Finland Vietnam education cooperation programme provided by Aalto EE is believed to be successful.
The Finland Vietnam education cooperation programme has been confirmed and believed to be successful and long term. I am so much happy to read that Aalto EE has made their first step to bring Finnish education to Vietnam. As a person who has been experiencing the Finnish education in Finland, I believe this is a very good sign for not only business cooperation opportunity between Vietnam and Finland, but also the change in the mindset because “The program aims to build the capabilities of the Vietnamese public sector for driving innovation and generating organizational and system level impact”.
Vietnam is a dynamic emerging market with population of over 92 million. The country has the fastest growing middle class in Asia. The Vietnamese government places great importance of enhancing education and developing national innovation and the entrepreneurial system is.
Aalto University Executive Education (Aalto EE) has provided high-quality leadership development services in the Asia Pacific area since 1995. After a delegate visit to Vietnam in 2016, and with support of Team Finland, the company took an important step and expanded its business to Vietnam.
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Finnish education always ranks the world’s best education. “Less is more” is how Finnish educators believe.
First, Finland has less formal schooling. Children starts school at the age of seven, not six. They believe that at this age, children are ready to learn and focus. Not like in many countries where the children have to get a university degree in order to find a good job; in Finland, everything after the ninth grade is optional. It means that at the age of sixteen (not eighteen), children can decide which track of their life they want to follow. They can choose among these options:
- Upper secondary school (or high school), or
- Vocational school, or
- Entering the workforce.
Children can choose based on their ability to learn and interest to continue study to university or to learn a vocation and join the workforce. Universities are not compulsory, and of course parents do not put pressure on their children about their study.
Second, children do not learn a lot at school. Less time to study means more time to rest. Teachers also have shorter day. For teachers, less time of giving instructions means more planning time. By doing so, they can give the students lessons of good quality.
Third, in Finland, the primary school students have the same teacher for six years. Fewer teachers mean more consistency and care. Teacher understands their students and can give suitable instructions to them. They can track their students’ progress and see how they reach their goal. Teachers can manage curriculum without having to hurry up to pass their students to the next teacher in the next school year.
Fourth, Finnish children have fewer classes. It means they have more break. Teachers also have more break to rest or to prepare for the next class.
Another interesting thing that support the Finnish “less is more” philosophy is that children don’t have many tests in school. Less testing is more learning. I myself had many years of teaching experience in Finnish schools. Even though my subject is to teach Vietnamese for my Finland-born Vietnamese students, I can observe how the schools work and noticed many interesting things that we do not have in Vietnam. We do not give scores to children from first grade to six grade. We only give written evaluation about their study progress. Children have more time to play and participate in outdoor activities than just staying inside and study.
Last but not least, Finnish students have less subjects in schools, less homework. According to a survey conducted by OECD, Finnish students have the least homework in the world. Children can finish their exercises at school and have time to rest at home without stress about completing homework for the next day.
Back to the Finland Vietnam education cooperation programme, I personally hope that not only this managerial-level education programme will be conducted in Vietnam, but also more Finnish educational programme at all levels will be available in Vietnam.
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