Finnish - North-American University Cooperation

Specialist Seminar:
Finnish – North-American University Cooperation: Curriculum Development and Joint Programs 11-12.12.2008

The Fulbright Center and the Centre for International Mobility, CIMO, organized a two-day specialist seminar in Helsinki from December 11th to the 12th, 2008. The seminar strived at furthering cooperation between Finnish and North American higher education institutions.

The theme of the seminar was advancing the development of higher education curricula and the arrangement of double degrees and joint programs. The goal was to enhance cooperation and mobility between Finnish and North American higher education institutions. The seminar included information about collaboration in schooling, examples of well-functioning collaborative projects and networks as well as funding possibilities.

Program:

Thursday 11.12.2008

13-13:15 Opening
Terhi Mölsä, Executive Director, Fulbright Center
Juha Ketolainen, Assistant Director, Centre for International Mobility CIMO

13:15 Transatlantic University Cooperation: US Perspective
John Yopp, Associate Provost for Educational Partnerships, University of Kentucky

Muualla verkossa:
John Yopp: Convergent evolution of European and U.S. education systems: adapting to the environments of globalisation (pdf)

14:15 Cooperation with North America - University Perspective
Kimmo Kuortti, Director for International Relations, University of Oulu

14:45 International Joint and Dual Degree Programs: 2008 Survey Findings
Karoliina Kokko, Program Manager, Fulbright Center

15:30-17:00 Workshops

Workshop I: Erasmus Mundus & joint programs
Chair: Carita Blomqvist, Councellor of Education, Finnish National Board of Education
Speakers:
Case - Space Master
Anja Hänninen, Student Affairs Manager and Tomi Ylikorpi, Researcher, Academic Coordinator, Helsinki University of Technology
Case - New Erasmus Mundus II programme
Päivi Pihlaja, Senior Programme Adviser, CIMO

Workshop II: Short-term programs
Chair: Terhi Topi, Program Manager, Fulbright Center
Speakers:
Case -Pinnet Network Short-term Study Program in the U.S. for Finnish students
Tarja Hoyer, Head of International Relations, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences and Risto Korkia-Aho, Lecturer, International Affairs Coordinator, School of Business Administration, Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences
Case - University of Oulu Cooperation with the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Short-term program for U.S. students
Vuokko Iinatti, Assistant, Department of Marketing, University of Oulu

Workshop III: EU financed cooperation (Atlantis, EU-Canada)
Chair: Anne Siltala, Programme Manager, CIMO
Speakers
Case - TRANSFOR
Blas Mola-Yudego, Researcher, University of Joensuu
Case - Transatlantic Dual Degree in Nursing
Tuula Ikonen, Senior Lecturer, Laurea University of Applied Sciences

Workshop IV: Research-oriented cooperation & programs
Chair: Esko Koponen, International Education Planner, University of Helsinki
Speakers:
Case - Euroscholars
Seija Anttonen, Head of Student Mobility Services, University of Helsinki
Case - University of the Arctic
Pierre-André Forest, International Education Planner, University of Lapland

17:30-19:00 Reception hosted by H.E. Barbara Barrett, Ambassador of the United States
Remarks Anita Lehikoinen, Director, Ministry of Education

Friday 12.12.2008

9:00 Linkages between Canadian education and industry
Mr. Scott Fraser, Ambassador of Canada to Finland

10:00 Panel Discussion: Now What? - Tools & Resources for Transatlantic Cooperation
Chairs:
Maija Airas, Head of Unit, CIMO
Terhi Topi, Program Manager, Fulbright Center
Panelists:
Ilkka Turunen, Special Government Advisor, Ministry of Education
John Yopp, Associate Provost for Educational Partnerships, University of Kentucky
Kimmo Kuortti, Director for International Relations, University of Oulu
Carita Blomqvist, Counsellor of Education, National Board of Education
Tarja Hoyer, Head of International Relations, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences
Tuula Ikonen, Senior Lecturer, Laurea University of Applied Sciences
Pierre-André Forest, International Education Planner, University of Lapland

12:00 Conclusions
Terhi Mölsä, Executive Director, Fulbright Center
Juha Ketolainen, Assistant Director, CIMO