Prof. Tapio Varis
Currently Professor and Chair of Media Education, earlier Media Culture and Communication Education at the University of Tampere, Finland (Research Centre for Vocational Education, and Hypermedia Laboratory), and Unesco Chair in global e-Learning with applications to multiple domains. Acting President of Global University System (GUS). . Former Rector of the University for Peace in Costa Rica, and Professor of Media Studies in the University of Lapland, Finland. Consultant on new learning technologies for the Finnish Ministry of Education, and expert on media and digital literacy to the EC, Council of Europe, Nordic Research Councils, and many Finnish and foreign universities. Member of European Union's PROMETEUS Steering Committee and Adviser to several international organizations. In 1996-97 UNESCO Chair of Communication studies at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain. Faculty member of the European Peace University (Austria), Communication and Media Scholar at the University of Helsinki and the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. In addition to Finnish fluent in English, Spanish, German, and Swedish. Published approximately 200 scientific contributions which are listed at "publications" with additional biographical information (in Finnish).
In 2001 received The Rochester Intercultural Conferences 1995-2001 award as "an outstanding European scholar in intercultural and international communication."
Born: 17 June, 1946 in Ruokolahti, Finland