The number of University of Helsinki staff will reduce by approximately 980 by the end of 2017. The University estimates that of these 980, terminations will account for 570. Staff cuts are unavoidable because of the rapid and dramatic reduction in funding, says Rector Jukka Kola. “The University of Helsinki’s rise in rankings among the leading research universities in the world would not have been possible without professional and committed employees. I am deeply sorry that we are forced to let go of competent staff members,” says Kola.