The Finnish education system consists of pre-primary and basic education, general and vocational education and higher education. The compulsory schooling consists of one-year pre-primary education for 6-year-olds and nine-year basic education for children aged 7-16.
Education and qualifications
Liberal adult education institutions offer grassroots education and continuous learning to all citizens nationwide in Finland. The aim of liberal adult education is to promote social cohesion, equality and active citizenship. The aim is also to support the well-being and versatile development of the citizens.
Education and qualifications Liberal adult education
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
Universities outside Finland can apply for financial support from the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) to acquire Finnish study material and subscribe to magazines to support their teaching of Finnish language and culture.
Development Higher education Internationalisation
Finland as a strong actor in the global learning crisis - a national education sector development cooperation seminar 26.-27.11.2019
A national education sector development cooperation seminar will be held in November 2019, with a focus on solving the global learning crisis and identifying successful multi-stakeholder collaboration models.
Programmes Internationalisation Education development
Jean Monnet supports teaching and research related to the European Union. The activities are open for higher education institutions as well as organisations and associations working in the field of higher education worldwide.
Higher education Erasmus+ Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Erasmus+ for higher education Internationalisation
The European Universities Initiative within the Erasmus+ Programme includes close and ambitious cooperation between higher education networks, increased student and staff mobility and strengthening the connections between education, research and innovations.
Knowledge Alliances are large-scale projects between higher education institutions and enterprises that develop higher education and support the creation of new innovations.
Higher education Erasmus+ Erasmus+ for higher education Internationalisation
Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees are high-level internationalstudy programmes, jointly delivered by multiple higher education institutions. The Erasmus Mundus programme includes studies in at least two different countries. Students have access to considerable scholarships and they receive a degree from at least two European higher education institutions after graduation.
Programmes Higher education Erasmus+ for higher education Internationalisation