Director General Heinonen visits China with Team Finland business delegation to discuss educational cooperation and business

Director General Heinonen visits China with Team Finland business delegation to discuss educational cooperation and business

Mr Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Director General for Finnish National Agency for Education, will visit Shanghai and Hong Kong with a Team Finland business delegation March 5–9, 2018. During the visit, the delegation will meet with both private and public sector organisations.


The delegation’s visit is a continuation to the visit Finland’s education minister Ms Sanni Grahn-Laasonen made to China in autumn 2017. The visit is part of the operations for Education Finland, a national government-level programme aimed at boosting Finnish education export.


The delegation comprises twelve companies and organisations representing various branches of Finnish educational solutions: learning environments, digital learning solutions, education tourism, learning contents, early childhood education and care, and higher education.


During the visit, the delegation will meet with both private and public sector organisations, such as Shanghai Education Council and Hong Kong Education Bureau. Also, as a new approach the Finnish organisations will meet Chinese educational investors.


Companies in the delegation

  • AuroraXplorer Ltd
  • Caprice Oy / Minifiddlers
  • Claned Group
  • Dibi Academy Oy
  • Futurecode Ltd
  • GraphoGame
  • Mobie Oy
  • Otava Publishing Company Ltd
  • School Day Helsinki Oy / Kasanen Education
  • Tampere University of Applied Sciences
  • Travel Agency Uudenmaan Seuramatkat Oy
  • University of Oulu


Further information

Dr Lauri Tuomi
Programme Director for Education Finland
tel. +358 29 533 1667

Date: 05.03.2018 - 09.03.2018
Location: Shaghai and Hong Kong

Education Finland at BETT 2018 in London

Education Finland at BETT 2018 in London

Education Finland will be showcasing amazing Finnish EdTech solutions at BETT Show in London on 24-27 January 2018. Visit us at stand C274!


Bett brings together 850 leading companies, 103 exciting new edtech start ups and some 45,000 attendees from the global education community. Education Finland will be there to showcase Finland's top EdTech innovations. Our stand will feature solutions in online and mobile learning as well as 3D from eight of our member organisations. 


Each day of the event, we will be organising interesting programme at our stand. Join us for discussion, marketing pitches and info on what Finnish education export can offer you. You will also have a chance to meet Director General for Finnish National Agency for Education, Mr Olli-Pekka Heinonen as he visits the stand on Thursday 25 January. 


Follow us on Twitter to receive updates on what's happening at our stand - @edu_EEF and #EducationFinland


Finnish EdTech companies showcasing their products at the stand



Dr Lauri Tuomi, Programme Director, 

Date: 24.01.2018 09:00 - 27.01.2018 18:00
Location: London

Meet us at XcitED

Meet us at XcitED

We are excited to announce that we are part of the most exciting EdTech event on 30 November 2017 in Helsinki! The event takes place at Slush Kokoustamo at 14:00-19:00.


Come and meet us there! You can read more about this amazing event here: See you soon!

Date: 30.11.2017 14:00 - 30.11.2017 19:00

Attendance of 3 Finnish Experts at MEF University’s Change in Education Conference in Istanbul in December

Attendance of 3 Finnish Experts at MEF University’s Change in Education Conference in Istanbul in December

MEF University in Istanbul Turkey is organizing a "Change in Education" conference in December. The conference will focus in particular on educational technologies, flipped learning and university-school partnership.


Finnish education experts will attend the conference and workshops. Ms. Ulla Ilomäki-Keisala and Ms. Sari Muhonen from Viikki Teacher Training School of Helsinki University and Mr. Timo Holopainen from Turku University of Applied Sciences will attend a panel in the conference on December 10th. The topic of the panel is “Change of the Curriculum in Finland”.

Also separate workshops are held on Sunday December 11th. In the workshops Ulla Ilomäki-Keisala and Sari Muhonen will discuss about the new curriculum and teacher training and Timo Holopainen will focus on the Innopeda system that Turku University has developed.

