Reflections on the GINTL symposium at the 2023 FERA Conference: ‘Bridging education research, practice and global education development’ 


Published Elizabeth Eta, Kinnari Pandya, Jenny Niu, Tea Kangasvieri, Richardine Poulton-Busler

This year, just like last year, Global Innovation Network for Teaching and Learning (GINTL) organised a symposium at the FERA conference centred around the theme ‘Bridging education research, practice and global education development’. In this blogpost, we present highlights from the symposium presentations, emphasise the significance of collaboration as core principle in closing the research-practice gap in education development, and present some key takeaways.

Student reflections on training placement in Kolkata: Intercultural learning experiences and kindness of staff members


Published Siiri Salminen, Ella Markkola, Selina Keränen

In this short report, students from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, will share experiences from the Heritage School, from July-August 2023. There were altogether four students at the practice placement, and this report is composed by three, Siiri, Ella and Selina, who spent their time with the smaller children, in Ankur and Ankuran. We will look back on all the experiences we had throughout our interesting time at the Heritage school.

NCERT and GINTL India present: Webinar Series on early childhood education and care



Department of Elementary Education at the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is holding a series of webinars on Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) under the MoU between NCERT and National Agency of Education (EDUFI) and GINTL, Finland.

Student reflections on training placement in Kolkata: Letters from India


Published Jimi Rytkönen

GINTL India and Nordic Centre in India piloted a training placement for JYU teacher students in summer 2023. In this blog one of the student Jimi Rytkönen tells about his time in India. Jimi shares in his blog observations and reflections on teaching in a different cultural and educational setting. Language of the blog is Finnish.

Finland-Africa Academic Celebrations: Research Day and Academic Night in focus


Published Elizabeth Eta, Nico Stockmann (GINTL Africa coordination)

27 and 28 October 2023 marked a remarkable milestone in the history of academic events dedicated to Africa in Finland. During this two-day span, Finland witnessed the celebration of the African Research Day and the African Academic Night. Both are a pair of events that not only showcased the broad spectrum of Finland-Africa academic collaborations encompassing education development, research and publishing, capacity development, teaching and exchange programmes but also provided a platform for individuals and organisations involved in Africa-related initiatives to come together, forge connections, and network in a relaxed environment enriched by traditional dances, enthralling music, and delectable cuisine. In this article, we delve into the essence of the twin events while highlighting their significance, occurring during a time when interest in Finland-Africa collaboration is surging!

Educational experts, teachers, and students in Nairobi, Kenya mapped the changing education landscape of the 21st century


Published Joni Karjalainen (University of Turku)

In October, Kenyan educational experts discussed emerging issues in the local context with their Finnish counterparts. Education in Kenya is navigating a digital transformation, and university educators aim to meet quality learning, faced with the use of emerging technologies in societies whose values are also changing.

UniArts GINTL collaborative seminars in Tanzania


Published UniArts GINTL

During November, UniArts GINTL joined seminars in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, fostering discussions on artistic thinking and pedagogy. Collaborating with local partners like Nafasi Art Space, Alama Art and Media Production, and the University of Dar es Salaam, the seminars delved into various paths to becoming an artist and envisioned potential futures through arts education. The sessions also explored ethical dimensions of arts pedagogy. Captured by Tanzanian filmmakers, these collaborations aim to develop a digital platform in 2024, sustaining these connections and documenting the journey.

Africa networks teacher exchange program 2023 – South Africa and Finland universities collaborate in music education


Published Frank Ojwang, Project Coordinator of Africa Networks, Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä

The JYU Africa Network hosted two teachers from the University of Zululand (UNIZULU) in the autumn 2023 with funding from the Global Innovation Network for Teaching and Learning (GINTL) and Southern Africa and Finland Network on Mental Health and Well-being (SAFINET), and one teacher from the University of Pretoria (UP) was hosted in the spring of 2023 with funding from the International Visiting Fellowship (IVF) grant. The teacher exchange program was jointly coordinated by the University of Oulu (OY) and JYU and involved participation of the UNIZULU teachers in both OY and JYU.

UniPID publication: Ethical guidelines for responsible academic partnerships with the Global South

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Published Finnish University Partnership for International Development (UniPID)

UniPID, in collaboration with TENK and an international steering group, has published the Ethical Guidelines for Responsible Academic Partnerships with the Global South. Since 2021, the Finnish University Partnership for International Development (UniPID), the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity (TENK), and an international steering group have been developing Ethical Guidelines for Responsible Academic Partnerships with the Global South. Now, it is time to share it with you!

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