Collaborations

The Global Innovation Network for Teaching and Learning (GINTL) is a network in which Finnish higher education institutions, together with partners from India, China and Africa, co-create research-based solutions to global educational challenges and collaborate in research and education.

On this page, you can find some of the collaborations realised in the network.

For more information on any of the collaborations, kindly contact the higher education institution responsible for the collaboration. GINTL funding is allocated from the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland to 20 Finnish higher education institutions, each managing their own collaborations.

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Preparing an agenda for education research in Kerala

Vakkom Moulavi Foundation Trust, Kerala (India), Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad Campus (India), Centre for Development Studies, Kerala (India), University of Jyväskylä (Finland)

Main contact: GINTL India Coordination Team at University of Jyväskylä

Challenges and opportunities for transformation of schools in challenging contexts into learning organizations

University of Jyväskylä (Finland), Simple Education Foundation (India), Azim Premji University (India)

Main contact: Apoorwa Hooda, University of Jyväskylä

Foundational literacy development using GraphoLearn and GraphoLearn-aligned phonics instruction: randomised control trial in India

University of Jyväskylä (Finland), Directorate of Education (Delhi, India), University of Delhi (India)

Main contact: Deepti Bora, University of Jyväskylä

Support for Kerala school education reform

University of Jyväskylä (Finland), University of Oulu (Finland), University of Helsinki (Finland), Aalto University (Finland), Innokas network (Finland), Kerala State Council for Educational Research and Training (India)

Main contact: GINTL India Coordination Team at University of Jyväskylä

Joint Working Committee with focus on school education in India and Finland

National Council of Educational Research and Training (India), Finnish National Agency for Education (Finland), University of Jyväskylä (Finland), Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences (Finland)

Main contact: GINTL India Coordination Team at University of Jyväskylä

Education for Emergencies (E4E) – Climate change pedagogy (CCP)

University of Jyväskylä, Finland; University of Helsinki, Finland; Vakkom Moulavi Foundation Trust, Kerala, India; School of Educational Studies, India; Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad, India; Education University of Winneba, Ghana

Main contact: Heidi Layne (University of Jyväskylä)

From Waste to Wealth: Sustainability Assessment of the Zinc Tailings Utilization as Structural Filling Material Using LCA Methodology

University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Shillong, India

Main contact: Tiina Onkila

Consultation in early childhood education curriculum development in the state of Chhattisgarh

University of Jyväskylä, Finland; EduWeave, India; Indus Action, India

Main contact: GINTL India coordination team at University of Jyväskylä

Community of practice for Educational Leaders

University of Jyväskylä, Finland; CreatNet Education, India

Main contact: Samuel Madtha

Knowledge sharing seminars and visits to strengthen collaboration in educational sciences and teacher training

University of Helsinki, Finland; University of Jyväskylä, Finland; University of Oulu, Finland; Azim Premji University, India

Main contact: GINTL India coordination team at University of Jyväskylä

Practice placement pilot for University of Jyväskylä teacher students in India

University of Jyväskylä, Finland; St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, India; Heritage School, Kolkata, India

Main contact: GINTL India coordination team at University of Jyväskylä

Pedagogical Leadership Study and Training for Early Childhood Development (ECD) Center Managers in the Rural Areas of South Africa

University of Jyväskylä, Finland; University of Pretoria, South Africa

Main contact: Elina Fonsén (University of Jyväskylä)

Lecture series: ‘Competence-based teacher education in Finland’

University of Helsinki, Finland; Pedagogy Finland ry, Finland; Northeast Normal University, China

Promoting Indo-Finnish collaboration in teaching & learning – A webinar series for academia & practitioners

University of Jyväskylä; Finland; Nordic Centre in India, India

Quality assurance in joint degree programmes between Finland and China

Tampere University, Finland; Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland; Tongji University, China

Bilingual book series: Chinese & Finnish education in global societal transformation

Tampere University, Finland

Designing a joint master’s degree programme

University of Eastern Finland, Finland; Beijing Normal University, China

Nordic Centre in India Secretariat: Chairperson and Secretary services

Tampere University, Finland; Nordic Centre in India, India

Main contact: Mikko Ruohonen (Tampere University), Katriina Vartiainen (NCI Secretariat), Margherita Tondi (NCI Secretariat)

Faculty visit programmes, institutional development and student training programmes on smart agriculture, bioeconomy, circular economy and entrepreneurship (SAE) topical areas

Tampere University, Finland; University of Agricultural Sciences Dharwad, India; Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University, India; University of Horticulture Sciences Bagalkot, India; Central Agricultural University, Imphal, India

