Quality Assurance of Sino-Finnish Educational Cooperation

Adjunct Professor Yuzhuo Cai,University of Tampere

After building the capacity for excellence in Sino-Finnish educational cooperation, how to ensure the quality of Sino-Finnish educational cooperation? On the National Seminar Day of Future Education Forum Tampere 2016 on April 11, Professor Jiansheng Ma from Beijing Normal University, and Adjunct Professor Yuzhuo Cai from University of Tampere, told us how in details.

In their opinions, quality assurance of Sino-Finnish educational cooperation can be done by two main steps: 1) clarifying the capacities and needs of the supplier and demander; 2) building a quality assurance system.

Step 1: Clarifying the capacities and needs of the supplier and demander

Finland, as the provider of high quality education resource, has strong advantages in high quality curriculum, competent trainer, philosophy of education, research-based teacher education, teaching research methods, pre-service teacher education courses, in-service professional development, primary school teacher of teaching all subjects, teacher collaboration, and teacher’s job rotation and mobility.

As for China, where there are over 14 million teachers in primary and secondary schools, education reform, curriculum reform, research-based teachers, professional development community, balanced education development, and government’s policy and financial support are needed.

Step 2: Building a quality assurance system

The quality assurance system is established covering four main areas: organizations and staff, effective communication, rational budge and appropriate time.

First, for organizations and staff, more participation by the educational organizations from both countries is needed to improve education cooperative quality and effectiveness. Both Finland and China’s teams should be comprised by the most professional and competent staff. Furthermore, the effective internal cooperation among different departments and institutions should be guaranteed.

Second, effective communication can ensure the cooperation quality by extended publicity, information transparency and accurate translation.

Third, the rational budget can be developed by employing market mechanism to guarantee competitiveness, and outsourcing logistics affairs to reduce the operation cost.

Fourth, appropriate time or pleasant season is important to improve the quality of education cooperation, as favorable climatic, geographical and human conditions are beneficial to the success of an event.

By the above two steps, in the views of Professor Ma and Adjunct Professor Cai, the quality of training Chinese educational professionals in Finland can be ensured.