Finnish International Educators' Days 2013
20.- 22.5.2013, Levi

SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

          

SESSION A
Monday 20.5.2013 klo 15:00 - 19:00

A3: UArctic Global Access -workshop

Monday 20.5.2013 klo 14:00 - 18:00 
Venue: Levi Centre Hullu Poro
Workshop (suljettu/closed)
 

 

 

SESSION B
Tuesday 21.5.2013 klo 10:45 – 12:00

B10: Bad English?

Tuesday 21.5.2013 at 10:45 – 12:00
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We have all heard it: non-native speakers / Finns teaching in English misuse English, they should be tested before letting them enter an international classroom, learning is obstructed by their bad language, etc. At the same time the International Student Barometer does not give evidence to these claims. Is bad classroom English only a myth? What is the nature - and effectiveness - of English as an academic lingua franca? This session will shed light on the linguistic realities of international classrooms where English is the second language of (most of) the students and the teacher. In addition, the implications these realities will have on the linguistic support for students and teachers will be discussed.

 

Chair: Esko Koponen, Helsingin yliopisto

Speakers:
Ray Carey, Helsingin yliopisto

 

B11: Bridging the International Student and Staff Experience

Tuesday 21.5.2013 at 10:45 – 12:00
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UniPID - The Finnish University Partnership for International Development - is a network of Finnish universities supporting university cooperation between Finnish universities and those in the global south.  The UniPID network works to strengthen institutional partnerships between scholars and institutions in Finland and in the South, including through supporting student and staff research and educational exchange and collaboration.

 

The Ministry of Education and Culture's Strategy for the Internationalisation of Higher Education Institutions calls for a substantial increase in the amount of degree student and staff members of immigrant or international backgrounds at Finnish HEI's.  This is justified, in part, as a means for increasing the competencies and expertise of Finnish HEI's and supporting the development of a multicultural society.  Additionally, HEI's are given the responsibility of integrating these students and staff into both the education community and society.  However, the question remains open whether the increasing numbers of international staff and students at HEIs are truly creating more internationally competent universities or societies.   Moreover, the extent of integration of students and staff - and HEI's role in this - must be questioned. This session will explore the success or failure of international degree student integration in Finnish educational communities, from the experience of leaders of these educational communities.  The session will explore the differences in integration and interaction between traditional and virtual courses and explore possible methods for better integrating international staff and students for the benefit of the individuals, HEIs, and society.  This session is for participants who are interacting with inter­national students and/or staff.  This session will provide participants with a better understanding of educational and societal challenges and success to the integration of international students and staff.

 

Chair: Markku Kanninen

 

Speakers:
Markku Kanninen, professor of Tropical Silviculture, Director of VITRI, University of Helsinki, UniPID Chair
Jeremy Gould, professor, Development & International Cooperation, University of Jyväskylä,
Mikko Perkiö, Research, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Tampere, UniPID Virtual Studies Working Group
Mikko Joronen, Head of Department Studies Programme University of Turku

B12: What we learned about Finland - a European perspective

Tuesday 21.5.2013 at 10:45 - 12:00
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Finnish universities in total have some 360 degree programmes listed on the websites of StudyPortals in 2012, up from 42 in 2007. In this session we will present some general trends about the absolute and relative discipline popularity, the countries of origin where the interest is coming from and some characteristics of these students, such as funding situation, intended start date, etc. At the same time we will shed a light on how Finnish institutions perform in the online arena compared to their competitors in Europe and what they can learn from them. We will also present some data on the performance of the campaigns of some Finnish institutions. This session is sponsored by StudyPortals B.V., The Netherlands

 

Chair: Thijs van Vugt

 

Speakers:
Thijs van Vugt, StudyPortals B.V., The Netherlands
Vincent Verspaandonk, StudyPortals B.V., The Netherlands

  

SESSION C
Tuesday 21.5.2013 klo 13:30 – 14:45

C4: UArctic Global Access Workshop
Tuesday 21.5.2013 at 13:00 - 17:00
Venue: Levi Centre Hullu Poro
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C12: International Collaboration & Global Responsibility

 

Tuesday 21.5.2013 at 13:30 – 14:45
Venue
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UniPID - The Finnish University Partnership for International Development - is a network of Finnish universities supporting university cooperation between Finnish universities and those in the global south, including through long-term research and education partnerships for the promotion and implementation of global responsibility in higher education.