Main contact: Mikko Ruohonen, Katriina Vartiainen, Mikko Ahonen, Prasanna Kukkamalla (Tampere University)

Pathways of equity and sustainability

Tampere University, Finland; University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; UNESCO Office in Harare, Zimbabwe; Southern Africa Hub for Natural Justice, South Africa; University of the Western Cape, South Africa; Restoring Fisheries for Sustainable Livelihoods in Lake Malawi, Malawi; University of Mpumalanga, South Africa; University of Fort Hare, South Africa; Leadership for Environment and Development Southern and Eastern Africa (LEAD SEA), Malawi

Main contact: Annalisa Sannino (Tampere University)

Building a research-action project between Tampere University, Higher Education Institute of Education Sciences of Huíla (Angola), University Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique) and University Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique) on school dropout

Tampere University, Finland; University Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique; Pedagogical University of Maputo, Mozambique; Higher Education Institute of Education Sciences of Huíla, Angola; University of Cape Verde, Cape Verde

Main contact: Vera Centeno (Tampere University)

Developing an network between Finland and Portuguese-speaking African countries

Tampere University, Finland; University Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique; Pedagogical University of Maputo, Mozambique; Higher Education Institute of Education Sciences of Huíla, Angola; University of Cape Verde, Cape Verde

Main contact: Vera Centeno (Tampere University)

Partership and cooperation with Johannesburg University for learning and teaching resulting in Elias Pekkola nominated associate professorship

Tampere University, Finland; University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Main contact: Elias Pekkola (Tampere University), Jaakko Kauko (Tampere University)

Youth mobility from Finland and Portugal to the Global South: Policies, practices, and perceived impacts on global citizenship dispositions and on the host contexts

Tampere University, Finland; University of Porto, Portugal

Main contact: Íris Santos (Tampere University)

Social sustainability in ECEC and ECEC teacher training

University of Jyväskylä, Finland; University of Pretoria, South Africa

Main contact: Kaisu Peltoperä (University of Jyväskylä)

Play-based teaching and learning approach to early mathematics in Zanzibar

University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Ministry of Education and Vocational Training in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Main contact: Tamasha Therea (University of Jyväskylä)

Joint Working Committee with focus on school education

Finnish National Agency for Education, Finland; University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences, Finland; National Council of Educational Research and Training, India

Main contact: GINTL India coordination team at University of Jyväskylä

GINTL research review and workshops: Formation of interdisciplinary collectives

University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Nordic Centre in India, India

Main contact: Christabel Royan (Nordic Centre in India)

Student Agency in Higher Education

University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences, Finland; Northeast Normal University, China

Main contact: Päivikki Jääskelä (University of Jyväskylä)

Remembering ancestral knowledges and plants: Intergenerational participatory research and community practice for food literacy and justice

Tampere University, Finland; Aalto University, Finland; University of Jyväskylä, Finland; University of Cape Town, South Africa; University of Rhodes, South Africa; University of Stellenbosch, South Africa; University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe; Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University, Zimbabwe; Great Zimbabwe University, Zimbabwe; SCOPE Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe; People’s Health Movement, South Africa; South African Food Sovereignty Campaign, South Africa; Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), Uganda; Rescope Seeding Local Cultures, Zambia

Main contact: Norma Rudolph (Tampere University), Zsuzsa Millei (University of Jyväskylä)

Education for emergencies (E4E) guest lectures

University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Åbo Akademi University, Finland

Main contact: Heidi Layne (University of Jyväskylä)

Joint phenomenon-based curriculum development in educational technologies

University of Jyväskylä, Finland; University of Turku, Finland; University of Namibia, Namibia

Main contact: Mikko Vesisenaho (University of Jyväskylä)

Co-creating a research-based approach for higher education curriculum development in learning difficulties and socio-emotional problems in India and Kenya

University of Jyväskylä, Finland; University of Turku, Finland; Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT), India; Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kenya

Main contact: Paavo Leppänen (University of Jyväskylä)

Seminar: Co-creating decolonized knowledges through arts

University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland

Main contact: Heli Kauppila (Uniarts), Marika Orenius (Uniarts)

Master Program in Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MERIHE)

Tampere University, Finland; University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Main contact: Elias Pekkola (Tampere University)

Emergent dynamics in education development cooperation: A focus on civil society and higher education institutions’ participation ⁠– 2EdCo

Tampere University, Finland; University of Lisbon, Portugal; Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain; University of Johannesburg, South Africa; Center of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Vietnam; LGI Sustainable Inovation, France

