November 20, 2014

Let’s play it again! Transforming Finland into a leader in playful learning

Kristiina Kumpulainen

Professor of education, University of Helsinki

Finland is known throughout the world for its high level of education expertise and as the home of many innovative gaming companies. The Playful Learning Center combines these two spearhead areas of know-how, creating a new, competitive type of top-notch expertise for Finland. It offers an innovative environment and meeting place for playful learning research, training, new technology companies and education product exports.

The Playful Learning Center is about research-based and user-oriented development and innovation, which will help to shape Finland into the leading country in playful learning solutions.

The centre’s research programme produces high-quality, international research data on playful learning, meeting the challenges and requirements of learning in today’s world. The centre’s ecosystem brings together Finnish players (universities, research institutions, growth and startup companies) and international research and product development organisations.

Playful learning strategies are a rapidly growing technology industry. Finland has what it takes to rise to the top of the industry, provided we know how to capitalise on the multidisciplinary competence base required for creating innovative learning solutions. The Playful Learning Center meets this need by developing learning solutions that boost domestic and global wellbeing.

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