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Strengthening the cooperation between the MUG and the UH


The Medical University of Gdańsk between 24th and 25th of April 2023 hosted Prof. Ravi Kant from the University of Helsinki. Professor Kant is a member of the Viral Zoonoses Research Unit and represented the Helsinki partners at the meeting. The aim of the visit was to strengthen cooperation between the units by signing a letter of intent between the MUG and the Viral Zoonoses Research Unit.

The letter of intent was signed by Prof. Michał Markuszewski, Vice-Rector for Science of the MUG, and prof. Tarja Sironen, director of the Helsinki One Health program, Deputy-Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the UH.


from the left: Prof. Michał Markuszewski, Prof. Ravi Kant

Participants of the meeting discussed the plan for joint applications for international grants in the Horizon and European Research Council programs. Moreover, the discussion focused on the future exchange of academic staff and the joint organization of educational courses for students of both universities.

Our University was represented by: Prof. Michał Markuszewski, Vice-Rector for Science, Prof. Tomasz Bączek, Rector’s plenipotentary for the Excellence Initiative – Research University Program, Dr. Habil. Anna Lass, Assoc. Prof., Head of the Division of Tropical Parasitology. The prime mover of the meeting was Dr. Habil. Maciej Grzybek, Assoc. Prof. from the Division of Tropical Parasitology, Rector’s Plenipotentary for the Development of the Institute of Maritime and Tropical Medicine, and collaborator of the Viral Zoonoses Research Unit in Helsinki.


from the left: Dr. Habil. Anna Lass, Assoc. Prof.; Prof. Michał Markuszewski; Prof. Ravi Kant; Dr. Habil. Maciej Grzybek, Assoc. Prof.; Prof. Tomasz Bączek

The University of Helsinki is a world-class higher education institution located in Helsinki, Finland. Its academic community is over 40,000 students and employees. The university is spread over 4 campuses and has units in 9 other cities in Finland. The university has 11 faculties with many departments. It also has several independent research institutes, multidisciplinary research networks, and field stations (e.g. a research station in Kenya). In the latest Shanghai Ranking (2022) the University of Helsinki was ranked 92nd in the world, 42nd in Europe (Times Higher Education Ranking, 2023) and 1st in Finland.

photo by Paweł Sudara/MUG