Thursday, 3 June 2010

Chinese alumni remember their years in Finland in the Shanghai EXPO

Approximately 200 Chinese alumni members got together to remember the time they studied in Finland. The event was organised in the Finnish exhibition pavilion Kirnu in the Shanghai EXPO, and its aim was to maintain the important network contacts. The event was organised by the Centre of International Mobility CIMO together with Finnish universities.

During the event, the Finnish delegates gave information about the current challenges and development of Finnish university education (Heljä Misukka), and the importance of networking (Risto E.J. Penttilä). The Chinese guests shared their experiences in studying in Finland; for example the former Chinese ambassador to Finland, Mrs Ma Keqing and the vice-chairman of the National Committee of the CPPCC Luo Fuhe shared their memories of studying at the University of Helsinki in the 1970s and 1980s. The competition “This is my Finland” was also launched. It offers the alumni the opportunity to tell about their views of Finland through photographs or videos. Lepistö & Lehti entertained the guests with Finnish music.¨

The alumni present felt their time studying in Finland had been very fruitful and most of the visitors still had working contacts to Finland. “The foreigners, who have studied in Finland, form a very significant network, whether the collaboration is in the field of education and research or business. We at CIMO feel the promotion of this type of networking is extremely important” stated CIMO Director Pasi Sahlberg.

CIMO and the universities continue to promote the educational collaboration between China and Finland in the Shanghai EXPO in the autumn, when they organise the seminar ”Sharing Inspiration in Higher Education.” The seminar, which takes place in October, focuses on the Finnish expo themes: skills, environment and well-being from the viewpoint of university collaboration. The visibility of Finnish university education is also promoted in October by taking part in the student fair events in both Beijing and Shanghai.

For more information, Director of Communications Merja Lankinen / CIMO, tel. 0207 868 572 or 0400-247 757

Photo: Ville Salminen

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