Date: 10.12.2016 - 11.12.2016

Finpro and EEF at Slush – check the schedule

Finpro and EEF at Slush – check the schedule

Explore what is hot at Slush week 2016, November 28 – December 2.


At Slush 15,000 tech enthusiasts and about 2,000 startups connect with top international investors, executives and media. Tech experts share their stories and debate the future.

During the event, Finpro’s advisors are at your disposal at the Team Finland stand. They are happy to help and answer all your questions regarding internationalization.

Find more info, watch the event trailer and buy your ticket at:


Network with tech grown-ups at our VIP side events

Gain exclusive access to top executives and innovators of leading tech companies in Finland as well as meet international companies leveraging Finnish tech talent and ecosystems at our Slush side events.


Connect with ‘Grown-up Startups and Beyond’ – networking event
Wednesday, November 30, at 6-9 p.m.
Network and enjoy delicious buffet dinner & drinks before joining the official Slush party nearby.


Meet with peers at KAATO-breakfast

Thursday, December 1, 9-10.30 a.m.
Listen to a bunch of international companies in Finland
Learn more about our tech ecosystems and how Invest in Finland can help you.
Meet KAATO, a pro bono business network helping foreign companies set up in Finland


Please find more info and register at:

Date: 30.11.2016 09:00 - 01.12.2016 18:00

Turkish–Finnish co-operation deepening - Finnish experts at Educational Technologies Summit

Turkish–Finnish co-operation deepening - Finnish experts at Educational Technologies Summit

Fatih Project in Education | Educational Technologies Summit will be organized by Ministry of Education of Turkey on November 4-5 in Ankara, Turkey.


Educational Technologies Summit in connection to the FATIH project is arranged this year for the second time. The summit is a platfrom where academicians, policy makers, experts, teachers, students, NGO representatives and technology suppliers in the private sector will come together and share theoretical and practical information.


At the Summit, speakers will give their presentations related to student needs and innovations within the context of Fatih Project in Education. In addition to these, such topics as coding, robotics and 3D technologies are going to be discussed.


Finland is contributing to the event with five speakers who are experts in their fields.  Maarit Rossi from Paths to Math, a mathematics teacher and one of the top 10 finalists at the Global Teacher Prize 2016 given by Varky Foundation, is one of the keynote speakers. Also Santeri Koivisto from TeacherGaming, Aape Pohjavirta from Funzi, Sanna Lukander from Fun Academy, Pasi Mattila from Finpeda will speak at different panels.


Finpro Istanbul is going to take part also in the event to matchmake participating Finnish companies with interested Turkish companies.


The program and more information about the event can be found from:


Learn more about the Finnish experts at the event (pdf)


Date: 04.11.2016 00:00 - 05.11.2016 00:00
Location: Ankara, Turkey

Finnish Peruvian Education Seminar

Finnish Peruvian Education Seminar

The Peruvian Nordic Chamber of commerce, Finpro Peru and Team Finland are bringing a group of Peruvian investors, directors and businesspeople from education sector to Finland to meet Finnish education solution providers. The group consists about 15 top decision makers of e.g Intercorp group (turnover over 3 billion USD), Banco de Crédito del Perú group (Turnover 4,6 billion USD), the directors of leading private universities e.g ESAN and not to mention the decision makers of the huge public sector. Many of them own private school chains and are planning to build new ones. The aim of the visit is to get to know the success factors of Finnish education and to build connections with relevant Finnish providers for doing business. The visit takes place from 26th of September to 30th of September.


