Finnish professorial apparatus functions efficiently

According to an evaluation of the sport sciences in the Nordic countries, Finnish sport-sciences researchers have nothing to shed tears over. The general impression is strongly positive right down the line. Here in Finland, a good result is being produced, further, in spite of the small number of senior positions, writes editor Pasi Koski in Liikunta & Tiede magazine.

Finland has fewer professorships that concentrate on the sport sciences than the other Nordic countries do, if one doesn't take into account Iceland, which belongs to a different category in terms of population.

Compared to Norway and Sweden, this factor stands out especially in the small number of academic positions in the social and behavioural sciences. In both of those countries, the corps of professors in that field includes, according to the evaluation materials, more than 20 chair-holders, while in Finland nine experts attend to the responsibility. Further, in Finland the number of postgraduate students per professor, in the entire field of sport sciences, is three times the figure in Norway, for example.

From the society's standpoint, one can justifiably view today's greatest challenges in sport research specifically as being cultural, structural, and related to human behaviour. Because of national conditions and distinctive national features, it is not sensible to function purely on the strength of the international contribution, either.

Measured in terms of the volume of publications, the assessment's figures are, from Finland's standpoint, better than in many sports. If the abundance of output is proportioned to the aforementioned number of positions, we are nothing less than superior.