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63,000 pupils completed comprehensive education

The number of pupils finishing comprehensive education in 2024 is about 2,000 higher than in 2023, due to a larger age group. Approximately 3,500 pupils graduated from Swedish-speaking schools. In...
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Admission offered to 11 300 applicants in the spring joint application to higher education

The selection in the joint application consisted of programmes offered in English and programmes offered by University of the Arts Helsinki programmes in theatre arts by Tampere University. Over 63...
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The number of people taking the intermediate level YKI test in Finnish has increased – tests become fully booked fast

In the past few years, the intermediate level tests for the National Certificates of Language Proficiency (YKI) in Finnish have been booked up increasingly fast. The reasons behind this include a growing interest in completing the YKI test and the limited number of test locations and dates. The majority of those who take the test use the certificate to prove sufficient language proficiency when applying for Finnish citizenship.
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EDUFI Active in Developing Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Regional Facility for Teachers in Africa (RFTA) supports developing teacher education and teacher professional development through offering technical assistance for teacher governance in sub...
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New Student Ambassador Program attracts international talent to Finland

The idea behind the Study in Finland Student Ambassador Program, launched in January, is to enhance Finland's visibility as a study destination and to attract enthusiastic international students to...
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Number of higher education students’ mobility periods abroad not as high as during peak years – universities and universities of applied sciences developing in different directions in terms of mobility

In 2023, higher education students in Finland completed a total of just over 10,000 mobility periods abroad, counting both long-term and short-term periods. Compared to the previous year, the total number of mobility periods completed increased by 21%, or 1,750 periods. The data was collected by Vipunen – Education Statistics Finland.
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The demand for higher education has increased – especially more experts in engineering and service sectors are needed

Finland requires increasingly more education, particularly for engineering programs and service sectors. The future need for education is also driven by the professionalisation of the workforce and a high rate of retirement in the social and health sectors.
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The number of applicants in the joint application to higher education in English reached a new high

The first joint application for higher education institutions in spring 2024 ended on Wednesday, 17 January. There were about 8,300 starting places to apply to in 412 study programmes. Roughly half of...
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Joint application to higher education degree programmes in English begins

The first joint application to universities of applied sciences and universities starts 3.1. The closing date for applications is 17.1. The application can be completed at studyinfo.fi. The joint application contains a total of about 8,300 study places, which is almost 1,000 more than a year ago.
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PISA results reflect broader changes in Finnish society

The latest PISA results indicate that Finnish 15-year-olds’ competence in mathematics, literacy and natural sciences alike have deteriorated. On the other hand, Finland still is above the average of the 38 OECD countries in all subjects. A decline compared to the top results of 2006 is, however, a fact that the Finnish National Agency for Education takes very seriously, even if this is a trend that all Western countries have shared in recent years.
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PISA 2022: Performance fell in nearly all OECD countries

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The 2024 Erasmus+ call will focus on the common values of the EU

The European Commission has opened the 2024 call for applications for the Erasmus+ programme. A total of around EUR 60 million is available for Finland in this round. The actions and application deadlines will remain the same as in previous years, but new features include an increase in green travel grants.
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9 950, i.e. 18% of the applicants, offered admission in the autumn joint application to higher education institutions

The results of the autumn joint application have been published. The joint application included programmes starting in January 2024. 55,420 applicants participated in the joint application, of whom 9...
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Foreign Ministry to support five Finnish higher education institutions in their collaboration with developing countries

In 2024–2026, the higher education cooperation of Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs will prioritise teacher education, climate change and the circular economy, and food security. The Foreign Ministry grants just over EUR 6 million to the seven projects approved for the partnership programme.
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Over 9 400 study places available in the autumn joint application 

The autumn joint application to higher education begins on 4th September 2023 at 8:00 (UTC+3) and ends on 14th September at 15:00 (UTC+3). In the autumn joint application, you can apply to degree programmes starting in January 2024. You can fill in the application on Studyinfo.fi.
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Qualification requirements in VET are developed in a customer-oriented manner

An international peer review examined how the Finnish National Agency for Education uses the feedback received from customers in the development of the qualification requirements and in ensuring their high quality. The transparency and participatory nature of the processes was considered a strength of the Finnish system. There is room for improvement in the systematic utilisation of feedback data and communication about the different stages of the qualification requirements work.
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Number of people utilising Finnish higher education institutions’ guidance services aimed at students with an immigrant or foreign background increased

The number of students with an immigrant or foreign background studying at Finnish higher education institutions has increased significantly, having more than doubled between 2010 and 2020. The customer numbers of guidance services intended to support the higher education and employment of people born outside of Finland have also increased significantly in recent years, reveals a newly published report by the Finnish National Agency for Education.
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Admission offered to 9,600 applicants in the spring joint application to higher institutions

Over 61,300 applicants applied to English-taught study programmes and art study programmes offered in the joint application this spring, with 16 % receiving an offer of admission. Since 2022, the number of applications doubled.
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The number of higher education students’ mobility periods abroad increased, but did not yet reach pre-pandemic levels

Recent statistics in Vipunen – Education Statistic Finland show an increase in the number of mobility periods Finnish higher education students completed abroad in 2022. However, the figures are still far from the pre-pandemic levels. Especially the mobility of students of universities of applied sciences (UAS) seems to be recovering slowly.
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The centralized advisory address related to the corona situation and the effects of Russia's attack on Ukraine has been deactivated

The e-mail address info(a)oph.fi, which at the Finnish National Agency for Education was used for inquiries related to the exceptional times in recent years, has been deactivated. The centralized advisory address has been used for issues related to education, training and teaching during the corona pandemic and after the start of Russia's attack on Ukraine. We continue to serve at our regular advisory mail addresses, which are monitored by experts in our subject areas.