Quality assurance in joint degree programmes between Finland and China

Quality Assessment Framework, Research

The project involves: 1) Developing a database of Sino-Finnish joint degree provision programmes, 2) Organising a conference on quality assurance in Sino-Finnish joint degree provision, 3) Publishing the quality assurance guidelines for Sino-Finnish degree provision, potentially in collaboration with the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) and the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (Karvi). The aim of the project is furhtermore to pilot the Sino-Finnish joint degree provision guidelines in collaboration with TAMK and its partner, Chinese Regional University and in an ongoing dual degree programme initiative between Tampere University and Tongji University.

A Comparative Study of Chinese and Finnish Teacher Educators’ Quality Requirements and Professional Standards

Quality Assessment Framework, Research

Quality education depends on qualified teachers, who are largely influenced by teacher educators during their training as student teachers. How teacher educators provide student teachers with a supportive teaching and learning environment, and at the same time respond to the global challenges of teacher education draws researchers’ attention internationally. The research project aims to explore the quality requirements and professional standards of the Chinese and Finnish teacher educators from a comparative perspective. Based on the previous and current collaboration among the Northeast Normal University and the University of Helsinki, the research project increases the influence of Finnish universities and GINTL internationally and broadens the scope of cooperation among other universities in China and Finland. The study clarifies the evaluation criteria and professional support that teacher educators need to overcome challenges they face in teaching in teacher education. The long-term research aims are to provide new knowledge on teacher educators to promote their work and to support their development in expertise to respond to the international crisis in teaching and learning.

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GINTL Finnish higher education institutions