Workshop: Quality Assurance in Sino-Finnish Joint Degree Provision, September, 15 [summary, slides, recording]

Below you will find the summaries and ppt slides from the interactive online workshop "Quality Assurance in Sino-Finnish Joint Degree Provision". The insights from workshop discussions will be used to develop the Quality Assurance guidelines for Sino-Finnish Joint degree provision.

On 15 September, we had a long awaited workshop with keynotes and some lively discussions on  Quality Assurance in Sino-Finnish Joint Degree Provision.

⇒You can find the links to presentation slides and parallel session summaries and workshop recording  in the program below:

Welcome & Opening (Chaired by Dr. Yuzhuo Cai)  [Recording of the workshop]

Sai Väyrynen, The Global Innovation Network for Teaching and Learning (GINTL) Network, Director – welcome words

Hongzhi SUN, Head of Education Section, Chinese Embassy in Finland – opening speech

Keynote speakers – Chaired by prof. Ritva Kantelinen, Philosophical Faculty, School of Applied Educational Science and Teacher Education, UEF

Tiina Vihma-Purovaara– Senior ministerial adviser,  Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, Finland

Vision for strengthening the international dimension of Finnish higher education and research by 2035 and cooperation with China (ppt slides) 

Mirella Nordblad, Counsellor of Evaluation, Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (FINEEC)

Principles and practices of quality assurance and enhancement of higher education – national and international perspectives (ppt slides)

Parallel session workshops 

Understanding quality and quality assurance of Sino-Finnish Joint higher education provision  Introduction by Dr. Gaoming Zheng

  1. QA in Joint degree provision at Universities of Applied Sciences – Moderator: Tanyu Chen, Key Account Manager, Internationalisation and Business Operations, TAMK
  2. QA in University Bachelor/Master level Joint degree provision – Moderator: Suhao Peng, researcher, University of Eastern Finland
  3. QA in PhD level joint degree provision – Moderator: Gaoming Zheng, Assistant professor, Tongji University


Keynote speakers:

Tiina Vihma-Purovaara is Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, Finland, Department for Higher education and Science policy, science policy group. Her main responsibility is the coordination of international activities of the Department, including the implementation of the international guidelines for Higher Education and Research 2017-2025, the Vision 2035 process and coordination of the Team Finland Knowledge network (Science counsellors in nine posts around the globe)





Mirella Nordblad is a Counsellor of Evaluation at the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre, FINEEC. She has worked with planning, implementation and development of external quality assurance and enhancement of HEIs since 2012. Nordblad has vast experience of quality assurance and enhancement of higher education acquired as a project manager of numerous quality audits of Finnish HEIs. As a process manager of quality audits at FINEEC, she is currently in a key position in terms of the highereducation external quality assurance activities in Finland. Prior to joining FINEEC, Nordblad worked ten years in university administration in Finland and UK. Nordblad has also been active in several international projects related quality assurance and enhancement. She is currently a member of the Agency Review Committee of ENQA and a member of the Steering Committee of the European Commission funded QA FIT project. She is also conducting doctoral research at Tampere University on the impact of external quality assurance.

Opening speech:

Sai Väyrynen (Ms), PhD (education), M.Ed. (special needs education), M.Ed. (education). Sai is currently leading the Global Innovation Network for Teaching and Learning (GINTL) coordination for African continent and China, at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Educational Sciences. She has more than 30 years of experience in education, from primary schools to higher education. Throughout her career, she has been involved in international collaboration for education. She has worked at UNESCO, and as adviser and consultant to a number of Ministries of Education in developing countries. Sai has working experience from several African countries, and countries in transition in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, in developing teacher education, inclusive education policies and strategies, as well as school practices, appointed by Finnish and international development co-operation agencies and companies. She has also served the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland as education counsellor in the Embassy of Finland in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. As academic, she has been involved in a number of international research networks delivered key note speeches in conferences, and worked in collaboration with researchers from the countries of the South and the North, including academic lecturer exchange at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and University of Namibia.

Hongzhi Sun, Director of Education Affairs, First Secretary of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Finland. He has worked as professor of forest ecology and director of international cooperation office in Northeast Forestry University in China. He is interested in higher educaion administration and intnerational education collaboration studies. He has published over 30 academic papers in the area of forest ecology and higher education.