Beijing Normal University, China’s leading teacher education university, signed on Monday, 16th of November, two documents with University of Helsinki to strengthen its cooperation with Finnish universities. Mr. Hao Ping, the Vice Minister of Education of China, and Ms. Anita Lehikoinen, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland, witnessed the signing ceremony.
Finnish education system has been observed and appreciated by Chinese education experts already for many years. Chinese education delegations have been frequent visitors to Finland and the latest developments in the Finnish education system have been widely reported by the Chinese media. This has promoted the bilateral collaboration that was put under one framework by the Ministries of Education of the two countries in June this year with the signing of a memorandum of cooperation on strengthening comprehensive cooperation on education during Vice Premier Liu Yandong’s visit to Finland.
University of Helsinki has been one of the most active members of the Finnish-Chinese cooperation in this field. University of Helsinki is also one of the leading universities in Finland in teacher education that is a hot topic in the Finnish-Chinese cooperation. Today, China’s leading teacher education university, Beijing Normal University and the University of Helsinki signed an agreement that covers not just teacher training, but also research cooperation and joint master’s program.
The research cooperation included in this agreement covers many important topics such as coping with students‘ individual differences and the ways in which personalized learning support can be implemented in schools, and applying new research methods and tools of neuroscience for providing new knowledge about students’ learning processes and wellbeing.
University of Helsinki is the Finnish representative also for the second document signed with the Beijing Normal University. It concerns the Sino-Finnish Joint Learning Innovation Institute that is a collaboration platform for Chinese and Finnish universities with Beijing Normal University and University of Helsinki as the national coordinating universities.
The Sino-Finnish Joint Learning Innovation Institute has several aims including the promotion of basic education research and applications, the facilitation of faculty and student exchanges, introduction of education research and involvement of Chinese and Finnish enterprises in education research and development, professional teacher training and innovative digital solutions in education.
The collaboration document was signed by Ms. Anna Mauranen, Vice Rector of University of Helsinki, and Mr. Dong Qi, President of Beijing Normal University. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Mr. Hao Ping, the Vice Minister of Education of China, and Ms. Anita Lehikoinen, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland, witnessed the signing ceremony.