August 28, 2017

Finnish education heads to Nepal, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan

The JAMK project in Ethiopia kicks off with the project partners meeting up in Jyväskylä between 23–28 August.
The JAMK project in Ethiopia kicks off with the project partners meeting up in Jyväskylä between 23–28 August.
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JAMK University of Applied Sciences has received a grant for two three-year projects in Nepal and Ethiopia, and is commencing master’s education in nursing in Kazakhstan.

The funding for the projects in Nepal and Ethiopia is part of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland’s HEI ICI – international development cooperation programme for higher education. The HEI-ICI programme supports the co-operation between higher education institutes from Finland and developing countries. The funding goes towards advancing education and supporting the building of functioning, effective and equal societies in developing nations.

The aim of the JAMK project in Ethiopia, called ‘Teacher Educators in Higher Education as Catalysts for Inclusive Practices‘, is to strengthen collaboration in special needs education and inclusive education between the project partners, JAMK and University of Jyväskylä from Finland and FTI and AAU from Ethiopia.

The project in Nepal, ‘Teacher Preparation Programme through ODL Mode for Enhancing Quality in Education’, is a continuation of a previous JAMK project in the country with Nepalese partner Tribhuvan University.

“Developing the multimode education of teachers got off to a fine start during our first project,” says project leader, lecturer Tuovi Leppänen. “It’s a completely new form of education in a country that favours traditional lectures. Now we have established trust with the Nepalese university folk and we’re able to continue a new phase of teacher education.”

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland’s HEI ICI programme has granted approximately 12 million euros for 20 projects. The total budget of the JAMK projects is 832 000 euros in Nepal and 603 000 euros in Ethiopia.

Meanwhile, JAMK has also launched a master’s degree in nursing in Kazakhstan. The two-year Master of Health Care education is being offered in co-operation with Kazakh Medical University of Continuing Education (KazMUCE). The development is part of a World Bank-funded project whereby the Ministry of Health of Kazakhstan selected JAMK and Lahti University of Applied Sciences as its strategic partners in the development of nursing education for 2016–2019.

The studies leading to a higher polytechnic degree will be realised with a combination of e-learning and contact hours in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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