Monday the 26th is a seminar day at Finpro where Finnish education solution providers can present their offering in teacher training and ed tech solutions. Rest of the days are reserved for B2B Meeting and visit to schools and universities. If you would like to invite the investors to visit your organization please contact


Program Monday 26th of September
9:30- Welcome coffee of EEF (All teacher training solution providers are mostly welcome to the morning program)
10:00 Finnish education system - Jouni Kangasniemi OKM
11:00 Finnish pedagogy – Jari Lavonen HY
12:00 Finnish teacher trainers present their offering. Includes vocational teacher training. About 2 min each to get overview of the offering. Questions and discussions.
13:00 Networking lunch (at own expense)
14:00 Finnish EdTech solutions success factors- Presenter TBC (Edtech solution providers are mostly welcome to this afternoon program)
14:30 Edtech solution providers present their offering. About 2 min each to get overview of the offering. Questions and discussions.
15:30 Networking coffee
16:00 Closing of the event. Investors leave TF house for private program.


Register here (by Wednesday 21.9.)


The seminar event for the investors is held at TF house premises (Porkkalankatu 1, Helsinki) and organized together with Education Export Finland.
The needs of the Investors are analyzed forehand in Peru and matchmaking will be made in co-operation with EEF. Stay tuned for the sales leads. The meetings are organized based on the published sales leads.


The aim of the investor week is to build sustainable business relations in education sector between Peru and Finland. Many Finnish players already have done successfully business in Peru and the interest has grown exponentially.

For more information, please contact Klaus Lüttjohann, Finpro Peru, email:




Please note that if the number of participants exceeds the maximum, EEF members are given priority to both the seminar enrollment and the B-2-B discussions.

Date: 26.09.2016 09:30 - 26.09.2016 16:00
Location: Team Finland House (Finpro), Helsinki

China-Finland Principals (CFP) Forum 2016

China-Finland Principals (CFP) Forum 2016

Under the theme "Future Education Design” the 2nd China-Finland Principals Forum looks at the future with emphasis on ICT and Future Learning Environment in education on 8 -10 August in Tampere, Finland.


Finnish education and Indoor Air Quality expertize has big potential in the developing education sector in China. Finpro's Export Education Finland and Beautiful Beijing will be co-hosting a stand E7-E8 at the CFP Forum 2016. Finnish education and indoor air quality experts will be present to discuss sustainable solutions for effective learning.  


View the full program of the CFP Forum 2016 from here. The co-program at the stand E7-E8 – will have specific themes for each event day.


Learning is more than a classroom – stand program:


Day 1: Finnish School of Excellence: Safe and Healthy School Environment
 -      Healthy school buildings, Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficient buildings
 -      Modern and multifunctional school design
 -      School concept


Day 2: Digital Tools and New Learning Methods
 -      Digital learning tools     
 -      Active learning
 -      Sports at school   


Day 3:  Teacher Training and Coaching
 -      Leadership and management
 -      Train the trainers


Two presentations will be deliverd at the main Forum on Tue 9th August at 15.30 – 16.10:


Digital Finnish School Concept – Seppo Keränen, Education Export Finland
Modern and Healthy Learning Environment – Irma Ylikangas, Beautiful Beijing


Learn more about Finnish education and indoor air quality experts at CFP 2016 (press release)

Date: 08.08.2016 8:00 - 10.08.2016 14:00
Location: Tammerkosken lukio, Sammonkatu 2, 33540 Tampere, Finland

Finland House in Rio Olympics - EEF members presenting Finnish excellence in education

Finland House in Rio Olympics - EEF members presenting Finnish excellence in education

Finland House is the first ever high-end Finnish hospitality house concept in the history of the Olympic Games. Finland House will be situated in the central Rio and be open on 12-21 August, 2016. Finland House, showcasing education, Finnish sports and clean technology, will be the venue for exclusive business and sport-related events, ministerial and presidential visits, and the Finnish Olympic Team press conferences.
Education Export Finland and Cleantech Finland, Team Finland growth programs managed by Finpro and funded by Ministry of Employment and Economy, together with the Finnish Olympic Committee and Ministry of Education, are among the main organizers of the Rio Finland House.


