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29 janvier 2014

The role that Finnish universities have in a globalising economy

Globalisation is crucial to Finland, especially in its economic development. As a small country in the north of Europe, Finland’s economy is highly dependent on international trade and the international markets (statement by the Prime Minister’s Office). The Internationalisation of Higher Education Strategy, issued by the Ministry of Education of Finland in 2009, stresses the role of universities in a globalising local society. To achieve this end, especially in the economic dimension, is by no means an easy task. It requires actors involved in international education not only to be committed but also to be innovative. In so doing they need to better understand the nature of globalisation and go beyond thinking within the higher education sector per se. However, the current practices in internationalisation of higher education in Finland seem to have much room for improvement. More...

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