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China-Finland Basic Education Curriculum Reform Seminar held at NIES

The China-Finland Basic Education Curriculum Reform Seminar was held at the National Institute of Educational Sciences (NIES) on the morning of April 20th, 2017. It was jointly organized by NIES and the Finland-China Education Association (FICEA). The event also marked the establishment of Sino-Finnish Education Innovation Research Center.


Attendees from Finland included Mika Tirronen, Counselor of Science and Education at the Embassy of Finland in Beijing; Jari Andersson, Chairman of FICEA; Li Dong, Vice Chairman of FICEA; and Heikki Ervast, Principal of the Teacher Training School at the University of Lapland.


Attendees from China included Tian Huisheng, President of NIES; Zhong Binglin, President of Chinese Society of Education; Wang Su, Director of the Research Center for International and Comparative Education of NIES, and currently Director of China Future School Laboratory; Gong Chunyan, President of Chongqing Educational Evaluation Institute, etc.


Mika Tirronen, Tian Huisheng and Jari Andersson addressed the conference. They said they hoped scholars on both sides could share their resources and ideas through the Sino-Finnish Education Innovation Research Center. Tian encouraged both sides to learn from each other and seek common development.

In the plenary session, Zhong Binglin, Jari Andersson, Li Dong, Gong Chunyan, Heikki Ervast, Liu Xiya and Liu Libin gave keynote presentations on the theme “Core Competency, Curriculum Reform, and Comparative Study”.


In a summary speech, Wang Su pointed out that all stakeholders – teachers, parents, officials and schools – should make the cultivation of students their top priority in education, and ensure that today’s education can meet the world’s future needs.













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