As you may have guessed from the title, I am going to talk about a recognized leader in the sphere of education: Finland. For the last few decades, its educational system has proven to be the best according to international rankings as PISA, the professionalism and teacher-training programs, innovative approaches and ICT sector in education. Thus, it is quite logical that they would want to use the accumulated experience and expertise to develop the economics of the country.
Education export has become an important part of politics and economics in Finland (“Education Export Finland”, 2016). It is implemented in the classical form of attracting foreign students, and in the form of training foreign experts and providing consultancy services. It is of paramount importance to train and qualify teachers and to develop the structure of professional education. It is equally important to develop information technologies and increase the quality of education in both state and private educational institutions. A group of finish organizations works on making a proven experience an export good of international level.
According to their website, they do not export science degrees but create a coherent educational system taking into account specific needs. Moreover, there is an educational consulting. Depending on the needs of a specific country or a region a group of experts identifies the desired level of education and the necessity of providing certain services. The possibilities for future developments are considered as well.
Finnish experts work in some Arabic countries, and educators from different countries visit Finland to attend special training programs. Moreover, Kazakhstani authorities have highlighted the importance of fostering the cooperation between two countries for several times (“Kazakhstan and Finland,” 2016). Thus, in the view of education reforms in Kazakhstan, it is only a matter of time, when the government will decide to seek help from Finnish experts.
We can only hope that if it happens not only Finnish exports will find a way to improve our educational system but also our government will create opportunities for those changes to happen. As they say, “God (in our case Finland) help those who help themselves.”
Education Export Finland. (2016). Retrieved from http://www.eduexport.fi/why-finland
Kazakhstan and Finland will expand inter-parliamentary dialogue. (2016, November 18). Retrived from http://lenta.inform.kz/ru/kazahstan-i-finlyandiya-rasshiryat-mezhparlamentskiy-dialog_a2971157