EEF members showcasing Finnish expertise by interactive learning methods and gaming

Education Export Finland member companies will be demonstrating Finnish expertise at Finland House by using interactive learning methods and gaming. The visitor get the possibility to:

  • play an educational game by Seppo, combining content of Finland as a travel destination and country of world-class cleantech and education know-how.
  • try an online platform by Muuvit that combines sports and learning and serves as a tool for teachers to inspire kids to acquire active lifestyle and learn in a fun and interdisciplinary way
  • familiarize with an interactive language tool by Sanako with possibility to test live translations e.g. from Portuguese to Finnish or English
  • play an inspiring maths game by 10Monkeys

There will also be company videos and demos from innovative EEF members e.g. by Sun in Eye, the creator of award-winning children’s learning game Pikkuli, and by Fun Academy, a start-up that created Angry Birds Playground. Finland House also features the Arctic fishing game Ice Lakes from Iceflake Studios.
The Finnish School system will also be represented in Rio by 21st century pedagogies showcasing teacher and sports education as well as offerings and solutions empowering student achievement and entrepreneurial mindset. Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) and Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK) will jointly organize a workshop for local educators, in which TAMK & HAMK Brazilian alumni in teacher training program will provide an induction to Finnish teacher education in practice. Other Finnish higher education institutions present are University of Tampere, University of TurkuTurku UAS, Lapland UAS and Tampere Adult Education Centre (TAKK).
Riitta Vänskä, Program Manager of EEF, will be present with EEF members and keep home audiences updated about Rio events.


Date: 12.08.2016 - 21.08.2016
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

"Sail for Good Education” Learning with Modern Means of Technology, Finnish-Turkish Education Co-operation Seminar

"Sail for Good Education” Learning with Modern Means of Technology, Finnish-Turkish Education Co-operation Seminar

Welcome to the seminar to hear how best practices of Finland in education can be employed in Turkey.

Finland has a reputation as an education powerhouse, with its long track record at the top of the world rankings. Finnish academic institutions have compelling credentials in providing world-leading teacher training and pedagogical practices, and Finnish companies have created innovative technologies and digital learning tools to improve the environment and conditions for learning.

Finnish expertise can be delivered and localized to Turkey.

In the seminar you will:

  • Hear insights from Finnish experts on how to utilize new technologies and digital tools
  • Learn about the new phenomena-based and innovative Finnish National Curriculum
  • Meet and connect with the Finnish companies at the networking session
  • Get acquainted with innovative solutions and technologies in education programmes
  • Learn about a project “Sail for Good Education” and Meretniemi family sailing around the world and taking advantage of Finnish pedagogical expertise and innovative digital learning tools.


The seminar is arranged by Education Export Finland.

About “Sail For Good Education”:

In June 8, 2016, Finnish Meretniemi family of five will start their six-year sailing voyage around the world from Finike, Antalya. They will experience 75 countries in 75 months. The goal is to experiment new ways to utilize technology and digital learning methods to enable education for all children anywhere, anytime. A unique digital school will be created onboard the boat: their boat will be a development lab for the new Finnish curriculum and new digital learning tools and methods provided by Finnish companies.


Companies present at the event: Claned, Dramaforum - Petra's Planet, EDUfinn, ISKU, KOULU Group, Lenovo, Paths to Math.


Please sign up to the seminar at the latest by 17 May 2016, by filling out the reply form and returning it to Finpro Turkey office, by email: or The seminar is free of charge.


Invitation as PDF document (including company profiles)


CV of Maarit Rossi

CV of Topi Litmanen

CV of Mustafa Özcan

CV of Selcuk Ozdemir



Date: 01.06.2016 13:00 - 01.06.2016 17:00
Location: Istanbul, Bahcesehir University, Fazil Say Auditorium

Education Seminar between Saudi Arabia and Finland

Education Seminar between Saudi Arabia and Finland

Education Export Finland organizes a Mini-Seminar on cooperation possibilities in the field of Education between Finland and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


The seminar is held on Monday, May 16, 2016 from 12:30 to 16:00 hrs.


