LUT University delegates posing for a group photo in front of the Duke Chapel

LUT University Delegation Visits Duke

The Finnish university seeks to expand partnerships in the United States

-By Charles Givens

March 11, 2024

On March 5, 2024, a delegation from LUT University in Finland visited Duke University to discuss research and education collaborations.

The Office of Global Affairs arranged a meeting with the 13 representatives from LUT University with Russ Morgan, Associate Professor of the Practice of Marketing at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, and Jerome Lynch, Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering. Discussions centered on potential joint research projects and educational initiatives, particularly in areas of technology, business and engineering.

LUT University delegates meeting with Duke administrators in the Allen Building Board Room
LUT University delegates meeting with Duke administrators in the Allen Building Board Room (Photo credit: Katherine Black)

“We had a wonderful visit with the team from LUT University who brought such positive energy to Duke,” said Katherine Black, International Programs Manager for the Office of Global Affairs. “The meeting really seemed to be a nice cultivator of conversation and potential collaboration.”

This visit comes at a time when Finnish companies like ABB, Valmet and Kempower, all research partners of LUT, are establishing themselves in North Carolina. LUT University sees this as a natural fit to seek out collaboration with universities in the area. Additionally, Finland’s recent accession to NATO is expected to open doors for further partnerships between the two countries.

LUT University Delegation

Mrs. Teresa Kemppi-Vasama, Chair of the Board, LUT University

Dr. Juha-Matti Saksa, Rector, LUT University

Dr. Turo Kilpeläinen, President and CEO of LAB University of Applied Sciences

Professor Jari Hämäläinen, Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation

Professor Jaana Sandström, Vice-Rector for Education

Professor Truus Poels, Vice-Rector, Human Resource Development

Ms. Anne Lankinen, Director of Administrative Services

Ms. Riikka Sund, Director, Governance and Risk Management

Professor Mari Kallioinen-Mänttäri, Dean of LUT School of Engineering Sciences

Professor Sami Saarenketo, Dean of LUT School of Business

Professor Olli Pyrhönen, Dean of LUT School of Energy Systems

Kaija Ryösö, Public Affairs Officer

Janne Hokkanen, Strategy Director