University of Helsinki and University of Jyväskylä jointly celebrated Africa Day 2024


Published Elizabeth Eta (University of Helsinki), Frank Ojwang (University of Jyväskylä)

The University of Jyväskylä’s Coalition of African Networks and the University of Helsinki as part of GINTL Africa co-organised the 2024 Africa Day event in Jyväskylä on 24 May. We celebrated the day under the theme “Re-thinking African education systems for the 21st century”. In this blog post, we present highlights and reflections from the event, focusing on the keynote speeches, panel discussions, and the controversial debate surrounding this year’s theme and the purpose of Africa Day.

FUTE project: GINTL network expanded to develop sustainability in teacher education


Published Sari Havu-Nuutinen, Ella Suortti (University of Eastern Finland)

The University of Eastern Finland, University of Turku, University of Namibia and University of Dar es Salaam have started a new Higher Education Partnership (HEP) project. Originally, the project is rooted in a GINTL collaboration. The newly funded project aims to develop collaborative activities to promote education for sustainable development in teacher education by focusing on sustainability competences, pedagogical solutions and implementing the sustainability activities in regards of the local needs. Following the goals of GINTL, the project aims to support lifelong learning and inclusive education in teacher education.

Call for posters: Africa Day 2024



GINTL Africa is once again teaming up with the University of Jyväskylä – Coalition of African Networks to co-organise Africa Day on May 24th, from 12:00 to 16:30 at the University of Jyväskylä main library. This year's theme for the Africa Day is "Educating an African fit for the 21st Century". The theme underscores the importance of enhancing access, inclusivity, quality, and relevance learning. Submit a poster for the event by 19 May.

Physical Education Development in Tanzania


Published GINTL Africa, Niina Loukkola,

GINTL Tanzania Physical Education Development practical workshops were held in South Tanzania as a joint collaboration between University of Oulu, University of Eastern Finland and LiiKe NGO. Collaborating partners in Tanzania were University of Dar es salaam, State University of Zanzibar and Sports Development Aid.

HEP-TED project paves the way for higher education cooperation between Finland and Rwanda


Published Aino Okinyo

Anticipation fills the conference hall in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, as Finnish and Rwandan higher education leaders convene for the inaugural meeting of the HEP-TED project. This occasion marks the culmination of years of collaborative efforts between six higher education institutions: the University of Helsinki, the University of Rwanda, Tampere University, Rwanda Polytechnic, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, and Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences.

GINTL Dialogue: Reflect, vision, share

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 | GINTL coordination at universities of Helsinki and Jyväskylä

Main topic: Conferences and workshops

At the end of 2024, the Global Innovation Network for Teaching and Learning (GINTL) will be moving to a new era. Our current funding scheme comes to an end and new plans need to be developed. The network coordination would therefore like to call for a two-day Dialogue event to reflect on what has been learnt, to envision future collaboration, and to share examples of current and past work. Day 1 of the Dialogue is addressed to all stakeholders who have already participated in GINTL activities, while Day 2 is open for everyone interested in Global Education Development.

GINTL FAQ: Pursuing PhD in Educational Sciences in Finland

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Published GINTL India Coordination

GINTL often receives inquiries regarding PhD studies in educational sciences in Finland. In this post, we have put together information on programme options, admission, study structure, and funding. The text is part of the GINTL FAQs series, where we respond to some questions that are frequently addressed to the GINTL network coordination. Kindly note the post is not updated on a regular basis. For most recent information, please refer to individual university websites and to

From ground to global: Connected actions advocating agroecology for food sovereignty

AfricaRegistration required

 | Tampere University | Biowatch South Africa

Main topic: GINTL Network

Biowatch South Africa will facilitate an exchange of experiences from their work with agroecology farmers to platforms for shared learning and advocacy in response to crises arising from the global industrialised food system. Biowatch supports smallholder farmers, works together with other civil society organisations, and engages decision-makers to challenge the industrialised food system and demonstrate agroecology as a means of ensuring biodiversity while attaining food and seed sovereignty and social justice.

Lessons Learned: Thematic workshop 2

Africa, China, India, GlobalRegistration required

Main topic: Conferences and workshops

In 2024, the Global Innovation Network for Teaching and Learning (GINTL) will be identifying and sharing a set of “lessons learned” from GINTL funding. This is the first workshop to work on the lessons learned outputs.

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