70th Anniversary of the signing of the Fulbright Agreement between the governments of Finland and the U.S. was celebrated at receptions hosted in May by the City of Helsinki and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and in August hosted by U.S Ambassador to the Republic of Finland Douglas T. Hickey.
Led by First Lady Gwen Walz, a higher education delegation from the state of Minnesota visited Finland. They started off their 3-day program at the Fulbright Finland Foundation with a briefing on Finland, the Finnish education system, and partnership opportunities in international education and exchanges.
Novel Pedagogical Development project kicked off for developing the Foundation’s leadership training with new hybrid delivery and training methods. The Foundation's alum, Dr. Erkko Sointu serves as Special Project Advisor for the two-year strategic initiative.
Major legacy gift to the Foundation by Suzanne Louis, Fulbright Finland alumna, donor, and a long-time volunteer.
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Core Funding (partnership awards not included)
73.7 % from Finland (Trust Fund, Finnish government allocation, private foundations, Finnish universities, other)
26.3 % from the United States (19.5 % U.S. government allocation, 6.8 % other)
“The Fulbright Finland exchange is the opportunity to add another lens to the someone's eyes. As a biomedical researcher by training, I have used countless microscopes. They all have different lenses that bring specimens in more or less focus, and refract light in different ways. This is the process of the Fulbright exchange program. While we all have existing lenses that we use everyday, and some that we have up on the shelf to use from time to time, the Fulbright experience brings a whole new lens to see each and every form of education, research, collaboration, and engagement in a different light. This is truly the value of this cultural and research exchange -it's life changing.” - Christine Cutucache, 2021-22 Fulbright Specialist, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu
"Being able to pursue my undergraduate degree in the U.S. has opened my thinking in ways I never even imagined possible - but if it wasn't for Fulbright Finland Foundation, I would not have dared to pursue my dreams." - Terhi Nurminen, 2021-22 Fulbright Finland Undergraduate Grant, University of Pennsylvania