Atte Jääskeläinen appointed as Professor of Practice
The board of Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) has appointed Mr Atte Jääskeläinen as Professor of Practice as of 1 August 2018. Jääskeläinen, formerly the Editor-in-Chief and Director of News and Current Affairs of the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle and CEO of the Finnish News Agency STT, will be working part-time and until further notice in his position at LUT.
Atte Jääskeläinen, LL.M., is one of the leading figures in the Finnish media and an expert in societal interaction. He is currently a visiting fellow at the Reuters Institute of the University of Oxford and at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
"Atte Jääskeläinen has critically important experience in the business transformation originating from digitalisation and in the change management it requires. His expertise is strongly linked to LUT's strategy and especially to the research carried out at the LUT School of Business and Management (LBM)," relates Rector Juha-Matti Saksa.
LUT has a long history of research on the digitalisation of the media business and its management. Jääskeläinen's skills and role as Professor of Practice directly connect to the current work of several LUT research groups. According to Rector Saksa, Jääskeläinen will significantly support LUT's research in the coming years also internationally.
Jääskeläinen is now a co-director of an international research project studying sustainable future business models for national news agencies in Europe. He has extensive connections to European media. LUT's board believes that Jääskeläinen's experience in societal decision-making in Finland and in managing major changes triggered by digitalisation is valuable to the university.
"LUT shows an extraordinary blend of ambition and hard work. It is inspiring to join a community that wants to demonstrate through its actions that they are willing and able to achieve a world-class standing and that problems are made to be solved. That is the spirit I want to be a part of and contribute to," says Jääskeläinen.
The other Professors of Practice at Lappeenranta University of Technology are Anssi Vanjoki, Professor, Pekka Sutela, Researcher, and Seppo Remes, expert in Russia-related affairs.. High-level experts in a practical field such as industries or the public sector may be appointed to the position of Professor of Practice at LUT, bringing expertise and impact to areas vital to the university. The objective is to disseminate and transfer practical information of current interest to develop education, build networks with industries, and strengthen societal relations.
Professor of Practice Atte Jääskeläinen (starting 1 August 2018), +358 40 545 4782, atte.jaaskelainen(at)gtc.ox.ac.uk
Chair of the LUT Board Tuomo Rönkkö, +358 50 387 6120, tuomo.ronkko(at)tejusa.fi
Rector Juha-Matti Saksa, +358 400 166659, juha-matti.saksa(at)lut.fi