The event is organized on the visit to Finland by H.E. Dr. Ahmed bin Muhammad Al-Isa, Minister of Education of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Minister Al-Isa is visiting Finland with a high-level delegation to learn more about the Finnish education system and to find new cooperation avenues and partners. In the seminar Minister Al-Isa will deliver a keynote address.


Finland has a reputation as an education powerhouse with its long track record at the top of the world rankings and proven results. Information and communications technology has given rise to a transformation of historical proportions in education and teaching, and we are harnessing this digital transformation.


Our success does not depend on digital solutions only but we are able to deliver a 360-degree solution of the Finnish School Abroad. This includes a complete package, combining the physical and digital dimensions of inspiring classroom and learning environments – architecture, design, technology – with the intangible aspects of education, from pedagogically optimized high-quality teacher training, to creative, self-motivating and active learning.


Participation in the seminar is free of charge and requires a pre-registration. Please register via this link by Friday, May 13, 2016.


The seminar language is English.


Seminar program

Join us to learn more about cooperation possibilities in education between Finland and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Date: 16.05.2016 12:30 - 16.05.2016 16:00
Location: Finpro, Porkkalankatu 1, Ruoholahti, Helsinki

A school on a sailing boat: How will learning work out on the seas of the world?

A school on a sailing boat: How will learning work out on the seas of the world?

In June 2016, the Meretniemi family is beginning a six-­year sailing voyage around the world. The children of the family will have lessons on the sailing boat by making use of digital learning possibilities. The Sail for Good project that has grown around the sailing voyage is now bringing experts together to discuss different learning methods and the possibilities offered by digitalisation.


The Sail for Good – Global Classroom event is the starting signal for a learning and education export project built around the six-­year-­long sailing voyage around the world. In the event, discussion will be raised about the skills of the future that a school should train children for.


Is a school environment needed for learning them  or can learning take place anywhere? What opportunities does digitalisation offer for the education export of Finland? These and many other questions will be delved into in expert discussions. Talking about individual learning will be, amongst others, Kirsti Lonka, Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Helsinki, and the classroom teacher Maarit Korhonen, who has shaken up the school world. Other subjects are the skills of the future and how school trains children for them, digitality in learning and the global nationality. Talking about the themes, there will be people including the mathematics teacher and innovative reformer of teaching methods Pekka Peura, the writer Sonja Ängeslevä, who is a person of influence in the technology field and has received the President’s Internationalisation Award and Maarit Rossi, who has been voted one of the world’s ten best teachers, as well as Tina Aspiala, who spent her childhood on a sailing boat, the philosopher Lauri Järvilehto and the radio personality Abdirahim Husu Hussein.


As the beginning of the event, more details will be heard about the sailing voyage of the Meretniemi family that begins in June. It will also be possible to get to know the Swan 57 boat through virtual reality and enjoy Reino Nordin’s performance from 4 pm.


Place: Hernesaaren Ranta, Hernesaarenranta 16, Helsinki
Further information:


12.00 The doors open to the media; an opportunity for interviews
12.30 The opening of the event

Sail for Good – a six-­year sailing voyage around the world, Riikka and Tuomo Meretniemi

12.50 The skills of the future for which school must train children. Discussing the topic are the entrepreneur and start-­up coach Christina Forsgård, the mathematics teacher Pekka Peura, the consultant and politician Matti Parpala and the teacher Annemari Kuusimäki
13.20 Intermission

Individual learning. The panelists are Professor Kirsti Lonka, Head of Education Liisa Pohjolainen, Doctor of Educational Science Topi Litmanen and the classroom teacher Maarit Korhonen

14.00 Digital learning. Discussing the topic are the writer and learning game entrepreneur Lauri Järvilehto, the mathematics teacher Maarit Rossi, person of influence in the technology field and writer Sonja Ängeslevä and the Programme Director of Partners in Learning, Marianne Halonen.


