Collaborations

GINTL offers a platform for co-creating better education for all. 

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.

 

Africa

Curriculum convertibility for remote learning in Ghana

Curriculum Development, Mobility, Research, Teacher Training

University of Helsinki (Finland, coordinating) | University of Cape Coast, Department of Vocational and Technical Education (Ghana)

The research focuses on home economics education at the upper secondary school level, specifically how the curriculum can be converted to remote and online training situations, where face-to-face learning is not possible and/or the internet connection is not reliable. A document analysis of the subject matter and teaching strategies was carried out to identify aspects that need conversion, can be delivered remotely and need to be substituted. Primary data was collected through focus group discussions involving teachers and students. Findings will be included into the current curriculum.

Making of a proposal to NRF: ‘Learning to design – designing to learn’

Curriculum Development, Educational Technology, Research, Teacher Education

University of Helsinki (Finland, coordinator) | University of Turku (Finland) | University of Johannesburg (South Africa)

The Learning to Design – Designing to Learn project is a research collaboration between the universities of Helsinki and Johannesburg. It aims to develop and research: Firstly, science- technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM teaching and learning and secondly, learning through the design of digital artefacts, such as robots in the contexts of the South African early- and middle grades primary school curricula in low-income areas of South-Africa. The project is interested in pupils’ learning of creative, critical and computational thinking skills.

Co-designing relevant and responsive teacher education

Education in Indigenous Contexts, Intervention, Mobility, Research, School Based Studies & Supervision, Shared Teaching, Teacher Education

University of Oulu, University of Namibia

To strengthen teacher education (early childhood and primary education) through joint research focused on school-based studies and supervision as well as education in diverse contexts. To enhance capacity of teacher educators through joint development of online/blended courses and co-supervision of postgraduate students.

GINTL research review and workshops: Formation of interdisciplinary collectives

Decenter Global Knowledge Production, Promoting Transnational Interdisciplinary Education & Research Activities, Research & Intervention

University of Jyväskylä (national coordinator), University of Tampere (Faculty of Management & Business, Faculty of Education & Culture, Research Centre on Transnationalism and Transformation)

Report on potential areas for multidisciplinary cooperation in transnational education and research (Asia and Africa focus); Workshops on decentralising global knowledge production and promote non-Western knowledge; Research seminar for recent studies on India (education, politics, cultures and social studies).

Continuation of collaboration with teacher education in Somalia

Stakeholder Seminar, Teacher Education

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

This project was created to further the development of teacher education programmes at Somali National University (SNU) and to look for ways to widen cooperation among new actors to also include other teacher education units in Somalia. Collaboration with other actors such as the Somali diaspora was initiated during this project. Two events, an online stakeholder webinar and a face-to-face collaborative meeting for Somali-Finnish cooperation, were organised. A needs analysis was carried out at the SNU. The search for further funding opportunities, new resources and flexible ways of networking continues.

Education for emergencies (E4E) guest lectures

Developing Learning Materials, Shared Teaching, Teacher Education

University of Jyväskylä (coordinating), Åbo Akademi University

The University of Jyväskylä and Åbo Akademi are jointly gathering different partners to conduct guest lectures on the Education for Emergencies (E4E) themes ‘climate crisis pedagogy’, ‘conflicts and war times pedagogy’, ‘antiracism education’. Additionally, the partners are producing learning materials from the respecitve guest lectures.

Partnership dialogues between African and Finnish higher education institutes

Global Academic Partnerships

UniPID (The Finnish University Partnership for International Development, coordinating)

This collaborative initiative promotes dialogue, discussions as well as the sharing of ideas and perspectives. At the first stage, we invite universities in African countries who have partnerships with Finnish universities to share their views of partnerships. Additionally, a visit of an African HEI delegation to Finland will be organized in the spring 2022. During the visit, a stakeholder event will be organized that will bring together representatives of the partner universities from Africa to share experiences and expertise of HEI collaboration with stakeholder groups in Finland. These dialogues will contribute to the strategic planning of partnerships between institutions and feed into the national roadmap work for education cooperation currently under preparation.

Joint Phenomenon-Based Curriculum Development in Educational Technologies

Educational Technology, R&D Activities in Teaching

University of Jyväskylä (coordinating), University of Namibia, University of Turku

The joint activities target towards preparing the students for their local work life, academic careers and international work. Along with their academic studies in IT and pedagogy, the students need to grow towards innovative, inventive and imaginative actors focusing on future. That means to be creative, critical, collaborative and communicative. The joint workshop-based approach focuses on interdisciplinarity and international interaction as well as co-development in educational technologies.

Research on and Development of Teacher Education in South-Africa (RDTESA)

Mobility, Research Proposal Development, STEM Education

University of Helsinki (coordinating), University of Johannesburg, University of Turku

Within this collaboration there are plans to visit partners in Johannesburg and draft a joint research project proposal. One journal article is submitted for peer-review.

