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.


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


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


University of Turku Maritta Välimäki
Tampere University Marja Kaunonen
Åbo Akademi University Lisbeth Fagerstöm
University of Eastern Finland Hannele Turunen
University of Oulu Kristina Mikkonen
Peking University Shuxiao Hou
Fudan University Yan Hu
Peking Union Medical College Zheng Li
Central South University Xianhong Li
Xi’an Jiaotong University Xiaomei Li
Sichuan University Lingli Li
Sun Yat-sen University June Zhang
China Medical University Xiaohan Li
University of Hong Kong Chia-Chin Lin


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

Principal Investigator