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Press release 7.3.2019: Finnish education expertise empowering South African academic leaders and professionals

 

 

                                                                                        Press release 7.3.2019

Finnish education expertise empowering South African academic leaders and professionals

EduExcellence Ltd., a global education service provider of three major universities of applied sciences (Haaga-Helia, Laurea, Metropolia) in Finland and the Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa, have signed a strategic agreement to implement innovative learning programmes in various areas of expertise both for TUT´s staff and external parties.

Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) is the largest contact-learning university with 65,000 students in South Africa and a forerunner in higher education in the country. In 2015 TUT started a strategic cooperation with Haaga-Helia School of Vocational Teacher Education to train their academic staff on Finnish pedagogy. Since then four groups of academics have been trained in Pretoria and the fifth teacher training programme is on-going. TUT and Haaga-Helia have signed the agreements to extend the Vocational Teacher Education Programme and add the Education Management Masters Programme and the Training of Trainers Programme.

TUT also sealed a strategic agreement with EduExcellence to implement a programme to enhance the competence in Infection Prevention in South Africa. The programme content will be designed and implemented by Laurea University of Applied Sciences. In 2018 Laurea implemented the Intensive Service Design Programme with TUT. The strategic objective of the TUT and EduExcellence is to expand over the coming few years commercial cooperation to various expertise areas provided by Haaga-Helia, Laurea and Metropolia Universities of Applied Sciences.

Prof. Stanley Mukhola, TUT`s Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Teaching, Learning and Technology states that “Education is important in empowering our people. The economy of South Africa is dependent on people who are better educated. Since working with Haaga-Helia TUT has seen an improvement in how our teachers interact with students. Our success rate is improving for staff who have undergone vocational teacher training. We are looking forward to next five years of cooperation.”

Teemu Kokko, President and Rector of Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences comments, “Investment in education is the investment in the future. This thinking is the common denominator for our both countries”.

“We and our three shareholder universities are very honoured to be the strategic Finnish education partner for TUT. We are excited to be part of TUT´s story in co-developing South Africa´s education for the future” says Tuija Pulkkinen, CEO of EduExcellence Ltd.

More info:

Tuija Pulkkinen
CEO, EduExcellence Ltd.
tuija.pulkkinen@eduexcellence.fi
tel. +358 50 527 7258

Press release 22.11.2018: Finnish entrepreneurial experts supporting commercialization of innovations in Ukraine

 

Press release 22/11/2018

Finnish entrepreneurial experts supporting commercialization of innovations in Ukraine

EduExcellence Ltd, a global education service provider of three major universities of applied sciences in Finland, and National Center ”Junior Academy of Sciences of Ukraine” have signed a strategic commercial contract for developing and empowering local entrepreneurship.

Junior Academy is a science programme for young talented Ukrainians under the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.  On a yearly basis, the programme supports around 250 000 gifted students who work in high-tech laboratories around the country. Auspicated by UNESCO, Junior Academy collaborates with highly recognized international organizations such as CERN and NASA. Over the years the students have received more than 160 patents and intellectual property rights certificates for innovations. However, most of them have not been commercialized.

Education in Finland highly supports innovations and entrepreneurial competencies. EduExcellence (representing Haaga-Helia, Laurea and Metropolia Universities of Applied Sciences) offered an innovative solution that was co-designed with the client and combined strengths of Haaga-Helia´s StartUp School incubator and Metropolia´s Turbiini accelerator. According to Junior Academy´s Director Oksen Lisovyi, “Finland is the best country in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe. It was very fruitful to witness the expertise and professional work of EduExcellence experts and we look forward to co-operating closer in the future”.

The initial steps of the development program have provided Junior Academy´s business incubator with a model conceptualization and supportive tools to help talented students to commercialize their innovations. Tuija Pulkkinen, CEO of EduExcellence Ltd., notes out that EduExcellence solution supports economy growth and regional development in Ukraine. “Entrepreneurship education in Ukraine needs more attention. This collaboration helps us change our young people and help them to open themselves and realize their full potential, reach their goals and expectations”, says Director Lisovyi.