Main contact: Vera Centeno, Jaakko Kauko, Elias Pekkola, Íris Santos (Tampere University)

Democratic cooperation in education (DeCoEd)

Tampere University, Finland; University of Lisbon, Portugal; Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain; University of Johannesburg, South Africa; Center of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Vietnam; LGI Sustainable Inovation, France

Main contact: Vera Centeno, Jaakko Kauko, Elias Pekkola, Íris Santos, Yohannes Mehari (Tampere University)

National coordination mechanisms for education cooperation in developing countries

GINTL higher education institutions

Main contact: Hanna Posti-Ahokas (University of Helsinki), Sai Väyrynen (University of Helsinki)

Finnish early childhood education webinars

University of Helsinki, Finland; University of Turku, Finland; University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Häme Univesity of Applied Sciences (HAMK), Finland; Omnia, the Joint Authority of Education in the Espoo region, Finland; Helsinki Brief Therapy Institute, Finland; Beijing Normal University, China; South-West University, China; Central China Normal University, China; I can do Consulting Ltd., China

Main contact: Jenny Niu (University of Helsinki)

Curriculum convertibility for remote learning in Ghanaian home economics education

University of Helsinki, Finland; University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Main contact: Hille Janhonen-Abruquah (University of Helsinki)

Innovative joint effort in combating school burnout in Finland & China

University of Helsinki, Finland; University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Beijing Normal University; China; Tsinghua University; China

Main contact: Xin Tang (University of Helsinki)

Co-designing relevant and responsive teacher education

University of Oulu, Finland; University of Namibia, Namibia

Main contact: Marika Matengu (University of Oulu)

Health education development

University of Oulu, Finland; Liike Ry – Sports & Development, Finland; University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Main contact: Aija Saari (University of Oulu)

Seminar: Conventions of higher education in the arts

University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland; University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Bagamoyo Arts and Cultural Institute, Tanzania; Action Music Academy Tanzania, Tanzania; Alama Art and Media Production, Tanzania; Nafasi Art Space, Tanzania

Main contact: Heli Kauppila (Uniarts), Marika Orenius (Uniarts)

Advancing antiracism and decolonising the university in higher education pedagogy in the arts

University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland;

Main contact: Heli Kauppila (Uniarts), Marika Orenius (Uniarts)

Learning of transversal competencies in science teacher education in Finland and China

University of Helsinki, Finland; University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Beijing Normal University at Zhuhai, China; South China Normal University, China; University of Macau, China; Beijing Normal University at Beijing, China

Main contact: Jari Lavonen (University of Helsinki)

Generating better practices in education through international partnerships in doctoral education

University of Helsinki, Finland; University of Jyväskylä, Finland; University of Oulu, Finland; Asmara College of Education, Eritrea; Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary

Main contact: Hanna Posti-Ahokas (University of Helsinki)

Mapping of doctoral dissertations completed on education development in Africa

University of Helsinki, Finland; University of Oulu, Finland; University of Namibia, Namibia

Main contact: Elizabeth Eta (University of Helsinki)

Open call for institutional travel grants for GINTL-related activities

University of Helsinki, Finland

Main contact: Sai Väyrynen (University of Helsinki)

Student travel grants to the 2022 SDG4 Seminar at the University of Jyväskylä

University of Helsinki, Finland; University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Main contact: Nico Stockmann (University of Helsinki)

Higher Education Pedagogies for Teacher Education (HEP-TED)

University of Helsinki, Finland; Tampere University, Finland; Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland; Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences, Finland; Hills Connect Oy, Finland; Rwanda Polytechnic, Rwanda; University of Rwanda, Rwanda; Republic of Rwanda Higher Education Council, Rwanda; Rwanda TVET Board, Rwanda; Rwanda Basic Education Board, Rwanda

Main contact: Hanna Posti-Ahokas (University of Helsinki)

Encountering local theories of cross-curricular course in the making – building partnership between Finland, Taiwan, and China to engage local schooling changes for sustainability

University of Helsinki, Finland; University of Eastern Finland, Finland; Capital Normal University; China; National Taiwan Normal University; Taiwan

Main contact: Hongda Lin (University of Helsinki)

Somali teacher education development expands (STRIDE)

University of Helsinki, Finland; University of Eastern Finland, Finland; Somali National University, Somalia; East Africa University, Somalia; Strathmore University, Kenya

Main contact: Kaisa Hahl (University of Helsinki)

Knowledge of interculturality ‘otherwise’: Developing a research-based international partnership between universities in China, Finland, and Morocco

University of Helsinki, Finland; University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Central South University, China; Mohammed the Fifth University, Morocco

