On April 6th 2018, the Finnspired-Sino Talks Tampere event with the theme ‘What China can learn from Finnish education’ was successfully hosted at the premises of Tribe Tampere.
Chinese scholars presented their observations on the Finnish education from various, with also Finnish scholars contributing with their experiences and views of the Chinese education system. They also further discussed how China and Finland can learn from each other’s education system. About 50 participants from different countries and different occupations followed the talk with great passion and enthusiasm.
The event was co-organized by Sino-Finnish Educational Research Center (SFERC), Chinese Students and Scholars Association in Tampere (CSSA Tampere Ry), and Chinese Students and Scholars Association in Jyvaskyla (CSSA Jyväskylä Ry), and supported by Chinese Embassy in Finland, University of Tampere (UTA) and Tribe Tampere ry.
2018年4月6日上午， 由中芬教育研究中心、坦佩雷学联、于韦斯屈莱学联联合主办的Finnspired-Sino Talks说出我的世界之“在芬华人学者说：芬兰教育与中国”在坦佩雷部落活动中心成功举办。活动的组织同时得到了中国驻芬兰大使馆、坦佩雷大学、坦佩雷部落的大力支持。华人学者们从不同的角度解读了他们眼中的芬兰教育，探讨了我们中国改如何学习芬兰教育。约50名来自不同国家和不同专业领域的参与者听的津津有味，反响热烈，不时地为演讲者带来的精彩演讲爆出阵阵鼓掌声。
（Photo by摄影Maria Kasdaglis）
The event was chaired by Ms. Qin He, Director of Study and Training Sector in CSSA Tampere ry. At the beginning of the event, she invited Mr. Yuhang Gao, Head of education sector from the Chinese Embassy in Finland, Dr. Antti Lönnqvist, Dean of Faculty of Management from UTA and Prof. Baocun Liu, Director of SFERC and Professor in Beijing Normal University, to deliver the opening speeches.
Mr. Yuhang Gao has profound experience of observing and researching on education system in different countries such as Japan and New Zealand. His speech reflected on the heated topics related to Finnish and Chinese education fields in recent years.
Mr. Yuhang Gao, Head of Education Sector of Chinese Embassy in Finland is giving opening speech; photo by: Maria Kasdaglis
（中国驻芬使馆教育组负责人 高宇航老师致开幕辞； 摄影：Maria Kasdaglis）
Dr. Antti Lönnqvist spoke highly of this new form of event, involving students and scholars from different universities together. He also pointed out that the key for China and Finland to learn from each other’s education system is to find an effective way to transfer experiences between the two systems.
坦佩雷大学管理学院院长 Antti Lönnqvist博士祝贺活动的成功开展。他评价Finnspired-Sino Talk的活动形式新颖，如同它的题目一样让人眼前一亮，他同时对学生学者们共同组织活动的力量表示高度赞赏。他表示，中芬教育体系间相互学习关键在于找到一种合适且高效的方式转换两边的成功经验。
（坦佩雷大学管理学院院长Antti Lönnqvist博士 致开幕辞；摄影：Maria Kasdaglis）. Dr. Antti Lönnqvist giving his opening speech (photo by: Maria Kasdaglis)
Professor Baocun Liu gave his opening speech virtually with a congratulation letter. Dr. Yuzhuo Cai read the letter on Professor Liu’s behalf. In his letter, he expressed his appreciation for Tampere being a pioneer in Sino-Finnish education and research cooperation, and expressed his sincere wishes for the great success of the event.
The keynote speaker, Dr. Yuzhuo Cai, senior lecturer and adjunct professor at UTA, and the Director of Sino-Finnish Education Research Centre, as well as the scholar consultant for CSSA Tampere for years, shared his views on how China should learn from Finnish education. Firstly, the topic of Finnish education is getting increasingly popular in China, but it is misunderstanding in several different ways. For instance, many think that in Finland the study pressure and competition are low, which is not the case. The enrollment rate for Finnish universities is not as high as many would think. Many students must put a great amount of effort to get into their dream university. Secondly, Finnish education should become a mirror for the Chinese education, instead of a tool. We need to study the whole picture of Finnish education, and apply the elements that are suitable for China. Lastly, he summarized some quick-fixes to learn from Finnish education effectively, e.g. learning from teaching techniques, reforms on university entrance exam, regional universities development, developing students’ interest in learning and new ways of learning.
Dr. Yuzhuo Cai giving his keynote speech (photo by Qianting Liu)
The panel discussion that followed was chaired by Ms. Gaoming Zheng, Chairperson of CSSA Tampere and Researcher, doctoral candidate at University of Tampere. Ms Zheng invited the panelist to the stage and gave a short introduction of their views on the Finnish and Chinese educations based on their experiences and visits to Finland or China.
Panel discussion (photo by Qianting Liu）
Visiting Scholar in UTA , Prof. Bing Zuo of Lingnan Normal University said that she was deeply touched by how people trust each other here in Finland. She thinks that this trust relationship between Finnish teachers, parents and students should be our learning model. To achieve this goal, one of the corner stone is to improve the quality of teachers.
Panelist: Prof. Bing Zuo (photo by Qiangting Liu)
Visiting Scholar at UTA, Associate Professor Lijie Li of Tianjin Normal University stated that teachers are students too. A teacher should know to study. Only by doing he or she can teach others how to study. Her core ideas include how to separate a good evaluation from bad ones and that high equality in school equals with high quality of study.
Dr.Lijie Li (photo by Qianting Liu）
Visiting Scholar at UTA, Dr. Jiao Cheng from South China Normal University took her own child to a Finnish kindergarten. So she also experienced the Finnish education through her child’s eyes and she felt the true joy in learning. She suggested that discovering children’s or students’ interests and teaching them how to study rather that filling them with knowledge, should be introduced into Chinese education and encourages the vocational education reforms in China. She also compared the Finnish and Chinese vocational education. She believes that Finnish vocational education experiences will bring positive influence for Chinese vocational education’s development.
Dr. Jiao Cheng (photo by Qianting Liu)
Ms. Tanyu Chen, Customer Relation Manager at Tampere University of Applied Sciences brought us lively talk show. By using her experiences from her stay in Finland, she vividly described how Chinese students were culturally shocked by the Finnish education system, of course in a positive way and how we could use this experience to develop the education system.
(Panelist: Ms.Tanyu Chen; photo by Qianting Liu)
The last speaker, Clinical Teacher Mrs. Paula Strengell shared her experiences from her visit at Jinan University in China and showed us how a Finn sees Chinese Education and the cultural differences between the two. She suggested Finns should also start to think what Finland can learn from Chinese system.
(Panelist: Ms. Paula Strengell；photo by: Jian Cao)
After the panelists’ presentations from different approaches and angles, the inspired audience raised several interesting questions, followed by a lively interaction between the speakers and the audience.
We would like to express our sincerest thanks to all the organizers, supporters and participants for making the event successful. Thank you!
（Photo by摄影：Maria Kasdaglis）
Text撰稿：Qianting Liu刘倩婷、Gaoming Zheng郑高明
Photo摄影：Qianting Liu刘倩婷、Maria Kasdaglis、Jian Cao曹坚
Video摄像：Renfei Zhou周任飞、Yuyan Chen陈昱言
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