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Hannes Snellman’s Discussion Event at SuomiAreena 2022 – Programme Published

14 June 2022

As part of SuomiAreena 2022, Hannes Snellman is organising a discussion event which digs into the question of how youths from different social backgrounds could be helped and encouraged to apply to universities and higher education, particularly in professions that are often passed on from one generation to the next. During the discussion, the voice of the youths, higher education institutions, and employers will be heard, and the goal is to assess how we as a collective can better ensure equal access to higher education and reaffirm the competitiveness of the Finnish working life.

The discussion will be held on Thursday 14 July 2022 at 1 p.m. on SuomiAreena’s MTV stage, and the participants are Jussi Herlin, Vice Chair of the Board at KONE, Kai Kanto, Student, Annika Koljonen, Chairperson at Oikismentorointiohjelma ry, Veronica Salovaara, Doctor of Social Sciences and Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Helsinki, and Ida Viitamäki, Senior Associate at Hannes Snellman. The discussion will be moderated by Journalist Kirsi Alm-Siira.

SuomiAreena’s programme was published today. The programme (in Finnish) is available at

SuomiAreena is the largest social discussion event in Finland during the summer. SuomiAreena will be held in Pori on 11-15 July 2022. SuomiAreena is part of the International Democracy Festivals Association, established by several democracy festivals from Europe and the Nordic and Baltic regions.

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