Prof Peeter Müürsepp is a visiting Fellow at the University of Helsinki
Peeter Müürsepp, the director of the Department of International Relations is working as a visiting Fellow at Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (HCAS) in the fall semester of 2013/2014.
HCAS is an independent research institute within the University of Helsinki which was established in 2001. It endeavors to enhance scholarly excellence and interdisciplinary dialogue within the humanities and social sciences. The mission of HCAS is to initiate interdisciplinary ideas; therefore the presence of researchers with different backgrounds of humanities and social sciences, such as philosophers, sociologists, historians, economists etc., is highly appreciated. In addition to the administrative staff, the Collegium includes permanent academic staff that works for a three year period. However, the visiting fellows who have been invited in the framework of special programs comprise the majority of the HCAS staff. The competition for visiting fellowship in HCAS is severe and the Collegium can meet about 4% of all the applications. The fellowship applications are evaluated by an international Academic Advisory Board which includes seventeen distinguished scholars.
Analogous research institutions within universities, or sometimes the fully independent ones are very common in the academic world. The fist one of the kind was established within the University of Princeton at the times when such coryphaei as Albert Einstein, Kurt Gödel and John von Neumann worked there.
On the photo HCAS academic staff from September 2, 2013. Full-time and visiting researchers, photographer Veikko Somerpuro