Education and Sustainable Development Goals: Policies in China and Finland 

7th webinar of the series ‘Dialogues on education and society’

TypeOpen for all



OrganiserGINTL | JoLII

TopicsWebinar series “Dialogues on education and society”

Welcome to the seventh event of the webinar series “Dialogues on education and society”, co-organised by the Global Innovation Network of Teaching and Learning (GINTL) and the Sino-Finnish Education Research Centre (SFERC) of Sino-Finnish Joint Learning Innovation Institute (JoLii).

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).

Recording of the webinar

Topics and speakers in this webinar

In 2015, the United Nations (UN) adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, providing a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and in the future. The implementation of the blueprint is through achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), set by the UN’s 2030 Agenda. This has significant implications for education. Besides the SDG 4: Quality Education, education is key to the success of the remaining SDGs (UNESCO, 2017). In this webinar researchers from China and Finland will share their insights and research findings related to education and sustainability.

Sustainable educational leadership

Dr. Lili-Ann Wolff
Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki

Dr. Lili-Ann Wolff is a Doctor of Education and Associate Professor in environmental education. She works as a senior lecturer in science education at the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki. Her research interest includes sustainability education from transdisciplinary and critical views combining education (theory, policy, and empirical studies), philosophy (mainly ethics), science didactics, and philosophy of science.

Wolff is an active author with many articles and book chapters in international publications. In addition, she has a long experience of international cooperation and networking as a member of many strategic working groups. 

Green transition in higher education: Universities for sustainable development

Dr. Huang Yu
Institute of International and Comparative Education, Beijing Normal University

Dr. Huang Yu is an associate professor a the Institute of International and Comparative Education at Beijing Normal University, China. His research interests cover fields like environmental education and education for sustainable development, higher education and sustainable development, geographic education, tourism geography and regional geography.

He has conducted more than 20 research projects, and published around 50 articles as well as more than 30 books. His professional career outside of academia includes writing and editing textbooks and popular science books for a variety of publishers. He is a member of The Geographical Society of China, Chinese Society of Comparative Education Research.


Dr. Yuzhuo Cai
Faculty of Management and Business, Tampere University

Yuzhuo Cai is a Senior Lecturer and Adjunct Professor at the Higher Education Group (HEG), Faculty of Management and Business, Tampere University, Finland. He has been with the HEG for 19 years and was the Acting Professor of the unit from August 2013 to July 2014. He is the Director of Sino-Finnish Education Research Centre, a network organisation involving over 20 Chinese and Finnish universities, and the Deputy Director of Research Centre on Transnationalism and Transformation (TRANSIT), an interdisciplinary research centre spanning three faculties at Tampere University. He is also in the coordination group of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Research Network at Tampere University. Learn more here.

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Project coordinators

GINTL Finnish higher education institutions