Educational Research: Developing Digital Learning in Namibia and Fieldwork in Science Education

Curriculum Studies, Digital Learning, Environmental & Sustainability Education, Teacher Education

University of Eastern Finland, University of Namibia

The University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and the University of Namibia (UNAM) partnership in education have started ongoing research projects on developing digital learning in Namibia and fieldwork in science education. In our collaboration (UEF and UNAM), we have a plan to start teacher education projects to support sustainability action in both universities. The core topics include Leadership, Environmental and Sustainability Education and Curriculum Studies.

China

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

Teacher Training

University of Helsinki (Finland, coordinator) | Northeast Normal University, Faculty of Education (China) | Pedagogy Finland ry (Finland)

The lecture series is organised by the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Helsinki, the Faculty of Education of Northeast Normal University in China, and co-organised with Pedagogy Finland ry. The event aims to provide a communication channel for teachers and students on how to develop teacher competence to face challenges in teaching. Five excellent speakers, working in Finland, have been invited to the events, and the events attracted over 940 participants from 35 institutions in China and Finland. It has broadened their knowledge, understanding, and vision on teacher education.

Quality assurance in joint degree programmes between Finland and China

Quality Assessment Framework, Research

Tampere University, Sino-Finnish Double/Dual Degree Center (Finland, coordinating) | Tampere University of Applied Sciences, TAMK (Finland) | Tongji University (China)

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.

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

Publications

Tampere University, Sino-Finnish Education Research Centre (SFERC)

Tampere University’s Sino-Finnish Education Research Centre (SFERC) will publish a bilingual publication on ‘Chinese & Finnish Education in Global Societal Transformation’. Researchers in both the GINTL and JoLII networks will be invited to contribute to the book chapters.

Designing a joint master’s degree programme

Curriculum Development, Intervention, Mobility, Research, Shared Teaching

University of Eastern Finland, Beijing Normal University (not confirmed, to be negotiated)

Global education activity. Developing an master’s degree programme tailored for the Chinese customer’s needs, for example existing ELEIC (Early language education for intercultural communication) master’s degree which is offered by the Philosophical Faculty at the University of Eastern Finland, could be used as a frame or a starting point for the new programme.

GINTL research review and workshops: Formation of interdisciplinary collectives

Decenter Global Knowledge Production, Promoting Transnational Interdisciplinary Education & Research Activities, Research & Intervention

University of Jyväskylä (national coordinator), University of Tampere (Faculty of Management & Business, Faculty of Education & Culture, Research Centre on Transnationalism and Transformation)

Report on potential areas for multidisciplinary cooperation in transnational education and research (Asia and Africa focus); Workshops on decentralising global knowledge production and promote non-Western knowledge; Research seminar for recent studies on India (education, politics, cultures and social studies).

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

Online Exchange

University of Helsinki (coordinating), Central South University (China); Minzu University (China)

The project aims to provide Chinese and Finnish students with opportunities to exchange their views and understandings of three important keywords: Culture, language and Interculturality. The students will meet on six occasions: Round 1) four meetings between students from Helsinki and Central South University and Round 2) twice between all these students and students from Minzu University of China. Students from Minzu will meet both students from Helsinki and Central South University.

MOOC and three additional online seminars

MOOC, Teacher Education

University of Eastern Finland (coordinating), Beijing Normal University (China) (to be negotiated)

Piloting a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Inclusive Learning Environments (2 ECTS) as well as three additional two-hour online seminars to test the possibility of implementing both formats for Chinese students.

Summer school design for doctoral and master students

Curriculum Development

University of Eastern Finland (coordinating), Tampere University, University of Turku, Beijing Normal University (China) (to be negotiated)

Designing and conducting a summer school course (5 ECTS-CP) for doctoral and master students. The project also includes the coordination of the content with Chinese and Finnish partner institutions.

Innovative joint effort in combating school burnout in Finland and China

Research, Student Wellbeing

University of Helsinki, Faculty of Educational Sciences (Finland, coordinating); Beijing Normal University, School of Psychology (China); University of Jyväskylä, Faculty of Education and Psychology (Finland); Peking University, Department of Psychology (China)

The project is still ongoing and in the phase of data collection. The plan covers: 1) Research seminar on students’ burnout; 2) Data collection; 3) Discussion for future project application; 4) Digital solution consultation and design; 5) Public dissemination

Education for emergencies (E4E) guest lectures

Developing Learning Materials, Shared Teaching, Teacher Education

University of Jyväskylä (coordinating), Åbo Akademi University

The University of Jyväskylä and Åbo Akademi are jointly gathering different partners to conduct guest lectures on the Education for Emergencies (E4E) themes ‘climate crisis pedagogy’, ‘conflicts and war times pedagogy’, ‘antiracism education’. Additionally, the partners are producing learning materials from the respecitve guest lectures.

