Orientation Seminars for American Grantees

Fall Orientation Seminar 2017

The Fall Orientation for the 2017-2018 U.S. Fulbright grantees took place on August 21-24, 2017

Orientation Program (pdf) (updated September 12, 2017)

 

 

 

Presentations

What Do I Need to Do With Taxes in Finland?
Joakim Frände, Tax Manager, People Services, KPMG Finland

Higher Education in Finland, Panel Discussion

Panelists:

Erja Heikkinen, Counsellor for Science Affairs, Department for Higher Education and Science Policy, Ministry for Education and Culture
Teemu Kokko, President, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences
Timo Korkeamäki, Dean of Research, Professor, Hanken School of Economics

Academy of Finland 2017: Research Funding for Basic Science
Johanna Hakala, Manager, International Affairs, Academy of Finland, Fulbright MCPD Grantee 2012
Tiina Jokela, Senior Science Adviser, Academy of Finland

5 Things an American Fulbrighter Should Know About Finnish History
Petteri Granat, Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Grantee 2014-2015, History Teacher, Vaskivuori High School

The Great Transition Towards Sustainable Well-Being
Veera Heinonen, Director for Communications and Public Affairs, The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra

Finland: The Adventure of Cross-Cultural Communication
Sophia Hagolani-Albov, Doctoral Student, University of Helsinki; Fulbright U.S. Student Grantee 2013-2014
David Yoken, Senior Lecturer, Arts Academy, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Member of the Fulbright Finland Foundation Board of Directors

Suomi 101
Elisa Repo, Fulbright Finnish Language and Culture Teaching Assistant 2014-2015
 

Spring Orientation Seminar 2017

The Spring Orientation for the 2016-2017 U.S. Fulbright grantees took place on January 25-27, 2017

Orientation program (pdf) (updated January 25, 2017)

Presentations

5 Things an American Fulbrighter Should Know about Finnish History
Petteri Granat, History Teacher, Vaskivuoren lukio, Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Alum 2014-2015

Panel Discussion: Finnish System of Education (K-12): National, Municipal and School-level
Panelists:
Eija Kauppinen, Counsellor for Education, Finnish National Agency for Education,
Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Alum 2010-2011

Hanna Björkman, Head of International Relations, City of Helsinki, Department of Education
Petteri Granat, History Teacher, Vaskivuoren lukio, Fulbright Distinguished Awards in
Teaching Alum 2014-2015

Finnish System of Higher Education and Research
Teemu Kokko, President, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences
Timo Korkeamäki, Dean of Research, Professor of Finance, Hanken School of Economics

Suomi 101
Heidi Toivonen, Teacher of Finnish, Kannaksen lukio, Finnish Language and Culture Teaching Assistant Alum 2007-2008
 

Fall Orientation Seminar 2016

The Fall Orientation for the 2016-2017 U.S. Fulbright grantees will take place on August 22-25, 2016.

Orientation Program (pdf) (updated August 30, 2016)

 

Get to know the 2016-2017 U.S. Fulbrighters: CV Catalog (pdf)

Information and instructions for participating U.S. Fulbrighters are available here.

 

Presentations:

Panel Discussion on Finnish Higher Education
Erja Heikkinen, Counsellor for Science Affairs, Department of Higher Education and Science Policy, Ministry of Education and Culture
Teemu Kokko, President, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences
Timo Korkeamäki, Dean of Research, Professor, Hanken School of Economics

Background reading: Navigating the Finnish Higher Education System
 

Academy of Finland 2016: Research Funding for Basic Science
Antti Hautaniemi, Science Adviser, Academy of Finland

5 Things an American Fulbrighter Should Know About Finnish History
Petteri Granat, Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Grantee 2014-2015, History Teacher, Vaskivuori High School

Taxation in Finland
Marika Kaitamaa, Senior Tax Advisor, KPMG

5 Trends in the Economy of Finland
Petteri Rautaporras, Economist, The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries

Future Perspective in the Finnish Policy Making
Elina Kiiski Kataja, Foresight Specialist, The Finnish Innovation Fund SITRA

Finnish 101
Johanna Lahti, Deputy Director, Fulbright Center

Practical Advice and Administrative Issues

 

August 2016 Orientation Follow-Up Links for U.S. Fulbrighters

 

PAST ORIENTATION SEMINARS

Spring Orientation Seminar 2016

The Orientation for U.S. Fulbright Scholars and Teachers 2015-2016 arriving in the spring semester will be arranged on January 27-29, 2016.

