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Salminen chosen Helsinki University´s Alumnus of the Year

Published : 21 Nov 2020, 00:47

Updated : 21 Nov 2020, 10:34

  DF Report

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Mika Salminen.Photo: THL

The Helsinki University Alumni Association has chosen Mika Salminen, the director of Health Security at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (Terveyden ja hyvinvoinninlaitos, THL), as Alumnus of the Year 2021, said the university in a press release.

As the Alumnus of the Year, Salminen intends to speak at least about the importance of observing the impact of restrictions on the society as a whole in the midst of the corona pandemic.

The sense of proportion is easily lost in the middle of a crisis. Some of the elderly take the warnings so literally that they do not go out at all. That’s when their condition will collapse and become dangerously weak.

The Alumnus of the Year is a positive ambassador for the University of Helsinki. A person who with his or her activities has provided support to the principles of the University of Helsinki and to the appreciation of academic education and boosted the academic spirit of Helsinki is annually chosen for the task.

Born in 1965, Salminen started studying microbiology at the Faculty of Science of the University of Helsinki in 1984 and widely studied biochemistry and genetics as minor subjects.