Metsä Group.
Through active co-operation, students' thesis and internship opportunities at Metsä Group will be improved and co-operation related to teaching between the university and Metsä Group's experts will be deepened. Training opportunities related to Metsä Group's personnel’s development are also being considered as part of the partnership.
Research collaboration is carried out on a long-term and coordinated basis as separate project entities. Research in the framework of the collaboration will focus on sustainable forestry, ionic fluids and circular chemistry, as well as food packaging.
“Together with Metsä Group, we want to create new knowledge, strengthen our expertise and train future experts who support our society's ability to solve sustainability challenges. The conclusion of the agreement is part of the university's new strategy, which states that the university wants to be a pioneer in responsibility and sustainability and to promote business cooperation and innovation. Long-term business partnerships are a good tool here,” says Sari Lindblom, Rector of the University of Helsinki.
Photo: Veikko Somerpuro. Anne Toppinen, Director of HELSUS Institute for Sustainable Science (on the left), Ilkka Hämälä, President and CEO of Metsä Group, and Sari Lindblom, Rector, the Univeristy of Helsinki announced the partnership agreement at Tiedekulma.
Metsä Group is a forerunner in sustainable bioeconomy utilising renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. Metsä Group focuses on wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards and tissue and greaseproof papers.
In 2019, Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 5.5 billion, and it employs approximately 9,300 people. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and is owned by approximately 100,000 Finnish forest owners.