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The first Generation Study Abroad International Symposium to take place outside of the U.S. was held in Helsinki, Finland in partnership with the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI)and theFulbright Finland Foundationfrom September 17-18, with additional partnership building activities for U.S. and Finnish higher education institutions on September 19.
The event convened Commitment Partners and industry professionals in the region to engage in solution-driven dialogue that pushes the envelope on how we think and "do" study abroad, featuring unique opportunities to grow and enhance international partnerships in support of increasing U.S. student mobility. The Symposium Series focuses on addressing the significant value of the intersection between study abroad, global talent and workforce development.
With its focus on U.S.-Europe study abroad, this symposium highlighted innovations and solutions that increase and diversify the participation of Americans studying abroad.
|Monday, September 17, 2018||Tuesday, September 18, 2018||Wednesday, September 19, 2018 (Add-on Option)|
|9:00 – 9:45 AM Welcome Remarks from IIE, EDUFI, Fulbright, and special guest speakers: Assistant Secretary Marie Royce, U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and Ministerial Advisor Ilkka Turunen, Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture||8:30 – 9:00 AM Breakfast||9:30 – 1:00 PM Partnership Forum & Lunch hosted by EDUFI for U.S. and Finnish institutions|
|9:45 – 11:15 AM Concurrent Sessions||9:00 – 1:00 PM International Partnership Building to Enhance U.S. Student Mobility Workshop||1:00 – 4:00 PM Finnish University Site Visits for U.S. participants|
|11:15 – 11:45 AM Plenary: Perspective on U.S. and Finnish Collaborations in Higher Education from Bruce Oreck, Executive in Residence at Aalto University, Former U.S. Ambassador to Finland||1:00 – 2:00 PM Lunch|
|11:45 – 1:00 PM Lunch||2:00 – 2:30 PM Closing Remarks|
|1:00 – 1:45 PM Panel: Linking Higher Education to Global Workforce through International Experiences||5:00 – 6:30 PM Reception at U.S. Embassy|
|1:45 – 2:15 PM Coffee Break|
|2:15 – 3:30 PM Concurrent Sessions|
|3:45 – 4:00 PM End of Day Remarks
|6:00 – 8:00 PM Dinner hosted by EDUFI|
- Monday AM Concurrent Sessions
Session 1: Faculty Exchange, Institutional Partnerships and Industry Collaboration: A Channel from Theory to Practice Marina Wikman, Senior Lecturer of Communication at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences
Session 2: From Palm Trees to Pine Trees: Short-term Student Mobility between San Diego & Jyväskylä Chris Kjonaas, Director for International Engagement at San Diego State University Laura Laamanen, International Coordinator at University Jyväskylä
- Monday PM Concurrent Sessions
Session 1: Maximizing U.S. Faculty-led Study Abroad Programs through International Partnerships Dr. Susan Buck Sutton, Fellow at IIE’s Center for International Partnerships; Dr. John Lucas, President and CEO of the International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP)
Session 2: Taking Study Abroad Beyond “Study”: The Role of Work Abroad Programs in Global Skills. Ulla Härmä, Development Senior Adviser, The Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI); Mark Overmann, Vice President of External Affairs at InterExchange
Symposium site: Helsinki Congress Paasitorni
Hotel suggestions in close proximity to Helsinki Congress Paasitorni:
(IIE has not made room block reservations for Symposium attendees. Please secure your own hotel reservation or lodging.)
- Scandic Paasi (located next door)
Paasivuorenkatu 5 B Helsinki, 00530, Finland
- Scandic Hakaniemi (250 m / 3 min walk)
Siltasaarenkatu 14 Helsinki, 00530, Finland
- Hilton Helsinki Strand (approx. 400 m / 5 min walk)
John Stenbergin Ranta 4, Helsinki, 00530, Finland
Want to learn more about international partnership opportunities between U.S. and Finnish institutions?
- Check out our webinar from May 21, 2018 – Explore U.S.-Finland Academic Engagement
- Learn more about our International Academic Partner Program to Finland
Cultural Sites of Interest
- Allas Sea Pool is a nice way to experience the Finnish Sauna and some swimming in the city center.
- Haltia the Finnish Nature Center is located about 40 minutes away from Helsinki by bus and gives a nice experience of Finnish nature.
- The Dare to Learn is taking place in Helsinki on September 18-19. Consider adding to your itinerary after the Symposium.
- Amos Rex, newly opened art museum where the past, present, and future meet. The museum is a new private art museum with unique architecture.
- Ateneum Art Museum
- Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum
- Desing Museum of Finnish design
- Finnish National Opera