More information:

Tuija Pulkkinen
CEO, EduExcellence
tuija.pulkkinen@eduexcellence.fi
tel. + 358 50 527 7258

Press release 24.10.2018: Finnish education customised for Chinese students in Beijing

Press release 24/10/2018

Finnish education customised for Chinese students in Beijing

EduExcellence, the international education service provider owned by the Universities of Applied Sciences in the Helsinki Metropolitan area, and the Chinese agent Sino-Finland Bridge (SFB) have made an agreement on an extensive educational programme for Chinese students. The cooperation will be launched with an English degree programme on Information Technology Business by the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences.

A group of Chinese students has been selected for the programme, and they will complete a Bachelor’s degree after a short introductory period. Most Chinese students have a good command of the English language and they are highly motivated. Cooperation with the Finnish e-learning solutions company Viope will take place throughout the introductory period and the studies in programming.

“We know that there is a great demand for high-quality international education in China. Finland and the Finnish education system have an excellent reputation in China, and we should therefore respond to the need for training as soon as possible. China invests in expertise irrespective of economic fluctuation”, comments Director Jan-Markus Holm from EduExcellence, who is the head of Business Development & Sales for China.

SFB is an important partner to EduExcellence in the greater Beijing region. There are great hopes for expanding the cooperation as soon as possible.

“We seek to engage in close cooperation in China with the programmes of all our stakeholder universities, says Tuija Pulkkinen, CEO of EduExcellence. “We hope that, in the near future, the operations will extend into other areas of education and that we will be able to increase the number of student groups in order to meet China’s large market potential.

 

More information:
Tuija Pulkkinen
CEO, EduExcellence
tuija.pulkkinen@eduexcellence.fi
tel. + 358 50 527 7258

Comunicado de prensa 26.9.2018: Competencias educativas de Finlandia en apoyo a la reforma profesional en Uruguay

 

 

Comunicado de prensa 26.9.2018

Competencias educativas de Finlandia en apoyo a la reforma profesional en Uruguay

EduExcellence Ltd, proveedor global de servicios educativos; integrado por tres prestigiosas universidades de ciencias aplicadas de Finlandia y el Instituto Nacional de Empleo y Formación Profesional de Uruguay (INEFOP) han firmado un acuerdo estratégico para el desarrollo de una oferta educativa y para la formación pedagógica de técnicos en la industria de procesos.

El programa de desarrollo educativo consiste en capacitaciones docentes para niveles medio superior y educación terciaria. Además, constituye una carrera formativa en la industria de proceso adaptada para las necesidades actuales y futuras de Uruguay. Como objetivo clave está el desarrollo de la educación técnica en todo el país con un énfasis especial en zonas rurales. El alcance a gran escala de este programa de desarrollo se obtiene a través de un esquema de aprendizaje semipresencial apoyado por una plataforma digital.

Eduardo Pereyra, Director Ejecutivo de INEFOP, mencionó que: “A través de este programa de educación se pretende motivar a jóvenes para adquirir habilidades necesarias en la transformación económica. El equipo de expertos de EduExcellence comprendió profundamente nuestro desafío y utilizando métodos innovadores de co-creación, fue capaz de ofrecer una solución atractiva y factible a nuestras necesidades ”.

La Administración Nacional de Educación Pública de Uruguay (ANEP) tiene un papel importante en este programa de desarrollo ya que proporciona las instituciones piloto, así como, también, a los profesionistas que reciben la capacitación. Wilson Netto, Presidente de la ANEP mencionó que ”No se trata solo del desarrollo educativo en contenido, sino que el hecho de que se cuenta con una herramienta digital para la enseñanza combinada, abre oportunidades para un futuro desarrollo dentro de las instituciones públicas en Uruguay. Elegimos EduExcellence debido al enfoque pedagógico y a la fuerte experiencia educativa de sus tres instituciones educativas vinculadas a las ciencias aplicadas.”

