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Nokia Foundation recognizes Professor Maija Aksela from the University of Helsinki, for her achievements in development of education in mathematics, natural sciences and technology.
High-quality expertise in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is the basis for technological development and future innovation and is central to Finland’s future prosperity and wellbeing. Teachers have a vital role to play in inspiring and enabling the next generation to pursue their studies in these fields.
Maija Aksela is Finland’s first professor of science education. She has more than 35 years of experience in the development of teaching and teacher training in STEM subjects as well as new and inspiring teaching methods. Nokia Foundation recognizes the outstanding achievements of Professor Maija Aksela in the development of education in mathematics, natural sciences and technology. Of special merit we wish to note her contributions to the LUMA Centre at the University of Helsinki which was established almost 20 years ago to promote the teaching and learning of mathematics, science and technology among pupils, students and teachers.