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


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.


Internationationality in transition: What’s in it for GINTL?

Africa, China, India, Global

Published Hanna Posti-Ahokas (GINTL)

GINTL participated in the annual Spring Forum for Higher Education Institutions to share and learn about current discussions around internationalisation. The coordination teams from University of Helsinki and University of Jyväskylä wish to share a few key takeaways for the future work of GINTL.

University of Jyväskylä GINTL Funding Call 2023 open

Africa, China, India, Global

Published University of Jyväskylä

JYU staff, doctoral researchers and postdoctoral researchers in collaboration with the permanent academic staff of the university are eligible to apply for JYU GINTL Funding. GINTL India is coordinated at the Faculty of Education and Psychology (JYU), but applications from all faculties are welcome. The deadline for the applications is 31.7.2023.

Call for abstracts: Sino-Finnish Joint Learning Innovation Institute (JoLII) Global Conference “Education for the Future” (closed)



The JoLII-GINTL Global Conference 2023 will be hosted by the University of Helsinki on 15-16 August 2023. The topic of the conference is “Education for the Future”. The Conference is planned as an onsite event in Helsinki, Finland. Presenters from China, Finland as well as from other parts of the world are welcome to submit their work through this call for abstracts. The submission deadline is 30 April 2023.


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