Salpaus Further Education hosted multiple Finnish and international guests from our partner schools during the week 40. The first visitors consisted of the Board members of the Dutch Deltion College and they arrived to Päijät-Häme on Monday September the 26th. The coordinator of Salpaus´ international affairs, Ulla Pantsar, says that the aim of this visit was to get to know to our organization better and how we do things in practice.
- They’ve heard a lot about us since we’ve been cooperating for more than ten years on student and staff exchange. Now they wanted to see our campuses and how we do things around here.
Working together helps both sides
On Thursday and Friday from September 29th to 30th, Salpaus hosted an international Network of Networks –event, during which several networks of vocational schools discussed 21st century education and cooperation in developing vocational education and training. The participants were from Finland, The Netherlands, Northern Spain, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Pantsar thinks that the visits went well.
- Our guests really enjoyed themselves in our Asikkala campus. One of the visitors said that there couldn’t be a better place to organize this type of innovation seminar than this.
Also, on Thursday Finnish vocational secondary schools signed a FINN-NET cooperation agreement in Asikkala, which creates a network between Salpaus, Tampere Vocational College Tredu, Jyväskylä Educational Consortium and Vantaa Vocational College Varia. Cooperation between these schools has already started back in 2008 with the first Network of Networks –partnership project. The vice principal of Salpaus, Hannu Heinonen, has been the chairman of the FINN-NET network during the year 2016.
Cooperation between the Finnish and international networks will continue in the future. Salpaus and the FINN-NET network will visit in Holland in November 2017. The aim is to get to know to the Lean –management in The Dutch Alliance network’s schools. Later on Jyväskylä Educational Consortium will organize another trip to Holland to explore new kinds of learning environments. The next Network of networks –event will be arranged in Scotland in 2017.
- These are profitable cooperation opportunities, because you always learn something new from others. Cooperation will also create great possibilities for our staff’s skill development, and for organizing and diversifying student’s periods abroad, Pantsar adds.
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Text: Tytti Myöhänen
Picture: Ulla Pantsar