Sharing Finland’s Education Experiences with the World - New Program Launched


Short school days, little homework, few exams and excellent learning results! Many people wonder how Finnish schools made this happen. Now, two Finnish institutions – Aalto University Executive Education (Aalto EE) and the University of Helsinki Centre for Continuing Education (HY+) – are introducing a unique executive program to enhance pedagogical leaders’ understanding of innovation in education and learning.

“Creative play is a natural way for children to learn and is a key part of the Finnish approach to teaching. We combine the best practices and experience of Finnish schools in K-12 education, HY+’s know-how in educational psychology and teacher education, and Aalto EE’s expertise in strategic leadership and service design,” says Anna-Maija Ahonen, Senior Program Manager at Aalto EE.

For years, Finland has been among the top-performing countries in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) rankings.

“It is clear that the rest of the world is more interested than ever in the Finnish education system. At the University of Helsinki, we have been organizing educational visits for nearly a decade. Demand for these has grown strongly and the more holistic program we are now launching will meet this need,” says Anna Rantapero-Laine, Head of Training at the University of Helsinki HY+.

The first program, the “Diploma in Innovation in Education”, will be held in Helsinki on August 29 – September 3, 2016. Based on presentations by distinguished speakers, participants will explore innovation trends in schools and the 21st century way-of-learning. They will also discuss the latest international challenges in education, with reference to a range of strategic methods and techniques, such as design thinking, lean entrepreneurship, leadership and creative approaches to learning.

Details on the program content and schedule can be found at

For more information, please contact

Aalto University Executive Education
Anna-Maija Ahonen
Senior Program Manager
Tel. +358 50 307 4934

University of Helsinki, HY+
Anna Rantapero-Laine
Head of Training
Tel. +358 50 448 0652

Aalto University Executive Education Ltd

Aalto University Executive Education offers high-quality leadership development services (Aalto EE), professional development services for experts and managers (Aalto PRO), and creative solutions covering the whole life-cycle of entrepreneurship (Aalto ENT). Aalto University brings to our offering a multidisciplinary approach, together with innovative learning methods; this provides a unique combination of practical expertise with latest research. Aalto University Executive Education’s strengths lie in its global operating model and diverse offering. In addition to Finland and Singapore, Aalto University Executive Education offers education programs in the Baltic countries, China, Indonesia, Iran, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Sweden and Taiwan. Aalto University Executive Education holds three respected accreditations: AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS certificates. This places it in the top 0.5 per cent of the world’s institutions.

The University of Helsinki, HY+ Centre for Continuing Education

HY+ Centre for Continuing Education is a multidisciplinary expert and service unit wholly owned by the University of Helsinki. We provide premium lifelong learning services for public organizations, companies and individuals. HY+ offers state-of-the-art education services that enhance both individuals’ competence and whole organizations’ know-how and competitiveness. All our activities reflect the university’s reputation as a world-class research institution.