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Social Work Visions from Around the Globe by Anneli Pohjola, Pirkko-Liisa Ranhalon, Teppo Kroger, Anna Metten

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Opening Remarks, 1 July 2001, Tampere

Jorma Sipilä

Ladies and gentlemen,

I am delighted to be here to welcome you to the University of Tampere. I think that our university and the City of Tampere in July offer a fine setting to discuss the subjects of this conference.

Our university is one of the larger universities in Finland (large in this case means 14,000 students) with an emphasis on the social sciences and their applications. The university has a 75-year history in which social welfare, social work, and social policy have been the main disciplines since the beginning. In the 1970s a medical faculty was established with a specialisation in public health care. Collaboration between social work and health sciences is becoming more important ...

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