Global citizenship. The panelists are the radio personality Abdirahim Husu Hussein, who has received the Finnish PEN’s Freedom of Expression award, Tina Aspiala, who spent her childhood on a  sailing boat, basic education Business Director Mika Perttola, and the export trade expert and Sail for Good Project Manager Pertti Jalasvirta.

15.10 The decisive role of co-­operative partners in the Sail for Good project – from the ego system to the ecosystem.
16.00 Reino Nordin's performance
17.00 Event closes


You are warmly welcomed to come along!


Sign up for the event:


Sail For Good, Tuomo Meretniemi, tel: +358 50 390 3050 or

Further information about the project:


Sail for Good is the project of the five-person Meretniemi family to sail for six years in the seas of the world. The Sail for Good project built around the sailing voyage develops individual digital learning environments to be utilised in areas where children are not, for one reason or another, within the sphere of normal education. The co‐operative partners of the project are Lenovo, Claned, Microsoft, Lekolar, Education Export Finland, Sanoma Pro, 3 Step IT, the City of Helsinki, Petra´s Planet, Rockway, NatureGate and Keuda.

Date: 20.05.2016 12:00 - 20.05.2016 17:00
Location: Hernesaarenranta 16, Helsinki

EU & Jeddah Chamber: Joint Business Promotion Event

EU & Jeddah Chamber: Joint Business Promotion Event

The European Union and the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry will hold Joint Business Promotion Event on 11 April 2016 at 7 - 8.30 pm.


The event is organized under the patronage of Ambassador Adam Kulach, Head of the European Union Delegation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and will be held at Jeddah Chamber’s premises in Riyadh.


Finland's representatives, showcasing Finnish education, cleantech and healthcare offering,  will have an info stand at the event.


For more information about Finland’s presence at the event, please contact Ferdinand Roc, Advisor, Global Network, Finpro:


Date: 11.04.2016 19:00 - 11.04.2016 20:30

Education Technologies Conference

Education Technologies Conference in Istanbul

The Education Technologies Platform (ETP) a sub group cluster for the education technologies of Private Schools Association of Turkey will arrange Education Technologies Conference in Istanbul on March 26, 2016.


The event is one day event and is arranged at Yeditepe University’s premises.


Finnish education expertise will be presented at the conference. The Finnish key note speaker of the event will be Mr. Santeri Koivisto CEO, TeacherGaming LLC. There is also a Finnish stand at the event.


For more information about the event and Finnish presence, please contact Nilufer Alapinar, Finpro Turkey:

Date: 26.03.2016 - 26.03.2016
Location: Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey

Finnish Education Offering at GESS Dubai 2016

Finnish Education Offering at GESS Dubai 2016

The Finnish stand, N40, at GESS 2016 in Dubai on 1-3 March offers show visitors the chance to connect with Finnish experts. We present Finnish EdTech companies that combine world-class pedagogical expertise with innovative solutions: Cloud-based e-learning platforms and infrastructure solutions, assessment systems, playful mobile solutions, educational games and software, and digital learning content; as well as education institutions offering consultation services and professional development programs especially for teachers; and the knowledge and practical skills they need to improve teaching.


Finnish excellence in education presented at Global Education Forum

On Tuesday 1 March at 13:00- 14:00 David Marsh will be presenting the best practises of Finnish education at Global Education Forum, which is running parallel with GESS.

David Marsh's presentation concentrates on: The Finnish School system has been identified as one of the most efficient in the world. Find out why teacher training is so unique, how the Curriculum differs from the others, and why pedagogy methods are so important in Finland.


GESS 2016 is designed for all kinds of educational professionals. As part of the main exhibition the Global Education Forum (GEF) provides an extensive, world class educational programme to help teachers, educators and academics of all levels develop their skills, gain insight from international experts and take home some practical teaching methods.


The 9th edition of the Global Educational Supplies and Solutions Exhibition (GESS) and Global Education Forum (GEF) takes place on the 1-3 March 2016 at Dubai World Trade Centre.



Date: 01.03.2016 - 03.03.2016
Location: Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE