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One of the basic principles of Finnish education is that all people must have equal access to high-quality education and training. The key words in Finnish education policy are quality, efficiency, equity and internationalisation.

In Finland everyone has the right to free basic education, including necessary equipment and text books, school transportation and meals. Post-compulsory education is also free: there are no tuition fees in general and vocational upper secondary education, in universities of applied sciences or in universities. Education is primarily co-financed by the Government and local authorities.

PISA 2015: Finnish youth still at the top despite the drop

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15-year-olds ranked in third place among the OECD countries in scientific literacy in PISA 2015 survey. Finnish students were still among the best in reading literacy and mathematical literacy has remained unchanged.

There is a lack of enthusiasm for science, however, and this is reflected in a drop in score points.

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Basic education of the future – Let's turn the trend!

tulevaisuuden_peruskouluFinnish education has received international acclaim for its high quality. In recent years, however, national and international evaluations have indicated a decline in the learning outcomes of pupils completing their basic education. The significance of competence and learning in future society and motivation and teaching were selected as the flagship themes of the project Basic education of the future – Let's turn the trend!
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Education at a Glance: Long study periods in Finland

The OECD published its annual indicators on education (Education at a Glance). It compares different OECD countries and partner countries in the light of educational levels, employment by educational attainment, the financial cost of education, enrolment in education and indicators relating to teachers. The publication also analyses the results of international assessments, such as the student performance survey (PISA survey) and the study of adult competencies (PIAAC). Read more

The Survey of Adult Skills PIAAC - Basic skills of Finnish adults one of the best in the OECD countries

PIAACThe international survey showed that average literacy and numeracy skills among Finnish adults were excellent. Finnish adults were also among the best in the survey in their ability to solve problems in technology-rich environments.

But there were many whose skills were weak too. The good average scores are largely thanks to the good skills of 20 to 39-year-olds, skills among older age groups are at the OECD average level. Read more

Education system based on trust and responsibility

ictopeThe Finnish education system has no dead-ends. Learners can always continue their studies on an upper level of education, whatever choices they make in between.

The activities of education providers are guided by objectives laid down in legislation as well as the national core curricula and qualification requirements. The system relies on the proficiency of teachers and other personnel.  The ideology is to steer through information, support and funding

Education system

Education policy in Finland

omppuOne of the basic principles of Finnish education is that all people must have equal access to high-quality education and training. The same opportunities to education should be available to all citizens irrespective of their ethnic origin, age, wealth or where they live. Education policy is built on the lifelong learning principle.

The key words in Finnish education policy are quality, efficiency, equity and internationalisation.

Education policy

Educational autonomy is high at all levels

leijonalippuThe national education administration is organised at two levels. Education policy is the responsibility of the Ministry of Education and Culture. A national agency, the Finnish National Board of Education, is responsible for the implementation of the policy aims. 

 Many matters are decided by the education providers themselves – the local authorities and their consortia. These make the decisions on allocation of funding, local curricula, recruitment of personnel.

Polytechnics and universities enjoy extensive autonomy. They organise their own administration, decide on student admission and design the contents of degree programmes.

Administration in education

Internationalisation is a central strategic goal for Finnish higher education institutions

tutkinnotAn international evaluation team set by the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council has published its report on international degree programmes (IDP) in Finland.

The evaluation team finds that internationalisation has been taken as a serious objective in all strategies of the Finnish HEIs. The IDPs are seen as an important instrument for reaching the objectives of institutional internationalisation.

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