Sosnet - Finnish National University Network for Social Work
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Sosnet is a university network that comprises the six universities in Finland with social work degree programme in social work:

  • University of Helsinki
  • University of Eastern Finland
  • University of Jyväskylä
  • University of Lapland
  • University of Tampere
  • University of Turku

The university network works nationally to organize specialisation programmes and doctoral education in social work and to promote cooperation in BA and MA level education between universities in Finland.

The establisment of the network is based on a cooperation agreement signed by the six member universities. Sosnet was founded in 1999.

The university network works nationally to organize specialisation programmes and doctoral education in social work and to promote cooperation in BA and MA level education between universities in Finland. Sosnet enhances cooperation, university specific profiling, and a reasonable division of work between universities. Its purpose is to anticipate key qualitative, quantitative, and content-related aspects of training.

Sosnet is an important actor in the field of social welfare and social work in Finland. The network represents social work units as a common voice of social work education and research in matters concerning social work.

Organization

Sosnet's organization consists of a chair of board, a director of the coordinating university, a board and various operational committees, and administrative staff.

Social work professors and university lecturers in Sosnet universities teach in online courses and take responsibility of teaching in specialisation programmes and doctoral education.

Chair of Board
Professor Ilse Julkunen
University of Helsinki
ilse.julkunen(a)helsinki.fi

Director of the coordinator university

Professor Timo Harrikari
University of Lapland
Faculty of Social Sciences
BOX 122, 96101 ROVANIEMI
timo.harrikari(a)ulapland.fi

Administrative Staff

Network Coordinator
MScS, MA Sanna Lähteinen
University of Lapland
BOX 122, 96101 ROVANIEMI
tel. +35840849 3033
forename.lastname@ulapland.fi

Coordinator of collaborative studies
MScS Mari Suonio
University of Eastern Finland
Department of Social Sciences
BOX 1627, 70211 KUOPIO
tel. +358-40-528 0499
forename.lastname@uef.fi