The UNITWIN/UNESCO Network on Teacher Education for Social Justice and Diversity in Education has started its’ work for establishing a UNITWIN Co-operation Programme.
The UNITWIN/UNESCO network was officially founded on 2nd of May 2018
when 10 partner universities signed the co-operation agreement. The
first meeting with the partners was held in June 2018. The current
partners of the UNITWIN/UNESCO Network on Teacher Education are Massey
University (New Zeeland), Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada),
Murmansk Arctic State University (Russia), Sami Education Institute
(Finland), Sámi University College (Norway), The Arctic University of
Norway UiT, University of Alaska Anchorage (USA), University of Alaska
Fairbanks (USA), University of Lapland (Finland, the Coordinator) and
University of Turku (Finland).
The Network is first UNESCO’s UNITWIN network in Finland and its’
Coordinator is Professor Tuija Turunen from University of Lapland. The
main purpose of the UNESCO’s UNITWIN networks are to encourage
inter-university research and co-operation. They help collaborating
across the globe, combining resources and advocating for better policies
through providing information to policy makers and local leaders.
The UNITWIN/UNESCO Network on Teacher Education will continue and
globally expand the cooperation already started in the UArctic Thematic
Network on Teacher Education (established 2015) and in the Arctic
Council’s Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) project “Teacher
Education for Diversity and Equality in the Arctic” (2017-2019). The
Networks aim to enhance teacher education for equality and social
justice; to share and develop good practices to combat core challenges
that the networks’ partners face both in the south and in the north, for
example socioeconomic differences and providing good education for
The main purpose of the UNITWIN/UNESCO Network on Teacher Education is
to create a Cooperation Programme on Teacher Education for Social
Justice and Diversity in the framework of UNESCO’s UNITWIN Programme.
The main objectives of the Programme are to promote knowledge exchange
and experience sharing by organizing seminars, joint lectures and
teacher education courses, developing researcher/teacher/student
exchange opportunities, and undertaking research to enhance an
understanding of the teaching profession. As a first task, the
UNITWIN/UNESCO Network on Teacher Education is going to determine the
work plan for cooperation for co-operation over the next four years.
Further information on the UNITWIN/UNESCO Network:
Dr Tuija Turunen
Docent, Dean, Professor, Teacher Education University of Lapland
Lead, UArctic Thematic Network on Teacher Education for Social Justice and Diversity
P. +358 40 4844 124