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OECD indicators: In Finland vocational education and training appeals to people of all ages

Vocational education and training is popular in Finland and attracts a wide range of people of different ages to study. By international standards, vocational education and training is also an...
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Recognition of a qualification completed abroad can now be applied for online

The Finnish National Agency for Education's decision on the recognition of a qualification completed abroad can now be applied for electronically by using the online application form on the Studyinfo webservice. The new application form was introduced on 7 September 2020.
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Finnish schools coped well with the transition to distance education, but students hope for more interaction

As Finland switched to distance education in March 2020, Finnish National Agency for Education launched a study to find out how schools and institutions in primary and secondary education cope with being forced into distance education by the COVID-19 pandemic. The study collates and summarises a number of Finnish studies and reports with the aim of facilitating further reforms and development of education in the future. Both international comparisons and national studies indicate that the transition to and delivery of distance education in Finnish schools and educational institutions were successful considering the circumstances. This is attributed to the high professional skills of teachers and society's investments in education and digitalisation.
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New school year began in contact teaching

Autumn term in Finland started this week, as education providers at local level have set the starting day for basic education to fall between 11.8.–18.8.2020. Schools start in contact teaching, but are ready to switch to distance learning if the epidemiological situation requires. The Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) has provided instructions and support materials on aspects that should be considered when arranging schoolwork in the autumn of 2020.
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Impact of COVID-19 on higher education student mobility in Finland

During the spring semester 2020 the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) collected statistical information on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on international student mobility within higher education to/from Finland.
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Admission offered for over 5000 students to higher education institutions’ English-taught study programmes and studies in the University of the Arts

The most contested fields of study were arts and culture, with only 9 % of applicants being accepted, as well as agriculture and forestry, with an acceptance rate of 12 %. With 29 % of applicants...
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COVID-related restrictions on education gradually lifted in Finland from 14.5.2020

The Government has decided to gradually lift the restrictions on education on the basis of an assessment by the health authorities. Early Childhood Education and Basic Education schools will resume contact teaching on 14 May. Upper secondary education, vocational education and higher education institutions can also do so, but the Government recommends that they continue to provide distance education until the end of the term.
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Nordic Master Call for Proposals 2020

The Nordic Master programme offers funding to joint Nordic programmes at the Master's level. This initiative of the Nordic Council of Ministers supports both the Master's programmes themselves and...
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School premises in Finland closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus

School premises in Finland are closed until 13 April in order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. This concerns basic education from grade 4 to 9, general upper secondary schools and vocational schools throughout the country. Pupils in grades 1-3 in basic education may go to school, but parents are strongly urged to keep their children home whenever possible. Early childhood education and care centres stay open but parents are asked to keep their children home whenever possible.
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Education services and the coronavirus

Schools, educational institutions, early childhood education and care and organisations participating in international projects should take active measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The Finnish National Agency for Education does not provide instructions for matters related to health care as this is the responsibility of the health authorities. Always contact the health authorities by phone if you suspect an infection.
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Higher education programmes offered in English attract more foreign students than earlier

The number of applicants to programmes offered in other than Finnish and Swedish has increased during the last few years.
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The Finnish good PISA results have brought thousands of educationalists to Finland

The Finnish good PISA results have brought thousands of educationalists to Finland The reputation of Finnish education seems to be known in all parts of the world. Thousands of visitors have come to Finland to learn about our system, schools and teachers since the beginning of the 2000s. The National Agency for Education alone has hosted more than 16 000 guests.
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Over 20 000 applicants to higher education institutions’ English-taught study programmes and studies in the University of the Arts

Record number of applicants participated in the joint application of spring 2020: the number is approx. 8000 more than the number of applicants in the corresponding joint application of spring 2019. In the joint application, one could apply to English-taught study programmes as well as studies offered by the University of the Arts.
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FIRST+ Finnish–Russian Student and Teacher Exchange Programme application round ends 2.3.2020

The FIRST+ programme promotes partnerships and collaboration of higher education institutions in Finland and Russia. The programme supports student and teacher mobility between Finnish and Russian...
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EDUFI Finnish-Russian intensive courses for PhD students application round ends 2.3.2020

As part of the FIRST+ programme, also a separate EDUFI Finnish-Russian intensive courses for PhD students call for applications is organised to support intensive courses in the field of humanities and...
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Joint application to English-taught programmes begins tomorrow at 8

Starting from 2020, the joint application to higher education is divided into two separate joint applications. In the upcoming first joint application of the spring, one can apply to study programmes...
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Finnish 15-year-olds still among top performers in reading literacy but growing proportion of low performers needs addressing

OECD’s PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) survey again ranked Finnish 15-year-olds among top performers in reading literacy in OECD countries. This time the focus in the PISA2018 survey, held every three years, was on reading literacy. Compared with 2015, Finnish pupils’ mathematical literacy also remained unchanged, but performance in science literacy declined. Differentiation between students is being addressed with national programmes such as the national literacy forum and a survey of boys' learning challenges
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In a crisis, the safety of the students and the support offered by the schools are paramount

In early October 2019 Finland was shaken by a violent incident at Savo Vocational College in Kuopio. Schools in Finland are supporting pupils and students cope with what has happened. As part of student welfare plan, schools have to prepare a crisis plan and offer psychosocial support to students in a crisis situation. It is important to anticipate different situations, prepare plans on how to act, and to train for these situations regularly. EDUFI supports education providers by information and advice, and by providing materials and training related to security issues.
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Average group sizes in basic education in Finland below the OECD average

Average group sizes in basic education in Finland have for a long time been below the OECD average. This is the case also in 2017, according to this year’s Education at a Glance that was published in September.
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Nordic Master Call for Proposals 2019

The Nordic Master programme offers funding to joint Nordic programmes at the Master's level. This initiative of the Nordic Council of Ministers supports both the Master's programmes themselves and...