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Russian–Finnish collaboration in tax law education and research

A new collaborative project in tax law education and research begins between two Russian and two Finnish universities. The partners are Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, St Petersburg University, the University of Eastern Finland, and the University of Lapland. The aim of the project is to strengthen existing forms of collaboration and to create new operating models for collaboration in education and research, networking, staff and student mobility, and university-business interaction.

In practice, the project will include, for example, on-site campus teaching and research, online teaching and research, and a variety of seminars that students can attend both online and physically across university boundaries. The aim is to create networks between both teachers and students. Collaboration initiated in the project is expected to continue as part of the partners’ standard collaboration in education and research.

“We know that several tax law courses have similar subject areas that could be taught in collaboration with universities. For example, there are clear common themes in international tax law and legal comparison, where co-teaching enables interesting possibilities. This is a possibility both for students and teachers”, says project manager, Senior Lecturer Mika Nissinen and Professor Marianne Malmgrén.

Educational collaboration also offers students the opportunity to become part of a genuinely international community through their own university – without an actual student exchange. Nevertheless, the project also seeks to support the mobility of tax law students between the partner universities, as well as to create permanent mobility schemes for students of tax law.

Another purpose of the project is to create a basis for student collaboration with working life, as business collaboration will continue to play an important role between the neighbouring countries Russia and Finland. The project also aims to find partners from both business and academia who would be willing to work together in various areas of tax law education and research.  

The 2.5 year project has received funding from the Team Finland Knowledge programme (Finnish National Agency for Education). 

For further information, please contact: 

Mika Nissinen, Senior Lecturer, University of Eastern Finland,

Marianne Malmgrén, Professor, University of Eastern Finland,