 

This session will explore the impact of international research and education collaboration on global responsibility, particularly examining the Finland - Europe - Africa research relation­ship.  As international collaboration and global responsibility are becoming increasingly larger facets of a researcher's or university's profile, both are making a greater effort to engage in international research and education partnerships.  At the same time, funding agencies are focusing more and more on research addressing global challenges, emphasizing the potential impact of North-South-South collaboration.  This session will address different views on the Finland - Europe - Africa research and education relationship and how it is, or should be, contributing to international cooperation and global responsibility.  How important are these relationships and how do they impact global research and policy priorities?  How do outputs and outcomes of research or educational collaboration contribute to international cooperation, and in turn, global responsibility?  What role do researchers, educators, HEIs, and research funding institutions have in defining and supporting global responsibility?  The session will be accessible for all participants, but will be most useful for those dealing with educational and research collaboration.  Participants will gain a better understanding of the impact of international collaboration on global responsibility, and on the Finland - EU - Africa relationship in particular.

 

Chair: Olli Vainio

 

Speakers:
Olli Vainio, professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu
Tiina Vihma-Purovaara, Dept. of Higher Education and Science Policy, Ministry of Education and Culture
Riitta Launonen, Academy of Finland
Teija Lehtonen, Aalto Global Impact
Melissa Plath, UniPID

 

SESSION D
Tuesday 21.5.2013 klo 15:15 – 16:30

D1: Academic Cooperation Association (ACA), multi-dimensional global university ranking system (U-Multirank) and Nordic Council of Ministers key themes and activities

Tuesday 21.5.2013 at 15:15 – 16:30
Venue: Summit auditorio
Sessio 

The session contributes to the understanding of Global Academic Standing and Classification - Rankings and League tables. The race to the top and better ranking in the university ranking systems has been on the agenda of Finnish institutions and Ministry of Higher Education and Culture of Finland. A project based multi-dimensional global university ranking system is presented and explained (U-Multirank). Session provides information on various ranking systems and actors. Interpretation of ranking and league tables' purposes and goals, indicators, data collection and interpretation and presentation of results is presented. A main focus of the session is on U-Multirank.

 

Also a general overview of ACA activities is presented. The Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) offers promotion, visibility, advise, expert reports and publications, tools and training on internationalisation of higher education systems. ACA monitors, analyses and disseminates the latest information and developments on global higher education trends, especially focusing on the EU and its policy & reform agendas. With its publications, events and projects ACA provides easily accessible value added cooperation with its members and partners. Relevant and current ACA led -projects and results will also be presented.

 

The second part of the session presents the key themes and activities the Nordic Council of Ministers. The session focuses on the profiling of the Nordic Higher Education with presentation on The globalisation projects "The furtherance of higher education", including marketing the Nordic Region as an attractive place for education and training and the Development of the Nordic Research and Innovation Area, (NORIA). Other examples of concrete projects and institutions of the Nordic Council of Ministers are presented.

 

Chair: Juha Ketolainen

 

Speaker:
Bernd Wächter, Academic Cooperation Association (ACA), Brussels, Belgium

   

C4: UArctic Global Access Workshop
Tuesday 21.5.2013 at 13:00 - 17:00
Venue: Levi Centre Hullu Poro
Session 

D11: Strengthening Global Competences through Global Responsibility Programmes

Tuesday 21.5.2013 at 15:15 – 16:30
Venue
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Various global responsibility (GR) programmes and initiatives are in place in Finnish higher education institutions. These programmes sometimes mushroom out of own initiative or can also be facilitated by state funding. The programmes often involve multicultural encounters and can work in strengthening the global competencies of both students and staff. The experiences can provide a broader awareness of cultural perspectives and help in developing the skills valued and needed in a globalized world.

 

This session will address how various GR programmes aiming at building capacities in the South and in neighbouring regions have also had an impact in building vital global competences in participants within higher education institutions in Finland. The session wishes to bring together funders, institutions, students and practitioners involved in global responsibility programmes to discuss the impact participation in global responsibility and development cooperation programmes can have on all Finnish participants involved.

 

The discussion aims to engage a wide range of participants to consider new ways of engaging and promoting global responsibility programmes within higher education.

 

Chair: Maija Airas-Hyödynmaa

 

Speakers:
Maija Airas-Hyödynmaa, Centre for International Mobility CIMO
Tiina Vihma-Purovaara, Ministry of Education and Culture
Pauliina Savola, The Union of Students in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences SAMOK

  

SESSION E
Tuesday 21.5.2013 klo 16:45 – 18:00
  

E5: Higher Education Cooperation Possibilities with the EU's Neighboring Area and Pre-Accession Countries

Tuesday 21.5.2013 at 16:45 – 18:00
Venue
Roundtable, max 20 pax 

Session focuses on the existing and future higher education cooperation possibilities with EU's surrounding area: the neighboring countries and the pre-accession countries. Case examples of collaboration from Serbia and Ukraine in the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Partnerships with University of Turku will be presented. Also possibilities for future cooperation in the new EU-programme will be discussed.

