Broadening collaboration in teaching, learning & teacher education 

About GINTL China

GINTL China aims to strengthen the existing Sino-Finnish ‘Joint Learning Innovation Institute’ (JoLII) partnership with Beijing Normal University, initiated in 2016, and initiate new collaboration with higher education institutions in China. We build upon the expertise of our 14 Finnish higher education institutions and Chinese partner institutions to benefit the network and look for new and innovative initiatives.  

We welcome and support Finnish and Chinese higher education institutions to participate in GINTL China activities in the areas of teaching, learning and teacher education. We also serve as a platform for other organisations and individuals who are interested in research-based collaborations in the GINTL focus areas. 

GINTL China Coordination Team

Sai Väyrynen

Academic Director


Jenny Shuanghong Niu

Postdoctoral Researcher


Nico Stockmann

Research Assistant


Olli-Pekka Malinen

Regional Expert (China)


Maaria Manyando

Project Coordinator



GINTL Coffee Chat with the University of the Arts Helsinki: Impact of GINTL research projects on teaching and learning

Africa, China, India, Global

Main topics: Coffee Chat, GINTL Network

Welcome to the January 2023 GINTL Coffee Chat with guest speakers Heli Kauppila and Marika Orenius from the University of the Arts Helsinki. The session will focus on the on the topic of the transfer of (GINTL) research project knowledge and learnings into teaching, learning, and university development. Join us for an online conversation and opportunities to share about your current work.

Cultural traditions and modern education: Experiences in China

ChinaOpen for all

Main topic: Webinar series “Dialogues on education and society”

Welcome to the ninth event of the webinar series “Dialogues on education and society”, co-organised by the GINTL and the Sino-Finnish Education Research Centre (SFERC) of Sino-Finnish Joint Learning Innovation Institute (JoLII). In the webinar, the speakers Jyrki Kallio (Finnish Institute of International Affairs, FIIA) and Xiaoyang Wang (Capital Normal University) will share how certain aspects of education were understood in the ancient Confucian texts and tradition. In addition, they will reflect how those understandings are connected to present-day expressions concerning the purpose of education in China. The speakers and chair Baocun Liu (Beijing Normal University) will also reflect what the modern higher education could learn and adopt from the Confucian tradition.

Sino-Finnish JoLii Global conference 2022: ‘Future perspectives of teacher development’

ChinaOpen for all

Main topics: Conference, JoLii

The Sino-Finnish JoLii Global conference 2022 is planned to be held on 28–29 November 2022. The host university is South-West University in China. Please find the call for abstracts proposal from attached file. The conference will focus on future perspectives of teacher development. The topics include new pedagogic approaches on teacher development in the digital world, teacher development, and learning community.

GINTL Early Childhood Teacher Education Conference 2022: ‘Trends and perspectives in early childhood teacher education’

China, GlobalOpen for all

Main topics: Conference, Teacher Education

The conference focuses on early childhood teacher education and especially the development of teaching practice. It will feature informative research-based presentations by skilled educational researchers and international scholars. Among the keynote speakers are Professor Xiumin Hong from Beijing Normal University, Professor Ruben Fukkink from Amsterdam University. The call for papers is open from the 15 June to the 15 September, 2022.

Collaboration in the region

Lecture series: ‘Competence-based teacher education in Finland’

Teacher Training

The lecture series is organised by the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Helsinki, the Faculty of Education of Northeast Normal University in China, and co-organised with Pedagogy Finland ry. The event aims to provide a communication channel for teachers and students on how to develop teacher competence to face challenges in teaching. Five excellent speakers, working in Finland, have been invited to the events, and the events attracted over 940 participants from 35 institutions in China and Finland. It has broadened their knowledge, understanding, and vision on teacher education.

Quality assurance in joint degree programmes between Finland and China

Quality Assessment Framework, Research

The project involves: 1) Developing a database of Sino-Finnish joint degree provision programmes, 2) Organising a conference on quality assurance in Sino-Finnish joint degree provision, 3) Publishing the quality assurance guidelines for Sino-Finnish degree provision, potentially in collaboration with the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) and the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (Karvi). The aim of the project is furhtermore to pilot the Sino-Finnish joint degree provision guidelines in collaboration with TAMK and its partner, Chinese Regional University and in an ongoing dual degree programme initiative between Tampere University and Tongji University.

Bilingual book series: Chinese & Finnish education in global societal transformation


Tampere University’s Sino-Finnish Education Research Centre (SFERC) will publish a bilingual publication on ‘Chinese & Finnish Education in Global Societal Transformation’. Researchers in both the GINTL and JoLII networks will be invited to contribute to the book chapters.

Designing a joint master’s degree programme

Curriculum Development, Intervention, Mobility, Research, Shared Teaching

Global education activity. Developing an master’s degree programme tailored for the Chinese customer’s needs, for example existing ELEIC (Early language education for intercultural communication) master’s degree which is offered by the Philosophical Faculty at the University of Eastern Finland, could be used as a frame or a starting point for the new programme.


Five takeaways about global education: Key-learnings from attending the SDG-4 Seminar Jyväskylä in 2022

Africa, China, India, Global

Published Jorina Sendel

How do you feel reading the news, nowadays? Do you sometimes also feel like a catastrophe is following the others? Have you ever thought about the influences of these catastrophes on global education? We live in a time of crisis. This has an impact not only on our personal lives, but also on education systems around the world. Catastrophes like the COVID-19 crisis, wars, and natural catastrophes are affecting formal education.

GINTL’s thematic session at the 2022 JoLII Conference


Published Olli-Pekka Malinen and Jenny Shuanghong Niu

At this year’s Sino-Finnish Joint Learning Innovation Institute (JoLII) Conference, GINTL had the pleasure of hosting a thematic session by the Global Innovation Network for Teaching and Learning (GINTL)’s China coordination, on the topic of ‘Sino-Finnish collaboration in teaching, learning and teacher education’. This session was built up of three presentations, each from a different GINTL-funded initiative, with afterwards a panel discussion by the presenters as well as additional discussants. The session was chaired by Dr. Olli-Pekka Malinen from the GINTL China Coordination at the University of Helsinki.

Finnish Asia Network publication: “Finnish online education cooperation with Asian higher education institutions: recommendations for future projects”

China, India

Published Ville Sava

The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to rearrange educational programmes in unexpected ways. In order to gauge how Finnish education cooperation projects with Asian partner institutions have met the challenges and identified good practices, a survey was conducted by the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies as part of the Digitree project funded by the Finnish National Agency for Education. This report summarises management and cooperation practices that have worked well, as well as issues that could be improved upon for the benefit of future projects.

Decisions on new GINTL funding applications at the University of Helsinki have been made

Africa, China, India, Global


The decisions on applications for Global Innovation Network for Teaching and Learning (GINTL) collaboration funding in Africa, China and India for the application round in spring/summer 2022 at the University of Helsinki have been made. This included the finding calls for 1) GINTL seed funding 2022-2023, and 2) GINTL project funding 2022-2024.


We are a network of dedicated scholars and practitioners, who work jointly with our partners to co-create research-based solutions for local needs.

Together, we can spark cycles of learning for better education. 

Coordinating University

GINTL Finnish higher education institutions