Tuija Pulkkinen, Directora Ejecutiva de EduExcellence Ltd.; Señaló que el programa de desarrollo es único. La empresa, fundada en 2017, ha logrado asegurar una posición fuerte en China y Sudáfrica, además de América Latina. Asimismo, dijo que EduExcellence lleva al mercado global todas las áreas de especialización de las universidades de ciencias aplicadas de Haaga-Helia, Laurea y Metropolia. También expresó que la complejidad de la solución es una muestra de la experiencia y capacidades de EduExcellence y sus accionistas.

“El mundo está cambiando rápidamente y se necesita desarrollar la educación para adaptarse a las necesidades futuras, por lo tanto, es nuestra misión crear un impacto sostenible en el desarrollo de las sociedades de nuestros clientes. Estamos honrados por ser elegidos socios estratégicos para un ambicioso programa de desarrollo nacional” concluyó Tuija Pulkkinen.

 

 

 

 

Más información:
Tuija Pulkkinen
Directora Ejecutiva de EduExcellence Ltd.
tuija.pulkkinen@eduexcellence.fi

Klaus Lüttjohann
Director Regional para América Latina y el Caribe
Klaus.Luttjohann@eduexcellence.fi
Tel. +358 40 343 3369

Milton Aldrete
Director de Desarrollo Comercial
Milton.Aldrete@eduexcellence.fi
Tel. +358 445100008

Press release 26.9.2018: Finnish expertise to support vocational training reform in Uruguay

Press release 26.9.2018

Finnish expertise to support vocational training reform in Uruguay

EduExcellence Ltd, a global education service provider to three major universities of applied sciences in Finland, and the National Institute of Employment and Vocational Training of Uruguay (INEFOP),have signed a strategic commercial contract for developing education offerings and pedagogical training for technicians in the process industry.

The educational development programme offers teacher training for vocational and higher education institutions. It also provides a degree in the industry suitable for current and future needs in Uruguay. Development of technical education throughout the country, with an emphasis on rural populated areas, is a key objective. The scalability of this development programme is achieved through a blended learning scheme, supported by a digital platform.

Eduardo Pereyra, Executive Director of INEFOP, states, “Through this education development programme we intend to motivate young people to acquire the skills needed for economic transformation in their local area. The EduExcellence team really understood our challenge, and by using innovative co-creation methods was able to provide an attractive and feasible solution for our needs”.

The National Administration of Public Education in Uruguay (ANEP) will have an important role in this education development programme, as ANEP will work with pilot institutions, as well as professionals who will be upskilled. Wilson Netto, President of ANEP, states, “It is not just about the developing educational content; the fact that we will have a digital tool for blended teaching will open up opportunities for further development within public institutions in Uruguay in the future. We chose EduExcellence due to its pedagogical focus and the positive experience using it among these three universities of applied sciences.”

Tuija Pulkkinen, CEO of EduExcellence Ltd., notes out that the featured development programme is unique. Founded in 2017, the company has gained a foothold in China and South Africa, in addition to Latin America. EduExcellence represents the different areas of expertise that Haaga-Helia, Laurea and Metropolia Universities of Applied Sciences provide to global markets. The complexity of the offered solutions testifies to the capabilities and expertise of EduExcellence’s shareholders.

“The world is changing fast and we need to therefore develop education to fit future needs. It is our mission to create a sustainable development impact in our clients’ societies. We are honoured, along with our three shareholder universities, to be selected as strategic partners for a very ambitious national education development project,” says Tuija Pulkkinen.

For more information, please contact:
Tuija PulkkinenCEO,
EduExcellence Ltd.
tuija.pulkkinen(at)eduexcellence.fi
tel. +358 50 527 7258