Finland University and Beijing Institute of Education (BIE) have joined forces to develop professional training of teachers in China. To launch the collaboration the Director of BIE Mr. He Jinsong and his senior leadership team visited Finland on 11.-13. September, 2017.
The delegation spent three intensive days learning about Finnish teacher education and training, and visited teacher training schools in Turku and Tampere. The visit included also a meeting with the Minister of Education Ms. Sanni Grahn-Laasonen.
-We are very pleased to visit Finland. We have a good cooperation with Finland University in teacher education and teacher training. We are glad that we now had the opportunity to visit the universities of Turku and Tampere, said Mr. He Jinsong at the meeting with the Minister.
The delegation visited teacher training schools, and saw how Finnish education is organised at university level and at professional level. They also witnessed how Finns are applying the newest educational methodologies and designing modern learning environments.
The collaboration with BIE covers many areas in education, including professional development of Chinese teachers, student-teacher exchange programmes, joint research projects, and publishing teaching resource materials.
The Beijing institute of Education is responsible for further professional development of about 200 000 teachers in Beijing area.
-To put this into perspective it is a bit more than there are people in the city of Turku. BIE collaborates with a number of institutions overseas and we would certainly hope to be one of the principal collaborators, said Mr. Pekka T. Saavalainen, CEO of Finland University.
Next step in the collaboration is a joint research conference in Beijing on 9.-10. October, 2017. The conference will be attended by about 200 senior principals and leader teachers from Beijing area. Minister of Education Ms. Sanni Grahn-Laasonen will give the opening address at the conference.
-We look forward to hosting the conference in October. I think we have the same vision and aim on education as Finnish educators, and I hope we can take the same route towards the aim, concluded Mr. He Jinsong.
Pekka T. Saavalainen, CEO Finland University Oy
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