Research Career Pathway for PhD and Young Faculty Members (RECAP)




Nurse researchers and leaders are partially responsible for global health needs. While most professors in Nursing Science in Finland are retiring in the coming 5 years, skilled future scientists are urgently needed globally. However, a transition from novice to the independent researcher is challenging. High quality, standardized career pathway with well-developed infrastructure can support success and sustainability in the nursing discipline. Further, the qualities of ideas of ‘a global nursing researcher’, ‘a global mindset’ and ‘a global citizenship’ could be improved.


The overall goal of this research project is to develop a meta-network of PhD programs in Nursing Science to support young scientists’ post-doctoral careers and the pathway to academic excellence in Finland and China.


- To design a management structure and procedures for the meta-network
- To develop a curriculum with advanced training courses for the academic career development of PhD students and young faculty members
- To implement a hybrid learning platform for training courses in higher education
- To evaluate the impact of the meta-network of PhD programs from the points of view of students, teachers, and universities
- To disseminate the project experiences and impact a wider national and international audience


- The meta-network of PhD Programs in Nursing Science and management and procedural structure
- A new curriculum to ensure an academic career pathway toward the post-doc level
- Training courses with new learning material
- A tested and evaluated hybrid learning platform
- Increased visibility and communication of the project
- An interim report and final reports of the project


1. From Research to Scientific publication (Responsible persons Professor Riitta Suhonen, Professor Marja Kaunonen, Professor Yu Liu)

2. Academic Leadership and Communication (University of Oulu, Fudan University, Sun Yat-sen University)

3. Advanced Research Methods (Professor Daniel Fong, Professor Maritta Välimäki, Professor Hu Xiaolin, Professor Feng Xianqionq)

4.Writing a Grant Application (Åbo Akademi University, Peking University, Xi’an Jiaotong University)

5. Career Pathway (Central South University, University of Hong Kong, Peking Union Medical College, University of Eastern Finland)


The project is supported by the Finnish National Agency of Education, Team Finland Knowledge Programme 2021.


The project is led by University of Turku (P.I. Prof. Maritta Välimäki), with the following partner universities:
Tampere University
Åbo Akademi University
University of Eastern Finland
University of Oulu
Peking University
Fudan University
Peking Union Medical College
Central South University
Xi’an Jiaotong University
Sichuan University
Sun Yat-sen University
China Medical University
University of Hong Kong
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  • Åbo Akademi
  • Åbo universitet (huvudsaklig)
  • Tampere University
  • Östra Finlands universitet
  • University of Oulu
  • Peking University
  • Fudan University
  • Peking Union Medical College
  • Central South University
  • Xi'an Jiaotong University
  • Sichuan University
  • Sun Yat-Sen University
  • China Medical University
  • University of Hong Kong