Early childhood education in Finland webinars

Early Childhood Education, Online Exchange, Teacher Education

GINTL, University of Turku

Five Finnish early childhood webinars have been organised March-May, 2022 between universities in Finland and China The participating The webinars have been sharing the best research, practices, and concrete pedagogical methods of early childhood education in Finland and discussed them with Chinese partners. These webinars are furthermore strengthening the collaboration between Finnish and Chinese universities in co-creating research-based solutions for global challenges in early childhood education and cultivating joint research projects as well as modules for teacher education programs both in China and Finland. Finnish universities were the University of Helsinki, University of Turku, University of Jyväskylä, Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK), and Omnia. The participating Chinese universities were Beijing Normal University, South-West University, and Central China Normal University.

Auditory Neurocognition and Learning – Implications for Learning Practices

Curriculum Development, Research

University of Helsinki, Beijing Normal University (China)

The project will give an overview about the benefits of music and foreign language training in the neurocognitive development of primary school children. It will furthermore illuminate the promises of music and language learning to promote larger-scale neurocognitive development (e.g., working memory, attention).

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

Quality Assessment Framework, Research

University of Helsinki, Northeast Normal University (China)

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.

Student Agency in Higher Education

Curriculum Development, Higher Education Pedagogy, Mobility, Research, Teaching Quality

University of Jyväskylä (coordinating), Northeast Normal University (China), JAMK University of Applied Sciences

The activity will focus on constructing research collaboration on the topic of student agency with the international partners from the Northeast Normal University (China) and Finnish partners from the University of Jyväskylä and JAMK University of Applied Sciences. This includes mobility, agreements, translation work, data collection and analyses.

The GINTL-JoLII Webinar Series ‘Dialogues on Education and Society’

Education & Society, Expert Dialogues Webinar

University of Helsinki (coordination), Sino-Finnish Education Research Centre (SFERC), Tampere University

The GINTL-JoLii Webinar Series ‘Dialogues on Education and Society’ engages leading experts in dialogues on Chinese and Finnish education and society with comparative broader European perspective. The dialogues are in various formats, and they are targeted to researchers, policymakers, education practitioners, and administrators. This is planned as a monthly event.

Global

GINTL research review and workshops: Formation of interdisciplinary collectives

Decenter Global Knowledge Production, Promoting Transnational Interdisciplinary Education & Research Activities, Research & Intervention

University of Jyväskylä (national coordinator), University of Tampere (Faculty of Management & Business, Faculty of Education & Culture, Research Centre on Transnationalism and Transformation)

Report on potential areas for multidisciplinary cooperation in transnational education and research (Asia and Africa focus); Workshops on decentralising global knowledge production and promote non-Western knowledge; Research seminar for recent studies on India (education, politics, cultures and social studies).

Education for emergencies (E4E) guest lectures

Developing Learning Materials, Shared Teaching, Teacher Education

University of Jyväskylä (coordinating), Åbo Akademi University

The University of Jyväskylä and Åbo Akademi are jointly gathering different partners to conduct guest lectures on the Education for Emergencies (E4E) themes ‘climate crisis pedagogy’, ‘conflicts and war times pedagogy’, ‘antiracism education’. Additionally, the partners are producing learning materials from the respecitve guest lectures.

India

Early childhood education pilot in Chhattisgarh (India)

Curriculum Development, Early Childhood Education, Inclusive Education, Intervention, Teacher Training

University of Jyväskylä (Finland) | Indus Action (India)

The program aims to build a foundation for formal learning towards early childhood education and school readiness through enhancing teacher and parent capacity, engaging with relevant public administration and conducting research and evaluation for better impact.

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

Teacher Education

University of Jyväskylä (Finland) | Nordic Centre in India (India)

The purpose of the events is to facilitate and support collaboration among Indian and Finnish researchers and practitioners in the field of education & education science.

GINTL research review and workshops: Formation of interdisciplinary collectives

Decenter Global Knowledge Production, Promoting Transnational Interdisciplinary Education & Research Activities, Research & Intervention

University of Jyväskylä (national coordinator), University of Tampere (Faculty of Management & Business, Faculty of Education & Culture, Research Centre on Transnationalism and Transformation)

Report on potential areas for multidisciplinary cooperation in transnational education and research (Asia and Africa focus); Workshops on decentralising global knowledge production and promote non-Western knowledge; Research seminar for recent studies on India (education, politics, cultures and social studies).

Inclusive language learning

Inclusive Education, Research

Tampere University (coordinating), ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) – National Institute for Research in Environmental Health (NIREH)

Network building and negotiations for arranging pilots in India.

Education for emergencies (E4E) guest lectures

Developing Learning Materials, Shared Teaching, Teacher Education

University of Jyväskylä (coordinating), Åbo Akademi University

The University of Jyväskylä and Åbo Akademi are jointly gathering different partners to conduct guest lectures on the Education for Emergencies (E4E) themes ‘climate crisis pedagogy’, ‘conflicts and war times pedagogy’, ‘antiracism education’. Additionally, the partners are producing learning materials from the respecitve guest lectures.

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 University Partners