GINTL Research seminar “International education development and internationalisation in education”

TypeOpen for all, Registration required


WhereUniversity of Jyväskylä, Ruusupuisto Building (RUU), Alvar Aallon katu 9, Jyväskylä


Are you interested in topics such as international education development, educational partnerships or internationalisation? We warmly welcome you to join us for a hybrid seminar where master's degree students present their research work. The seminar takes place 27 April 2023 in Jyväskylä and online. It is organised for master’s degree students and other interested people, from the GINTL member institutions and beyond. Register as a participant by 19 April.

What is the research seminar about?

  • Master’s degree students present their ongoing or finished thesis work related to seminar themes.
  • Doctoral researchers provide feedback on master’s students’ written thesis work and presentations
  • Everyone is welcome to hear and discuss recent research results in a supportive and engaging atmosphere

What is GINTL?

The Global Innovation Network for Teaching and Learning (GINTL) supports sustainable, responsible, and global network co-operation between 20 Finnish higher education institutions (HEIs) and the network’s partners in various African countries, China, and India. We want to explore how master’s thesis research can contribute to solving global education challenges.

Recording of opening session


Location: Ruusupuisto Building (RUU), Alvar Aallon katu 9, Jyväskylä

See a detailed schedule for parallel sessions and abstracts:

_Kindly note that Zoom links for online participation are share in a separate email for registered participants.


Registration opens

Lunch at own cost (e.g., at student cafeteria Uno)


Opening session

Location: Ruusupuisto building, lobby

Opening remarks

  • Prof. Anna-Maija Poikkeus, Dean, Faculty of Education & Psychology, University of Jyväskylä

Bridging research and practice in education




Parallel session 1 (sessions 1-3)

  1. Making learning inclusive: perspectives from parents, teachers, and children
    • Location: RUU A310 Rauha
    • Chair: Olli-Pekka Malinen, University of Helsinki
  2. Global and local perspectives on development of higher education
    • Location: RUU E307 Katri
    • Chair: Hanna Posti-Ahokas, University of Helsinki
  3. Fostering intercultural awareness in practice and research
    • Location: RUU A210 Niilo
    • Chair: Salla Määttä, University of Jyväskylä


Coffee break

Location: Ruusupuisto building, lobby


Parallel session 2 (session 4-5)

  1. Internationalisation through language education in schools
    • Location: RUU E208 Päivö
    • Chair: Josephine Moate, University of Jyväskylä
  2. Sustainable education for a sustainable society
    • Location: RUU E307 Katri
    • Chair: Ana Tarazona, UniPID


Closing session

Location: Ruusupuisto lobby

Closing remarks

  • Dr. William C. Smith, Senior Lecturer in Education and International Development, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr. Sai Väyrynen, Director, GINTL Africa & China, University of Helsinki


Networking event

Location: Ruusupuisto lobby (in person participation only)
Host: Dr. Olli-Pekka Malinen

Call for abstracts (closed)

The deadline for submitting your abstract was on 10 March 2023. The selected applicants have been informed about the decisions by the review board. You can still register as a participant until 19 April 2023 (see above).

What kind of research can be shared in the seminar?

We invite presenters to discuss their research findings related to education in a supportive, yet critical academic environment.

  • Education development can be understood as development of practice and education systems, policy development, or analysing how education operates at different levels, and how it can fulfil its societal functions.
  • The theme of internationalisation is brought in to discuss how international partnerships, and collaboration of educators across educational systems, can contribute to quality education.
  • International, intercultural, and interdisciplinary approaches to studying education using qualitative and/or quantitative methods are particularly encouraged.

In the discussions, we aim to connect the presented thesis research to the broad education development targets at national and international levels. Together, we will discuss how research can help to identify, understand, and solve challenges related to education.

We invite master’s students to present either work in progress (preliminary results) or give a final presentation of their thesis. The seminar is an opportunity to discuss your findings and receive feedback to help identify the contribution of your work.

How can I participate as a presenter? – Instructions for the submission of abstracts

  • Length: Up to 2,000 characters, including references
  • Language: Write your abstract in English.
  • More detailed information can be found through the submission form below.

Read guidelines in the call of abstracts carefully and, if needed, ask your supervisor or peers to assist you with writing the proposal. You will be informed about the acceptance of your proposal by 20 March 2023.

Can the thesis seminar be recognised as part of my studies?

This is possible but must be agreed through your home institution. Tell your thesis supervisors you want to participate in the seminar and discuss with them how your participation can be recognised as part of your studies.

Is there funding available?

Travel funding can be made available through your home institution. Find out if your university can support you with your travel expenses to Jyväskylä. If you are not able to travel, you can participate in the seminar online.


For further information, please contact the organisers:

Tea Kangasvieri

Network Coordinator


Deepti Bora

Project Coordinator[at]

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