Main contact: Jun Peng (University of Helsinki)

Changing teacher education in India and Finland: Focusing on sustainability issues through humanities and arts

University of Helsinki, Finland; Aalto University, Finland; Azim Premji University, India

Main contact: Hannele Cantell (University of Helsinki)

The developmental dynamics in motor and early numeracy skills in children who are at risk of mathematical learning difficulties – A cross-cultural comparison across African countries (AEN-Africa)

University of Helsinki, Finland; University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Åbo Akademi University, Finland; University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Main contact: Pirjo Aunio (University of Helsinki)

Research-based and future-oriented curriculum review and development for teacher education in Kenya (REFORD)

University of Helsinki, Finland; University of Turku, Finland; University of Nairobi, Kenya; Strathmore University, Kenya

Main contact: Seija Karppinen (University of Helsinki)

New directions in development studies and sustainability: Reconsidering global challenges and local realities

University of Helsinki, Finland; University of Jyväskylä, Finland; University of Zambia, Zambia; University of Dodoma, Tanzania; University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Main contact: Barry Gills (University of Helsinki)

Learning to design – Designing to learn (LDDL)

University of Helsinki, Finland; University of Turku, Finland; University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Main contact: Anni Loukomies (University of Helsinki)

Finland-Ghana collaboration in hybrid teacher education (CocoEd)

University of Helsinki, Finland; Åbo Akademi University, Finland; University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Main contact: Hille Janhonen-Abruquah (University of Helsinki)

Education for sustainable and rational approach to the use of medicinal plants in Benin: Co-constructive pedagogical strategy, research, and dissemination of good practices

University of Helsinki, Finland; University of Eastern Finland, Finland; University of Abomey-Calawi, Benin

Main contact: Leena Hanski (University of Helsinki)

Partnership dialogues – Elements of good partnerships

Finnish University Partnership for International Development (UniPID), Finland; University of Helsinki, Finland; University of Oulu, Finland; University of Namibia, Namibia

Main contact: Meeri Tiensuu (University of Helsinki)

Teacher education for social justice in the post-pandemic era: Examples from China and Finland

University of Helsinki, Finland; University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Åbo Akademi University, Finland; Hangzhou Normal University, China; Hebei Normal University, China

Main contact: Xiaoxu Liu (University of Helsinki)

Towards high quality and equal teacher education in Somalia

University of Helsinki, Finland; University of Turku, Finland; Somali National University, Somalia; East Africa University, Somalia

Main contact: Heidi Krzywacki (University of Helsinki)

Research on and development of teacher education in South-Africa (RDTESA)

University of Helsinki, Finland; University of Turku, FInland; University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Main contact: Jari Lavonen (University of Helsinki)

Unthinking culture, language and interculturality: Together for a shared future

University of Helsinki, Finland; Central South University, China; Minzu University of China China

Main contact: Jun Peng (University of Helsinki), Fred Dervin (University of Helsinki)

Auditory neurocognition and learning – Implications for improved learning practices

University of Helsinki, Finland; Beijing Normal University, China

Main contact: Mari Tervaniemi (University of Helsinki)

Partnership dialogues between African and Finnish higher education institutes

Finnish University Partnership for International Development (UniPID), Finland

Main contact: Meeri Tiensuu (University of Helsinki, UniPID)

A comparative study of Chinese and Finnish teacher educators’ quality requirements and professional standards

University of Helsinki, Finland; Northeast Normal University (NENU), China

Main contact: Yanling Cao (University of Helsinki), Auli Toom (University of Helsinki)

Continued collaboration with Somali National University in Somalian teacher education

University of Helsinki, Finland; Finnish Church Aid (FCA), Finland; Somali National University, Somalia; International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Main contact: Heidi Krzywacki (University of Helsinki), Kaisa Hahl (University of Helsinki)

Piloting eTALE Africa – Providing literacy teaching support for Namibian teachers

University of Helsinki, Finland; University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Niilo Mäki Institute, Finland; University of Namibia, Namibia; National Institute of Education Development (NIED), Namibia

Main contact: Riva Ketonen (University of Helsinki)

Identifying and supporting children with mathematical learning difficulties in South Africa: Developing and validating assessment and Intervention tools

University of Helsinki, Finland; Åbo Akademi University, Finland; University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Main contact: Pirjo Aunio (University of Helsinki)

Training-of-trainer services in technical and vocational education training (TVET) theory and pedagogical practices

Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences, Finland; Ministry of Education, Liberia; Ministry of Youth and Sports, Liberia

Main contact: Jelena Santalainen (HAMK)

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