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The 2022 calls for proposals for Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes have been opened

The European Commission opened the calls for proposals under the Erasmus+ programme on 24 November 2021. In addition to the usual actions, the programme offers interesting new possibilities such as virtual exchanges in higher education and in the field of youth and DiscoverEU inclusion action which enables more and more youths to get to know Europe by train. The calls for proposals for the European Solidarity Corps programme was opened on 17 November 2021.
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HEI ICI programme provides effective results in the strengthening of teaching in higher education institutions of developing countries

The cooperation development programme HEI ICI (Higher Education Institutions Institutional Cooperation Instrument) supports cooperation projects between HEIs in Finland and HEIs in developing...
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Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Finnish National Agency for Education: Centre of Expertise in Education and Development to help in resolving the global learning crisis

The Centre of Expertise, newly established under the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI), will strengthen Finland’s role in resolving the global learning crisis. The Centre will facilitate the deployment of Finnish education sector expertise in development cooperation and support efforts to strengthen equitable and inclusive quality education in developing countries. At the same time, it will also facilitate the engagement of Finnish actors in the education sector in development cooperation assignments
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Finnish National Agency for Education enhances work that supports integration

Supporting the integration of immigrants, developing the teaching and education of learners with an immigrant background and building a diverse society play an important role in reaching these goals...
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Finnish National Agency for Education promotes the mobility of students’ achievement records in the Nordic and Baltic countries

Using the EMREX service, achievement records can be transferred in a machine-readable format between higher education institutions and other data users nationally and cross borders. In Norway, for...
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OECD comparison: Socio-economic background still a strong influence on educational choices - regional variations in Finland are small

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published its annual indicator comparing education systems, Education at a Glance. The special theme of this year’s publication was equality in education. The report focused mainly on 2019.
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Erasmus+ Vocational Education and Training, Higher Education and General Education: The deadline for applications under the Erasmus+ Teacher Academies action is 7 September 2021

The Erasmus+ Teacher Academies action supports the development of teacher education in European cooperation.
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Erasmus+ Vocational Education and Training and Higher Education: The deadline for applications under Alliances for Innovation is 7 September 2021

Erasmus+ Alliances for Innovation improve Europe's innovation capacity through strategic cooperation of higher education, vocational education and training, and companies.
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International mobility at higher education institutions is gradually getting back to normal

Compared to the year before, the volume of international mobility at higher education institutions is set to increase in autumn semester 2021. This is one of the findings of a survey addressed by the...
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Mika Saarinen has been elected Director of the Finnish National Agency for Erasmus+

Mikko Nupponen, Director of the Finnish National Agency for Erasmus+, will retire. Mika Saarinen, Head of Unit, who has worked with the Erasmus+ program and its predecessor EU programs for 24 years, has been chosen as his successor. Saarinen will start in the new position on July 1, 2021.
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Admission offered to over 6000 applicants to higher education institutions’ English-taught study programmes and art study programmes

The selection in the joint application consisted of programmes offered in English and programmes offered by the University of the Arts and the theatre study programme at Tampere University. Compared...
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Innovation Centre ceases to operate – Finnish National Agency for Education continues to support experimental development

Over its four years of operation, the most important task of the Innovation Centre was to support the development of ECEC and education providers’ operating culture and the creation of innovations...
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News updated on 4 May: The first calls under the new Erasmus+ programme period have been opened

The European Commission opened the first calls for proposals under the Erasmus+ programme period 2021–2027 on 25 March 2021. The deadlines for learning mobility and Partnership for cooperation applications are in May. In addition to familiar actions, funding is also available for new actions that enhance European cooperation.
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Majority of student exchanges cancelled also during spring term

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, higher education institutions have also had to cancel the majority of the student exchanges planned for the spring term. Especially the number of outgoing students from Finland remains lower than anticipated. On the other hand, virtual mobility has started to increase when a growing number of students complete their exchange studies remotely from their home country.
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Over 23 000 applicants to higher education institutions’ English-taught study programmes and art study programmes

A record number of applicants participated in this spring’s first joint application to higher education: the number is approx. 3000 more than the number of applicants in the corresponding joint application last spring. There are also more study places available. The application included English-taught study programmes, studies offered by the University of the Arts and the theatre study programme at Tampere University.
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Joint application to English-taught programmes begins January 7

The first joint application of the spring to universities and universities of applied sciences (UAS) begins on Thursday the 7th of January at 8:00. The joint application ends on Wednesday, the 20th of January at 15:00. The application form can be filled at Studyinfo.fi. No registration or login is required in order to apply.
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Scholarships aimed at international postgraduate students to be renewed at the turn of the year

EDUFI Fellowship and the Finnish Government Scholarship Pool will be merged into one scholarship programme.
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Coronavirus complicates the situation of incoming degree students as well as exchange students in Finland

The coronavirus pandemic has had a considerable impact on international student mobility in higher education institutions (HEIs). In the course of this year, the Finnish National Agency for Education has investigated the situation by means of several surveys on the number of mobilities and the arrangements made by HEIs. The most recent survey revealed that coronavirus has in many ways complicated not only the situation of exchange students but also the situation of foreign degree students in HEIs.
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Finnish survey reveals increase in school absenteeism

Approximately 2–3% of all lower secondary school pupils in Finland constantly have a large number of absences from school. According to Pirjo Koivula, Education Counsellor and the Agency’s National Co-ordinator for Finland, non-attendance has negative consequences for both the individual learner and for wider society. It has been linked to mental health problems and school drop-out, which can both lead to difficulties finding employment and other financial and health problems later in life. The reasons for absenteeism are wide-ranging and include illness, problems at home and social problems at school, such as bullying. The COVID‑19 pandemic has also contributed to absenteeism in Finland: a study by the University of Helsinki and Tampere University in May 2020 found that 8% of teachers had been unable to make any contact with some of their learners during the school closures.
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Coronavirus epidemic delays language tests: from now on, you can only reschedule your registration once

The coronavirus situation has complicated the organisation of National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI) tests. The YKI system is doing its best to ensure that a maximum number of candidates in need of the YKI certificate can sit the test as soon as possible. This certificate may be needed when applying for Finnish citizenship, a study place or a job, for example. In addition to YKI tests, language proficiency in Finnish and Swedish can be demonstrated in the Civil service language proficiency certificate system.