2017 was a strong year of growth for Finland University and saw us add new key members to our team. Our member universities delivered successful new education programmes in new markets in Asia, Africa, Middle East and Latin America.
Highlights for the new programmes include the following:
- Namibian teacher students started degree programme studies at our university campuses: 25 BA students at University of Turku, 25 MA students at University of Eastern Finland. A great success so far that continues this year.
- 59 Saudi Arabian teachers with family members had a six-month professional development experience at our university campuses as well as teacher training schools in Joensuu, Turku and Tampere - an excellent learning experience with mutual fruitful outcomes.
- In Brazil we launched a teaching and learning programme in university pedagogy for a faculty of Anima Educacao, one of the largest network of universities in the country. A great example how Finnish education expertise can be used as a key for change.
- A Finnish flagship, the KIVA School Antibullying programme started in Chile.
- In China we launched wide ranging joint programming with Beijing Institute of Education with a conference in Beijing. Looking forward to continued collaboration with teacher training, joint research and publishing teaching resource materials.
- Marketing the international Master´s degree programmes helped the member universities attract a record number of applications from non-EU students.
Strong programme growth will continue in 2018 with more success stories to share. Hence, we are delighted to introduce three new Key Account Managers (KAM) who have joined us. Each KAM provides our team with years of solid experience in international education and client relationship management. They help Finland University make the education programmes of our member universities available to wider audiences in our target markets.
Meet the new KAMs:
Kirsi Karjalainen, based at University of Eastern Finland (Joensuu campus), has over 20 years of experience in various managerial and international roles at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF). She specializes in project and finance management. Most recently Kirsi was managing the Erasmus+ global mobility project of UEF. Kirsi holds a MA in Education (1994) and a BSc in Business Administration (2013).
Niina Nyyssölä, based at University of Tampere, has over 15 years of experience in Education research and programme management at the University of Tampere (UTA) through which she has gained extensive knowledge in adult learning and student guidance. Most recently Niina was the Programme Manager for the MA Programme in Teacher Education for Indonesian teachers. Niina has a MA in Social Sciences (International Relations) from UTA and she is currently completing her PhD studies.
Marko Teräs, based at University of Turku, has over 15 years of international experience in teaching, developing and researching teaching, learning and digital technologies. He has MSc in Instructional design and Technology from Open University Malaysia, and BSc in Culture and Arts in Interaction design from Tampere University of Applied Sciences. Marko is about to receive his PhD from the School of Information Systems at Curtin University in Perth Western Australia, where he studied the experience of virtual environments and serious games in safety training in the minerals sector in addition to working in various teaching and research roles in three universities.
Kirsi, Niina and Marko join our current solid team of Key Account Managers, ie., Mari Argillander at University of Eastern Finland, Mirka Gustafsson at University of Tampere and Ari Koski at University of Turku.
Finland University is the international education brand, and marketing and sales company of four leading Finnish research universities: University of Eastern Finland, University of Tampere, University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University. All universities are in the top 2% of global university rankings.
Finland University provides the degree programmes and professional development programmes of its member universities to individuals and institutions worldwide (universities, government ministries and agencies, foundations, companies).