From the year 2014 onwards the existing EU- programmes for cooperation between EU and non-EU countries -such as Erasmus Mundus and Tempus- will be integrated into the common education framework programme Erasmus for All. In the new programme also Erasmus-mobility will be expanded to non-EU countries.

What are the existing forms of cooperation and how will the upcoming changes effect to higher education cooperation between EU and non-EU countries especially in the EU's surrounding area? What is expected of the future cooperation in the partner countries such as Ukraine and Serbia?

Chair: Sini Piippo, Senior Programme Adviser, CIMO

Speakers:
Oksana Krayevska, Professor, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Ukraine. Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Partnership BMU-MID & MID - Mobilities for Innovation and Development
Gordana Vlahović, International Relations Officer, University of Novi Sad Faculty of Sciences, Serbia. Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Partnership Join EU-SEE
Elina Tulla, International Officer, University of Turku 

E9: What's up with TOEFL?

Tuesday 21.5.2013 at 16:45 – 18:00
Venue
Outdoor session 

Tools for working with the TOEFL! Hear the latest developments in TOEFL testing, share your experiences, ask questions, and give feedback.

 

Chair: Johanna Lahti

 

Speakers:
TBC, Educational Testing Service, ETS Global/Europe, The Netherlands
Johanna Lahti, Fulbright Center, Helsinki, Finland

E10: Tuition in Finland: Taboo Topic to Policy Instrument

Tuesday 21.5.2013 at 16:45 – 18:00
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This session highlights the findings of a PhD dissertation on the tuition pilot program in Finland. Using a sociological conceptual framework, the researcher analyses the 20-year historical narrative leading to the tuition fee pilot program while identifying the resistance against and the advocacy for tuition fees in Finland. All levels of participants are welcome.

 

Learning outcomes: Participants will leave the session with a better understanding of how a taboo topic has become a policy instrument, who the key strategic actors are in the field, and how legislative provisions act as a barrier for participation.

 

Speaker: Leasa Weimer, University of Jyväskylä

E11: Cradle to Grave - How to Ensure Your Potential Applicants Grow into Successful Alumni

Tuesday 21.5.2013 at 16:45 – 18:00
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Becoming a student is a long process, for both the student and the university. How can a university make sure that the applicant makes the right decisions throughout the process? How can you recruit the right people, how can you make sure that the students engage in the whole process and continue from applicants to students and then onto successful alumni? How can you establish and maintain a meaningful relationship with prospective students and then later on alumni?

 

This session will look at different actions that universities can plan and execute while recruiting students, starting from the application process to new student to successful alumna.

 

Chair: Joanna Kumpula

 

Speakers:
Kimmo Kuortti, Director, Recruitment, Admissions and International Services, University of Oulu
Jaana Severidt, University of Lapland

Joanna Kumpula, Team Manager, University Admissions Finland

E12: Burning money with Marketing and Recruitment

Tuesday 21.5.2013 at 17:15 - 18:30
Venue
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Marketing and Recruitment activities are evaluated cost-vise as return on investment. I many occasions M&R activities are not carefully planned and carried out nor do they have an analysis of plan to follow on. The session presents cases on the best ways and means on spending money on M&R without proper results. Moreover, cases of poor return on investment is presented alongside with current information on most effective M&R activities and their return on invest­ment. The session takes participants through the Dont's to the latest Do's in M&R. Special emphasis on this session is on Electronic and online marketing practices. Session suitable from beginners to advanced professionals.

 

The session presenters will also have a separately charged workshop taking the Do's even further on Thursday morning.

 

Chair: Harri Malinen

 

Speakers:
Harri Malinen, University of Lapland
Thijs van Vugt, iE&D Solutions bv, den Bosch, The Netherlands
Tim Rogers, International Higher Education Consultants UK Ltd

 

 

 

 

SESSIO F
Wednesday 22.5.2013 klo 8:30 – 9:45

F1: What does the proposed new EU programme "Erasmus for All" offer for higher education?

Wednesday 22.5.2013 at 8:30 – 9:45
Venue: Summit auditorio
Session

Erasmus for All is the new programme proposed by the European Commission for education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2020. The programme will continue to support transnational co-operation and mobility between European HEIs. In addition, Erasmus for All will include an international dimension covered previously by programmes such as Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa and  Edulink. Extending the programme beyond the EU's borders will increase the attractiveness of European higher education and at the same time support the capacity building of higher education elsewhere in the world.

 

In this session, a Commission representative will give an overview of the programme actions aimed at higher education and provide an update of the current state of preparations for programme implementation.

