• "We see lots of happy faces on the screen": how one Helsinki school is adapting to the new normal

    ESH activity coordinator Josette Wolters outside the school on Helsinki's Bulevardi (Image: ESH)


    The disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak has left no part of society untouched, with education being no exception. With schools across the country remaining closed, teachers are having to come up with creative ways to engage their students.

  • Aalto University launches free course to help foreign students integrate into Finnish work culture 

    Aalto University has introduced a free online course aimed at equipping foreign students and jobseekers with the tools they need to navigate the challenges of working life and build a career in Finland. 

    A key aim of the course, which is titled Finland Works, is to encourage international students residing in Finland to remain in the country by helping them get a foothold in the job market. 

  • Arcada supports participation and integration in Swedish in Finland

    Arcada supports integration in Swedish – becomes the first Swedish-language SIMHE educational institution in Finland 

    Arcada is the first Swedish-language SIMHE higher education institution in Finland. The UAS will support highly educated immigrants in getting their previous degrees and competencies validated, and will also be able to guide them to further studies or working life. 

  • China pushes forward opening-up of financial sector with swift but steady steps

    China has seen new highlights in its financial industry. FTSE Russell, one of the world’s three main bond index providers, announced recently that it will add Chinese government bonds to the FTSE World Government Bond Index.

    The move will enable international investors to enter the Chinese bond market through FTSE Russell’s flagship index. So far, the world’s three major bond index providers have successively included Chinese sovereign bonds into their main indexes.

  • China’s success in poverty reduction worth bringing to the world’s attention

    The massive reduction of poverty in China over the past 30 years is one of the great success stories of modern times in the area of economic and social development. Using the World Bank poverty measure of $1.90 a day, which is comparable across countries, the share of the population in China living in extreme poverty dropped from 66% in 1990 to 0.5% in 2016, the latest year for which comparable figures are available. China’s remarkable achievement has driven, in large part, global success in reducing poverty over the last 30 years.

  • Helsinki Education Week offers more than 100 free online events

    Starting today,Helsinki Education Week will be held virtually as a series of more than a hundred online events from 2 to 6 November. The overall event programme is intended for teachers and other professionals, students and anyone interested in learning and developments in the field of education.

  • New degree program for immigrants aims to solve Finland’s nursing shortage

    Image: Metropolia UAS

    A NEW JOINT NURSING DEGREE PROGRAMME at the Helsinki’s region’s Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and the Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TUAS) aims to put a stop to Finland’s severe nursing shortage by specifically offering training to foreign-born students who do not speak Finnish.

  • Overseas returnee spends two years designing costumes of China’s 56 ethnic groups

    Zhong Yetang, a post-95s girl from east China's Zhejiang province, has made exquisite costumes of the country's 56 ethnic groups and displayed them in a video she made herself to showcase the charm of Chinese clothing culture to more people.

    It took Zhong two years to design and create the stunning attire of China’s ethnic groups after she returned to the country from the U.S., where she got her bachelor's degree at the University of California, Berkeley and her master's degree at the Johns Hopkins University.

  • Top US professor to research suicide prevention strategies in Finland

    DR. JOY HONEA, ASSOCIATE DEAN OF BILLINGS UNIVERSITY IN MONTANA, has received a Fulbright Scholarship to move to Finland in order to learn from the country’s acclaimed suicide prevention strategies.

    The highly-competitive scholarship, which has produced dozens of Nobel Prize winners, is a state-funded initiative which aims to “encourage innovation in order to improve society”. Dr. Honea will be relocating from Montana to the University of Tampere in July 2020, where she will spend several months researching how Finland was able to bring down its once world-leading suicide rates. 

  • Town in Southern Finland rolls out teen curfew scheme

    THE TOWN OF LAITILA IN SOUTHWEST FINLANDhas announced that a curfew for school-age minors will be introduced in full, following months of consultation and media attention over the controversial policy.

    The curfew has been described by members of the local government as “unofficial” and “informal”, meaning that although a curfew for young people will be in place, it is not legally enforceable. This is because it was determined that a curfew enforced by law and police action would lack legal grounds and possibly be in violation of human rights law. 

  • Why are Chinese Internet giants racing to make smart electric vehicles?

    Many of China’s Internet giants, including Baidu and Xiaomi, have recently issued announcements indicating their decision to seek a share of the market for smart electric vehicles, a market which has already witnessed heightened competition among emerging automakers like Nio, XPeng, and Li Xiang, alongside the active efforts of traditional carmakers like SAIC Motor who are also pursuing a similar transformation.

    At the recent 2021 new product launch event for Xiaomi, Lei Jun, founder, chairman and CEO of Xiaomi Inc., said that the company will enter the smart electric car market and will aim to spend $10 billion on the new business in the coming 10 years.

  • Yidan Prize awarded to inventor of meta-analysis and edX founder

    Winners of this year's Yidan Prize Prof. Anant Agarwal (right), Prof. Larry V. Hedges (middle) being interviewed by moderator Tom Blackwell of EM Communications


    THE 2018 YIDAN PRIZE was awarded to winners during a gala event followed by the Yidan Prize Summit in Hong Kong on the 10th of December. The Prize which was being awarded for the second year has been founded by Dr. Charles Chen Yidan in 2016. 

    This year’s winners are Professor Larry V. Hedges of Northwestern University and Professor Anant Agarwal of Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Larry Hedges is the Board of Trustees Professor of Statistics and Education and Social Policy, Professor of Psychology and Professor of Medical Social Sciences at the Northwestern University in Chicago.