Together, we can spark cycles of learning for better education.

The Global Innovation Network for Teaching and Learning (GINTL) brings together dedicated researchers and practitioners from Finland and our partners from China, India and the African continent. 

We want to contribute towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 4: “Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.


GINTL events create a space for researchers, other academics, students, (and others who may be interested), to learn from one another and work together to understand the current challenges in education and solutions respectful to local needs.


Conference: “Reimagining Teachers and Teacher Education for our Futures”

Africa, China, India, GlobalOpen for all

Main topic: Conferences and workshops

The “Reimagining Teachers and Teacher Education for Our Futures” conference will explore the future of the teaching profession and teachers’ work, and the crucial role that teachers have in shaping the critical, transversal skills that are necessary for our futures as outlined in the seminal report “Reimagining our futures together: A new social contract for education” by The UNESCO International Commission on the Futures of Education (2021). We aim to gather researchers, teacher educators, teachers, representatives of civil organizations, policy makers and all actors involved in building a sustainable society through education. The Conference will be held at the University of Helsinki, City Center Campus.

GINTL Dialogue: Reflect, vision, share

Africa, China, India, Global

Main topic: Conferences and workshops

At the end of 2024, the Global Innovation Network for Teaching and Learning (GINTL) will be moving to a new era. Our current funding scheme comes to an end and new plans need to be developed. The network coordination would therefore like to call for a two-day Dialogue event to reflect on what has been learnt, to envision future collaboration, and to share examples of current and past work. Day 1 of the Dialogue is addressed to all stakeholders who have already participated in GINTL activities, while Day 2 is open for everyone interested in Global Education Development.

GINTL Research Seminar 2.0 – Emerging research in the global education landscape

Africa, China, India, GlobalRegistration required

Main topic: Conferences and workshops

Are you a master’s degree student with an ongoing or finished master’s thesis work? Is your thesis topic related to international education development, educational partnerships, or internationalisation? If yes, you are most welcome to present your research at the “GINTL Research Seminar 2.0 – Emerging research in global education landscape!” 

Bridging Perspectives: Equity and Inclusion in Indian Schooling

India, GlobalRegistration required

Main topic: Indo-Finnish Collaboration

Join us for a cross-cultural dialogue at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, as we delve into the intricacies of equity and inclusion in Indian schooling. Featuring panelists Ira Joshi, Nimrat Kaur, and Jitandra Sharma from Azim Premji Foundation (India) and moderated by Heidi Layne from the University of Jyväskylä (Finland), this event offers global education professionals a unique opportunity to gain insights into the diverse educational landscape of India while examining the universal principles of equity and inclusion through an international and Finnish lens. Whether you're in person with us at the University of Jyväskylä or joining us online, let's explore pathways to more equitable and inclusive education systems together!

Information about our current events from the coordination group and our network members.

University of Helsinki and University of Jyväskylä jointly celebrated Africa Day 2024


Published Elizabeth Eta (University of Helsinki), Frank Ojwang (University of Jyväskylä)

The University of Jyväskylä’s Coalition of African Networks and the University of Helsinki as part of GINTL Africa co-organised the 2024 Africa Day event in Jyväskylä on 24 May. We celebrated the day under the theme “Re-thinking African education systems for the 21st century”. In this blog post, we present highlights and reflections from the event, focusing on the keynote speeches, panel discussions, and the controversial debate surrounding this year’s theme and the purpose of Africa Day.

Developing a research agenda for climate change education – ideas from Kerala


Published GINTL India coordination, University of Jyväskylä

Kerala, India’s southernmost state, is increasingly becoming more vulnerable to climate change. Therefore, a local civil society – academia coalition recently embarked on a process to develop a research agenda on climate and sustainability education and to contribute with ideas for climate change education. GINTL has been honoured to be a partner in this process. In this blog post, we share some of the key ideas by the coalition on how to go about setting an agenda for meaningful research on climate change education in Kerala.

FUTE project: GINTL network expanded to develop sustainability in teacher education


Published Sari Havu-Nuutinen, Ella Suortti (University of Eastern Finland)

The University of Eastern Finland, University of Turku, University of Namibia and University of Dar es Salaam have started a new Higher Education Partnership (HEP) project. Originally, the project is rooted in a GINTL collaboration. The newly funded project aims to develop collaborative activities to promote education for sustainable development in teacher education by focusing on sustainability competences, pedagogical solutions and implementing the sustainability activities in regards of the local needs. Following the goals of GINTL, the project aims to support lifelong learning and inclusive education in teacher education.

New open mini course: Academic visit to an authoritarian country


Published Olli-Pekka Malinen (GINTL)

Embarking on academic endeavors abroad requires a nuanced understanding of diverse academic landscapes. International mobility enriches scholarly experiences, yet navigating through distinct political and legal systems demands preparation. Tailored for students and staff from Finnish institutions, this specialised open online course addresses this need.

Members of our network

We are a network of dedicated scholars and practitioners, who work jointly with our partners to co-create research-based solutions for local needs.

Together, we can spark cycles of learning for better education. 

Project coordinators

GINTL Finnish higher education institutions