 

Chair: Toimialajohtaja Mikko Nupponen, CIMO

 

Speakers:
Anne Siltala, CIMO
Natascha Sander, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium

C4: UArctic Global Access Workshop
Wednesday 22.5.2013 at 09:00 - 18:00
Venue: Levi Centre Hullu Poro
Session 

F5: Internationalisation of recruitment in higher education and research - Northern Europe

Wednesday 22.5.2013 at 8:30 – 9:45
Venue
Info

Profile of participants: Beginner-Professional

 

Participants' learning outcome: The session seeks to enlighten academics and HR-personnel in Finnish universities and scientific organisations, of efficient ways to recruit internationally, from a Northern European perspective.

 

The session will consist of a general introduction to our organisation and services, give examples of our products and various methods of international exposure, and concrete examples of how we are assisting universities and clients today.

 

Speaker: Per Freibergs, University Positions, Sweden

F6: Case Estonia: Universities vs state - Individuals play the game, but teams win!

Wednesday 22.5.2013 at 8:30 – 9:45
Venue
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Competition for international students is more intense than ever. How can one succeed when you participate in common marketing activities with your competitors. Study in Estonia, a cooperation platform since 2008, unites the institutions of higher education in Estonia and the central coordinator Archimedes Foundation, to create visibility of the country as an attractive study destination and promote the possibilities for international students. How to make this cooperation work in reality?

 

During the session, the pro’s and con’s of cooperation will be covered from the university´s point of view and from the central coordinator’s perspective.

 

We will try to answer the following questions:

  • Why to team up and to share the market with your competitors, considering that we all charge tuition fees?
  • Distribution of strategic information – how much to share with others?
  • How to sell the idea of common marketing activities inside the institution?
  • Prioritising and focusing while sustaining a neutral position towards the institutions.
  • How to change the mind of the central executive body?
  • When is the right time to question central strategy vs the gain for the universities?

The session is suitable for professionals working in universities, ministries and central organisations and who have been involved in international marketing activities. The session will give the audience an unique climpse on how to start and develop the cooperation between universities when there is a central organisation coordinating the activities.

 

Chair: Grete Ahtola, Estonian Institute in Finland

 

Speakers:

Mariann Lugus, Head of International Marketing, Archimedes Foundation, Tallinn, Estonia

Eveliis Kurs, International Marketing Specialist, University of Tartu, Estonia

 

F7: UAF session for int'l programmes

Wednesday 22.5.2013 at 14:00 – 18:00
Venue
Roundtable, max 20 pax (closed session for UAF members, separate registration needed)

UAF will offer a separate workshop for UAF consortium universities. Workshop will be run by Tim Rogers. Separate sign up will be required and handled by UAF. 

 

SESSION H
Thurday 23.5.2013 klo 8:30 – 11:30
  

H1: Selling free education

Thursday 23.5.2013 at 8:30 – 11:30
Venue
Workshop, max 25 pax

Professional Development for Internationalisation – Marketing and recruitment - Better applicants and more motivated enrollments

Selling free education – challenges of demonstrating competitive high quality to potential recruits, generating high quality applicant profiles and recruiting the right students has been challenging for Finnish Higher Education Institutions’ offering English taught degree programmes. The specialised and peculiar case of Finland and Norway offering free degree programmes using English Medium does not sell as it should. Special focus and planning is needed to achieve these goals. The workshop will provide participants with means of improving quality of applicants and potentially increase overall quality of enrolled students. Examples of application fees as an instrument and tuition waiver and national pilot project on tuitions fees will be addressed.

 

Separate registration fee 100 € including materials, coffee/tee and lunch.

Level intermediate and advanced

 

Chair: Harri Malinen

Facilitators:
Tim Rogers, International Higher Education Consultants UK Ltd
Thijs van Vugt, iE&D Solutions bv

 

POSTER

Internationalization and Integration in Curriculum Development

Finland has been criticized for not retaining   its foreign human capital. The importance of non-retention has been highlighted by recent changes in legislation concerning immigrants since human capital retention is strongly linked with internationalization and competitiveness. Early integration into the Finnish society has been emerging as one of the solutions to address this issue.  International degree students constitute one of the prime categories of this foreign human capital as they spend at least 3 years in Finland and have good chances of integration because of their age and potential. Finnish Higher Education Institutions could well be compared to a miniature of Finnish society and lessons that drawn from them could apply to the Finnish society. The learning outcomes of this session include:

  • examples of curriculum integration where Finnish and international students have to work in teams to achieve concrete results
  • facilitators and inhibitors of such integration as well as
  • student perceptions of benefits and challenges of working in a multicultural team.

The target audience for the proposed session is professional, namely, any educator who offers similar courses to international and Finnish students as well as administrators responsible for curriculum development.

 

Poster presenter: Kallioipi Skarli, Turku University of Applied Sciences