TAMK with the Prime Minister in China

TAMK with the Prime Minister in China

Cooperation agreement opens new possibilities for Finnish universities of applied sciences.

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (3rd from left) led a cooperation visit to China in June 2017. TAMK's Tanyu Chen on the right. (Photo: Arene)
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (3rd from left) led a cooperation visit to China in June 2017. TAMK's Tanyu Chen on the right. (Photo: Arene)

A business delegation led by the Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä visited China in the end of June. Present were also representatives from the Rectors' Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (Arene) and Finnish universities of applied sciences. TAMK was represented by Customer Relationship Manager Tanyu Chen.

­Tanuy Chen found the tour in China with the Prime Minister very fruitful.

- We had opportunities to participate in high-level meetings, to meet educational officials, decision makers and to network with potential business partners. My role was to represent not only TAMK but also the Finnish universities of applied sciences in general, says Tanuy Chen, Customer Relationship Manager in TAMK EDU.

China is building a similar type of education system as the universities of applied sciences in Finland. To reach the goals, both Chinese and Finnish are committed to contribute in a cooperation forum and to network together for a stronger connection between the business and educational systems. The objective is also to improve teacher training and to get more Chinese students to come to Finland.

- In order to build a strong and international image of Finnish universities of applied sciences, we need to promote Arene's networks and extend its functions through Chinese partners.

As an example, Tanuy Chen mentions Arene's connection with China National Academy of Education Administration (NAEA), the biggest training center in educational leadership and management. The aim is to further develop the cooperation and build a bridge between our countries in the field of education, research and innovation activities.

During the Prime Minister's visit, Arene signed an agreement with the National Center for Schooling Development Programme (NCSDP). NCSDP is an organization operating in the ministry of education of China.

- This agreement is an excellent possibility for the Finnish UAS system. On behalf of TAMK, we are very excited and ready for cooperation. China is one of our key countries in exporting educational knowhow and we have already been actively involved with local universities, says Carita Prokki, Director of Business Operations in TAMK EDU.

Before signing the agreement, contents of the cooperation were negotiated at the Finnish Embassy. One of the objectives of both Arene and NCSDP is to establish a Finland-China Innovation Center in the areas of higher education and research.

The Prime Minister's delegation, with over 60 business participants, had hundreds of meetings during the few days of travelling around China. The goal was to explore possible cooperation projects based on the declaration of partnership issued during the visit of the President of China Xi in Finland last April. In addition to educational cooperation, also other possibilities were discussed, e.g. in the energy sector, cleantech, digital solutions and in winter sports. Over 50 commercial, investment and intent agreements were signed during the trip.


Published 13.09.2017