On 10.11.2022 the China-Finnish Applied Science Universities Collaboration Seminar co-organized by the China Education Association For International Exchange (CEAIE) and the Finnish University of Applied Sciences China-Network (China-Network) was successfully held in a hybrid combination of online and on-site.
This seminar focuses on the cooperation between Applied Universities in China and Finland, and encourages the exchange and mutual learning of Applied Universities in the two countries in terms of discipline construction, talent training, and teacher construction. Through the interpretation of the latest policies, the sharing of experience on the development path of application-oriented characteristics, and thematic seminars, the Chinese and Finnish participants had an active discussion.
Ms. Bo Fu, Deputy Secretary-General of CEAIE, Mr. Lei Zhao, Director of Division of European Affairs, Department of International Cooperation and Exchange, Ms. Tiina Vihma-Purovaara, Senior Ministerial Advisor of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland, Mr. Timo Sysiö, Counselor of Press and Culture, Embassy of Finland in China and other guests attended the seminar and delivered speeches.
Deputy Secretary-General of CEAIE Ms. Bo Fu said in her speech that with the strong support of the Ministry of Education of the two countries, positive progress and gratifying results have been achieved. Through activities such as the Sino-Finnish University of Applied Sciences Presidents Forum and the "Sino-Finnish Talent Training Program", we will explore the path of win-win cooperation and build a platform for Sino-Finnish universities to carry out innovative, diverse and pragmatic cooperation.
Mr. Lei Zhao, Director of Division of European Affairs, Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges, Chinese Ministry of Education, pointed out that in recent years, the Chinese government has stepped up efforts to promote the reform of applied undergraduate institutions and international exchanges, and improve the training level of applied skilled talents. The higher education institutions of both sides will focus on key areas of cooperation, continue to explore innovative forms of cooperation, improve the quality of cooperation, and jointly serve the economic and social development of the two countries.
Ms. Tiina Vihma-Purovaara, Senior Ministerial Adviser of Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, introduced to the situation of mutual learning and in-depth cooperation between Chinese and Finnish Applied Universities, the significance and expectations of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture to establish the Finnish University of Applied Sciences China-Network, and hoped that through this hybrid seminar, both parties can further expand the scale of cooperation, improve the quality of cooperation, and jointly design and carry out a variety of exchange activities. She emphasized that China has always been one of the important educational partners of the Finnish government, and Finland will take more active measures to support international education cooperation with China in the future.
The representative of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences China-Network - President of Laurea University of Applied Sciences Mr. Jouni Koski also introduced the Finnish "two-track" higher education system, the differences between Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences and Comprehensive Universities, the characteristics of Finnish University of Applied Sciences and China-Network of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences.
Prof. Lijie Pu, Vice President of University Council, Nanjing Institute of Technology; Dr. Hannu Poutiainen, Senior Lecture, South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk); Dr. Tomi Pitkäaho, R&D Manager at Centria University of Applied Sciences; Dr. Dawei Zhang, Head of Robotics Engineering Department, School of Electronic Information and Automation, Tianjin University of Science and Technology; Prof. Qun Xu, School of Basic Medicine, Peking Union Medical College; Ms. Yue Wang, Senior Advisor at Global Education, Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) have given speech during the hybrid seminar on the three panels of clean energy, automation, and pension technology.
The hybrid seminar attracted more than 100 participants from Chinese higher education institutions and Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS). All parties focused on the new opportunities for international educational exchanges under the new normal, and were full of confidence in promoting China-Finland applied higher education cooperation in the post-epidemic era.