On December 14-16, 2021, Education Finland cluster took over the second floor of the Finland Pavilion. There were three days of exciting programme showcasing Finnish education expertise.

Education Finland cluster offered invited guests three days of inspiring programme on the VIP floor of Finland’s Snow Cape Pavilion. In addition to the scheduled sessions,  Please find information on the programme below.

 

Presentation materials are now available on the materials page:

Finnish education system presented in Dubai

 

14.12.2021 – Teacher of the future/School of the future

Teacher of the future/School of the future

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Opening words

Speakers:

- Ambassador of Finland to the United Arab Emirates, H.E. Marianne Nissilä 

 

Rectors’ Greetings - Introduction to the day

- Ms Hanna Snellman, Vice Rector, University of Helsinki

- Ms Piia Björn, Vice Rector, University of Turku

 

Under the Midnight Sun and the Northern Lights:

Teacher education as a driving force for Finnish Success

- Dr. Kari Kumpulainen, Director of Oulu University Teacher Training School

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Break, meet&greet

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Unique Finnish way for early childhood education and care teaching and learning

Speaker: Inkeri Ruokonen, professor of early childhood education, Turku University

Guests will hear about the key principles of Finnish early childhood education and care. They will have a chance to follow demonstration on teaching early mathematics in Finnish early childhood education teacher training school operated by Turku University. This will be followed by a discussion with local training specialists /teacher trainees who will be commenting on their observations.

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Finnish teacher education combining theory and practice

Speaker: Emmi Hatjasalo, Helsinki University teacher training school

Guests will hear about the way Finnish teacher education combines theory and practice. They will have a chance to follow live stream from the teacher training school of Helsinki University. This will be followed by a discussion with local teacher training specialists /teacher trainees who will be commenting on their observations.

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Finnish approach to Positive education

Speaker: Eliisa Leskisenoja and Suvi-Tuuli Kaleva, Oulu University Teacher training school

How can a teacher create a positive atmosphere in the classroom? Introduction to the topic, followed by observing practice in a Finnish school and reflection with local teachers.

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Break with snacks, meet&greet

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Education leadership and management: facing the future

Speaker: Mr Tapio Lahter & Mr Vesa Valkila

Introduction to the Finnish model on school leadership and how to tackle the current and future challenges followed by a dialogue with:

- Dr. Sameera Abdulla Alhosani

- Dr. Reem Hareth AlQuwaitaei

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Positive leadership and Flourishing Organisation

Speaker: Eliisa Leskisenoja and Suvi-Tuuli Kaleva, Oulu University Teacher training School
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Break

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Keynote panel: Teacher education for the Future + Q&A

Moderator: Ms Katia Al-Kaisi

Panelists: 

Ms Piia Björn,

Ms Hanna Snellman,

Mr Kari Kumpulainen, 

Dean Dr. Najwa Mohammed Alhosani, United Arab Emirates University, College of Education

(other panelists to be confirmed)

 

Panel discussion with vice-rectors of the University of Helsinki, the University of Turku and Director of Oulu Teacher Training School together with local representatives (local teacher training specialists)

15.12.2021 – Student/school of the future

Student/school of the future

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Opening words

Speaker: Mr. Severi Keinälä, Commissioner General of Finland at Expo 2020 Dubai
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Gamification in education

Speaker: Mr Riku Alkio, CEO, Seppo.io
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Break, meet&greet

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Empowering Students for the Future: Making Learning Purposeful in your School

Speakers:

- Mr Stephen Cox, Chief Education Officer, New Nordic School

- Mr Antti Kaskinen, CEO & Co-founder, FGES

 

Empowering Students for the Future: Making Learning Purposeful in your School

What are skills and competencies our children need for the future workforce? How does the learning environment support future skills development? How can your school make learning purposeful the Finnish way?

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Positive pedagogy

Speakers: Eliisa Leskisenoja and Suvi-Tuuli Kaleva, Oulu University Teacher training school
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Break with snacks, meet&greet

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Future skills for employees – competencies we cannot do without

Speakers:

- Ms Shoroke Zedan, CEO & Managing Director, Ta'heal, Egypt

- Ms Mervi Jansson, CEO, Omnia Education Partnerships

 

What are the competencies that are a must for employees, so that we can jointly tackle challenges like climate change or pandemics such as COVID-19? Dialogue on the needs of businesses, followed by a presentation on how Finland is building competence for example in greening and digital skills.

 

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Learning by doing – case examples from a University of Applied Sciences

Speakers: Ms Taina Jyräkoski and Ms Henna Tammisto, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences

Guests will learn through two real life examples, software development for AR glasses and user experience research for exoskeleton, how research and project work combined with our multidisciplinary joint use laboratory as a working space enables students to become professional experts.

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Break, meet&greet

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Supporting learners with special needs in studying and employment

Speakers: Ms Seija Karvonen, Principal, Luovi Vocational College

Dr. Hibah Shata, Chief Executive Office, Maharat Learning Center

Dr. Hanadi Al Suwaidi, Director, Sharjah Centre for Learning Difficulties

 

Guests will hear about how students with special needs can be supported in vocational education and training. 

A case video shows how students are trained for work and independent living. Students will learn skills that are essential in the future and they will get support to find their own pathway to working life.

This will be followed by discussion on special needs education with Luovi professionals and the local actors.

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Keynote: Phenomenal learning

Speaker: Professor Kirsti Lonka, University of Helsinki

Dr. Kirsti Lonka is Professor of Educational Psychology at University of Helsinki, Finland, since 2005. She has worked in many countries on several continents to bring the latest innovations and ideas to Finnish education. She is an international researcher and keynote speaker who has inspired thousands of teachers globally.

 

The keynote is open to everyone, to attend, please register at https://bit.ly/2ZI1uHz

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Q&A – Finnish experts available to answer your questions

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Break

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EF cluster evening reception (separate invitation only)

16.12.2021 – Finnish education as a global service

Finnish education as a global service

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Opening words

Speaker: Jaakko Skantsi, Counsellor, Education and Science, GCC countries

Finnish education / schools in the UAE

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Introduction: Elements of Finnish education

What are the principles on which Finnish education solutions are built? Learn about how the building blocks are transferrable to other contexts as well. Co-creation with clients & tailoring to local needs.

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Break, Meet&greet

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Global success stories

Hear about inspiring cases where Finnish education has been successfully implemented in different countries.

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Break with snacks, meet&greet

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Recap: Elements of Finnish education

What are the principles on which Finnish education solutions are built? Learn about how the building blocks are transferrable to other contexts as well.

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More global success stories

Hear about inspiring cases where Finnish education has been successfully implemented in different countries.

(short break at 15.15)

Keynote panel: Learning together

What makes up for successful implementation of the Finnish model?

 

Moderator: Mr Jaakko Skantsi

Panelists: 

Shoroke Zedan, CEO & Managing Director, Ta’heal, Egypt
Dr Lana Hiasat, Senior Lecturer, Higher Colleges of Technology
Jenifah Abu-Hassan, Senior Instructor, American University of Sharjah
Minna Saadé, Senior Transnational Education Advisor, Helsinki University HY+
Risto Vahanen, Chairman, Finnish Global Education Solutions FGES

Karim Elsafty, CEO, Finnish-British Consortium