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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.

Agenda Overview

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


Symposium site: Helsinki Congress Paasitorni

Paasivuorenkatu 5 A, FIN-00530 Helsinki

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

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