Reforms on higher education admissions in China and Finland


WhereOnline through Zoom (registration required)

OrganiserGINTL | JoLII

TopicsWebinar series “Dialogues on education and society”

While university admission decisions impact the educational experiences and labor market outcomes for millions of students each year, the best method to determine admissions has been vigorously debated by academics and policymakers across the globe. In this webinar we will take a closer look at the recent reforms of HE admissions in Finland and China, comparing their implications for potential students and HE systems. We invite you to the 11th webinar of the series “Dialogues on education and society”!

Speakers and presentation topics

The university student admission reform and private tutoring markets in Finland

Suvi Jokila

Postdoctoral Researcher (Academy of Finland), Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning and Education (CELE), University of Turku


In this presentation, Suvi Jokila will introduce the university student admission reform in Finland by discussing the drivers and aims of the reform. After the introduction, she will present her findings on the related private tutoring markets. 

Suvi Jokila

Suvi Jokila, PhD is a postdoctoral researcher (Academy of Finland) at the Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning and Education (CELE), University of Turku. Her main research interests include policies on internationalisation in higher education, international student mobility, commercialisation processes in student admission and intranational mobility.

She has worked in the KONE-funded Privatisation and Access to Higher Education (PAHE) -project. She co-leads the research project International Students in Times of Crisis (EqualISM) and is currently working on her Academy of Finland funded Shadows-project focusing on intranational educational mobility in Finland.

The reform of China’s Gaokao: Beyond an educational matter

Xiaguang Shi

Professor, Graduate School of Education, Peking University
Deputy Director, Center for International Higher Education, Peking University


One of the most lively discussion topics in both the Chinese academic community and the public is the reform of the Gaokao, which refers to the reform of the National College Entrance Examination (NCEE). The Gaokao is a currently useful and usable mechanism of college admission system in China. Debates on the system not only need to take into the issue of helping higher education institutions with the selection of eligible freshmen among the thousands of applicants from secondary education into account, but also must also consider sensitivity of the matter in relation to social justice and educational equality.

Since 1977, the Chinese system of Gaokao, which was restoratively re-established under the suggestion of Deng Xiaoping, has been in place for more than four decades. Many efforts have been made during the past forty years – academically and practically – which results in great deal of change to have taken place, particularly over the last ten years.

In his presentation Dr. Shi will provide an introduction into the topic of the Gaokao and its reform attempts before discussing Gaokao reforms in a comparative perspective.

About Xiaguang Shi

Dr. Shi currently serves as a Professor in the Graduate School of Education, and Deputy Director of the Center for International Higher Education at Peking University. He is also Vice President of the China Comparative Education Society. Shi’s academic focus lies in the field of international and comparative education policy, where he authored or edited numerous publications, such as “Rising China’s Research University”.

Chair of the webinar

This webinar will be chaired by Henna Juusola, University Instructor / postdoctoral researcher, Faculty of Management and Business, Tampere University.

About the webinar series “Dialogues on education and society”

The GINTL-JoLII webinar series “Dialogues on education and society” engages leading experts in dialogues on Chinese and Finnish education and society with a comparative broader European and global perspective. The dialogues are in various formats, and they are targeted to researchers, policymakers, education practitioners, and administrators.

The webinar series is jointly organised by the Global Innovation Network of Teaching and Learning (GINTL) and the Sino-Finnish Education Research Centre (SFERC) of the Sino-Finnish Joint Learning Innovation Institute (JoLII).


Please contact the organising team in case of any questions and inquiries.

Olli-Pekka Malinen

Regional Expert (China)


Nico Stockmann

Research Assistant


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