Higher education cooperation between China and Finland: Opportunities and challenges

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OrganiserGINTL | Sino-Finnish Joint Learning Innovation Institute (JoLii)

TopicsWebinar series “Dialogues on education and society”

Welcome to the fourth event co-organised by the Global Innovation Network of Teaching and Learning (GINTL) and Sino-Finnish Education Research Centre (SFERC) of Sino-Finnish Joint Learning Innovation Institute (JoLii).

This webinar took place on 21 June 2022.

This webinar took place on 21 June 2022 and featured guest speakers Jing Meiying (National Academy of Education Administration) and Mari-Anna Suurmunne (Finnish Embassy in Beijing) with comments from David Wei Liu (University of Alberta). The event was moderated by Yuzhuo Cai (Tampere University).

You can find the recording of the webinar below. Also, find out more about the upcoming events in the GINTL-JoLii Webinar Series ‘Dialogues on Education and Society’ in on our event page.

Recording of the event and presentation materials

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Presentation slides

Bridging Communication between China and Finland UAS Rectors: NAEA Perspective
Dr. Meiying Jing | National Academy of Education Administration (NAEA)

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Higher Education Cooperation between China and Finland: Winds of Change
Mari-Anna Suurmunne, PhD | Embassy of Finland, Beijing

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Higher Education Exchange as Knowledge Diplomacy
Wei Liu, PhD | University of Alberta International

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About the webinar series

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 and global perspective. The dialogues are in various formats, and they are targeted to researchers, policymakers, education practitioners, and administrators.


Global Innovation Network for Teaching and Learning (GINTL) and Sino-Finnish Education Research Centre (SFERC) of Sino-Finnish Joint Learning Innovation Institute (JoLii).


Dr. Jing Meiying

Dr. Jing is the Deputy Director for International Cooperation at the National Academy of Education Administration, China. Dr. Jing obtained her Doctor degree in Management Science from Peking University. She is a visiting researcher of the University of Sydney and Tampere University. Her research interest focusing on organizational change and educational leadership development. She was a key member of national education project titled Transformation of Chinese Local Universities. She is a core member of the EU Erasmus+ project: Governance and Academic Leadership of Chinese and European Universities in the Context of Innovation and Internationalization.  

Dr. Mari-Anna Suurmunne

Mari-Anna Suurmunne the Counsellor of Education and Science at the Finnish Embassy in Beijing. where she facilitates collaboration between Finnish and Chinese Higher Education Institutions. Marianna holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Alberta and has worked in various roles in Higher Education institutions both in Finland and beyond. 

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Dr. David (Wei) Liu

Wei Liu is a practitioner and researcher in Higher Education Internationalization at the University of Alberta International, Canada. He obtained his PhD in Education from Beijing Normal University in 2011 and he was the  2011–2012 Horowitz Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Research for Teacher Education and Development, University of Alberta. In the past ten years, he has been leading the Global Academic Leadership Development program at the University of Alberta, a professional development program for Chinese university administrative leaders. His recent publications have appeared in key international journals such as Journal of Studies in International Education, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, Higher Education Research and Development, and International Journal of Leadership in Education. 

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