Shutdown FAQ

The University of Jyväskylä decided to end the operations of the independent interdisciplinary research institute, the Agora Center. This page answers frequently asked questions regarding the situation of the Agora Center.

What is happening?

The University of Jyväskylä has decided to close the operations of the Agora Center, an independent interdisciplinary institute, at the end of year 2016 as part of it's structural reorganization. Unfortunately, this also means that we are unable to accept new projects or collaboration proposals. Each Agora Center project has been transferred to another department and continues to operate as planned. The Project Management Office of the Agora Center was shut down on 31.12.2016.

More information is available in our News Bulletin. The University staff can learn more about the structural reorganization in Uno, the University Intranet.

Why will the Agora Center close down?

The University Board has decided to shut down Agora Center as part of the structural reorganization, stating that:

The University will still continue to develop the strengths recognised in the Center's operations, for example, agility to start and implement multidisciplinary research projects and internal and external networking, in all University functions.

What happens to the Agora Center projects?

All projects will continue according to project plans, and the project teams are unaffected by the structural reorganization. The administration of projects that continue in 2017 has been transferred to another faculty or department during autumn 2016 as follows:

Project nameProject LeadNew coordinating unitTransfer date
5K - Development of Kangas cyber-secure experimentation smart city platform Pasi Tyrväinen Faculty of Information Technology 2016-09-01
Asiakas On-line Toni Ruohonen Faculty of Information Technology 2016-09-01
COST Action European Literacy Network Heikki Lyytinen Department of Psychology 2016-10-01
COST Action Keystone Vagan Terziyan Faculty of Information Technology 2016-09-01
DESI2 - Yrittäjämäinen uudistuminen ja muotoiluajattelu organisaatioiden kehittämisessä Pasi Tyrväinen Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics 2016-09-01
DYSGEBRA - Dyslexia: genes, brain functions, interventions Heikki Lyytinen Niilo Mäki Instituutti 2016-09-01
ELFA - Eritrea Learning for All Elina Lehtomäki Faculty of Education 2016-10-01
GraphoGame™ Literacy Intervention in Zambia Heikki Lyytinen Department of Psychology 2016-10-01
Grapho Learning Research Fund Ulla Richardson Center for Applied Language Studies 2016-11-01
Human Technology journal Pertti Hurme,
Barbara Crawford
Library/ Open Science Center 2017-01-01
LITERATE - Early identification and prevention of reading problems in alphabetic and semanto-phonetic writing Ulla Richardson Center for Applied Language Studies 2016-11-01
Monitieteinen työelämäprojekti Juho Heikkinen Career Services 2017-01-01
N4S - Need for Speed Lauri Frank Faculty of Information Technology 2016-09-01
ReadAll - Teknologia-avusteinen ympäristö kaikkien lukemaan oppijoiden tukena Ulla Richardson Center for Applied Language Studies 2016-09-01
STORIES - Fostering Early Childhood Media Literacy Competencies Tuula Nousiainen Finnish Institute for Education Research 2016-09-01
UNESCO Chair on Inclusive Literacy Learning for All Heikki Lyytinen Department of Psychology 2017-01-01

How does this affect the Agora building and its usage?

Closing the Agora Center does not affect other usages of the Agora building. Teaching, research, and events will be organized by several faculties. The other users of the building (e.g. Faculty of IT, JSBE and external companies) are also unaffected by this change.

Who can I contact if my question was not answered here?

 

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