Orientation Program (pdf)

Presentations:

10,000 Years of Finnish History in 30 Minutes
Petteri Granat, History Teacher, Vaskivuori High School, FDAT Grantee 2014-2015

Panel Discussion: Finnish System of Education (K-12) - National, Municipal and School-Level

Finnish System of Higher Education and Research
Timo Korkeamäki, Professor, Hanken School of Economics

Finnish 101
Johanna Lahti, Deputy Director, Fulbright Center

Practical Advice and Administrative Issues

Background reading for grantees:

 

Fall Orientation Seminar 2015

The Arrival Orientation for the 2015-2016 U.S. Fulbright scholars and students will be organized on August 24-27, 2015.

Orientation Program (pdf)
Get to Know the 2015-2016 U.S. Fulbrighters: CV Catalog (pdf)

Background reading: Navigating the Finnish Higher Education System

Presentations:

Panel Discussion on Finnish Higher Education
Immo Aakkula, Councellor of Government, Legal Affairs, Ministry of Education and Culture
Teemu Kokko, President, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences
Mari-Anna Suurmunne, Head of International Affairs, Aalto University

Background reading: Navigating the Finnish Higher Education System
 

Academy of Finland 2015: Research Funding for Basic Science
Sanna Marjavaara, Science Adviser, Academy of Finland

10,000 Years of Finnish History in 25 Minutes
Petteri Granat, History Teacher, Vaskivuori High School

Welcome to the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs & Overview of Finnish Foreign Policy
Jouni Mölsä, Director General of Communications, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Taxes in Finland
Esa Johnsson, Tax Manager, KPMG

The Economy of Finland
Petteri Rautaporras, Economist, The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries

The Great Transition towards Sustainable Well-Being
Veera Heinonen, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra

Finnish 101: The 30-Minute Crash Course in Finnish
Deputy Director Johanna Lahti, Fulbright Center

Insurance & Health, Reporting; Travel
Local Regulations and Practical Advice
Grant Payments and Banking

 

Previous Orientations

Spring Orientation Seminar 2015

The Orientation for U.S. Fulbright Scholars and Teachers 2014-2015 arriving in the spring semester will be arranged on February 2-3, 2015. More information about the seminar program will be updated here soon.

Spring Orientation 2015 program (pdf)

Presentations:

Higher Education in Finland: Structure, Steering and Specificities
Kristiina Volmari, Counselor of Education, Finnish National Board of Education

Academy of Finland 2015: Research Funding for Basic Science
Tiina Jokela, Senior Science Adviser, Strategic Research

An Introduction to the Finnish Education System
Leo Pahkin, Counselor of Education, Finnish National Board of Education

Insurance & Health, Reporting; Travel
Local Regulations and Practical Advice
Grant Payments and banking

 

 

Fall Orientation Seminar 2014

The Program for the Fall Orientation Seminar for U.S. Fulbright Scholars and Students 2014-2015:

Orientation Program (pdf)

 

Information on 2014-2015 U.S. Fulbrighters

Fulbright Center Grantees 2014-2015
CV Catalog for U.S. Grantees in Finland 2014-2015
(pdf)

Presentations:

 

Spring Orientation Seminar 2014

Fall Orientation Seminar 2013

The Arrival Orientation for the 2013–2014 U.S. Fulbright Grantees takes place on August 27–30, 2013 at the Fulbright Center in Hakaniemi and various locations around Helsinki. Check out the orientation program below for more details!

We wish all the Fulbright grantees a pleasant and enriching stay in Finland!

Orientation Program and Speakers

Grantee Lists

Presentations:

  • Local Regulations and Practical Advice
    Ms. Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager
  • Finnish Innovation Policy
    Dr. Tiina Kotti, Program Manager, Academy of Finland

    The Economy of Finland
    Mr. Petteri Rautaporras, Economist, Finnish Federation of Technology Industries

Additional Material:

 

Spring Orientation Seminar 2013

 

Fall Orientation Seminar 2012

The Arrival Orientation for the 2012–2013 U.S. Fulbright Grantees took place on August 28–31, 2012. Fulbright grantees were treated to a vast amount of information about Finland (including a look at its peculiar language!), a reception at the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki, a trip to the Ateneum Art Museum, a sightseeing tour of Helsinki, and a day at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Grantees were able to get to know each other, the Fulbright Center staff, and make important connections at all levels. The Arrival Orientation took place at the Fulbright Center in Hakaniemi and various locations around Helsinki. Check out the orientation program below for more details!

We wish all the Fulbright grantees a pleasant and enriching stay in Finland!

Orientation Program and Materials

Presentations

 

Fall Orientation Seminar 2011

The Arrival Orientation for the 2011-12 U.S. Fulbright Grantees took place on August 30–September 2, 2011 at the Fulbright Center and other locations in Helsinki.

Orientation Program and Materials

Presentations

  • Higher Education in Finland
    Ms. Eeva Kaunismaa, Senior Adviser, Department for Education and Science Policy, Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture

 

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