Metso is donating a total of EUR 1 million to Tampere University of Technology, Aalto University and the University of Oulu to support Finnish scientific research and its application in practice.

“The opportunity for continuous, varied scientific research work in cooperation between universities, companies and other parties is essential for building a sustainable future,” said Matti Kähkönen, president and CEO, Metso. “It is also of utmost importance that universities’ training programs produce top experts with knowledge and skills that promote companies’ ability to renew and succeed.

“Through our donation, we want to support universities representing branches of science important to us in their ability to offer internationally competitive scientific research and education.”

This EUR 1 million donation is a part of the program for the centenary of Finland’s independence. Education and applied research at these three Finnish universities in the fields of minerals, materials technology, mechanical engineering and design are also central success factors in Metso’s international business.

“Tampere University of Technology has carried out long-term research and product development in cooperation with Metso in several fields, including materials technology, mechanical and production engineering and hydraulics,” said Mika Hannula, president of Tampere University of Technology.

“Metso has engaged in close cooperation with all Aalto University Schools,” said Tuula Teeri, president of Aalto University. “In addition to materials technology, mechanical engineering and business and economics, important and topical areas for us both include design, digitalization and the Internet of Things.”

“We highly value our partnership with Metso,” said Jouko Niinimäki, president of the University of Oulu. “We share the same objectives and values, which include the sustainable utilization of natural resources and the search for innovations. Interfaces for cooperation can be found in several branches of science. We have trained many experts working in key positions at Metso, and even now, our students are training and working on thesis projects at the company.”