NordForsk has decided to grant funding of 300 000 NOK to the application ‘Cross-cutting themes and issues in the Nordic higher education research – with special focus on justice and equality in/through education’ and 300 000 NOK to the application ‘Vocational education, transitions, marginalisation, social justice’ submitted by the NCoE JustEd.
“This is very good news! Now we have really good resources to strengthen the collaboration,” says Dr. Ulpukka Isopahkala-Bouret, University of Helsinki, who is the convener of the new collaboration project focused on Nordic higher education research – with special focus on justice and equality in/through education.
Ulpukka Isopahkala-Bouret emphasize collaboration between different research teams focused on Nordic higher education.
When Professor Lisbeth Lundahl gave an open lecture at the University of Helsinki, she emphasized the high costs free school choice has led to in Sweden.
In her lecture “Global neoliberal education policies and their adoption in Sweden” she opened up what is happening when competition becomes a key issue in Swedish schools. She illuminated the consequences of privatization of education in Sweden, where nine out of ten so called free-schools are run by private companies.
Professor Kristina Brunila and Professor Lisbeth Lundahl are working together within JustEd.
As a result of the JustEd Mobility Fellowship, Clément Rivière, who is a postdoctoral researcher at Universite Paris-Est, France, is visiting the University of Helsinki for two weeks in December.
On 3 December Clément will discuss the school and urban socialization of children and parents during an open lecture in Athena room number 167, at 10-12. The title of the lecture is Urban Dimension of Education.
A new Swedish-language teacher education programme will be launched at the University of Helsinki in autumn 2016. After years with a shortage of teachers for Finland’s Swedish-speaking population, two researchers from one of NordForsk’s Nordic Centres of Excellence are taking on the task of remedying the situation.
“We are concerned that the education provided to children is fair. This is not just something we work with; it’s something we feel very passionate about,” says Gunilla Holm, a professor of education at the Institute of Behavioural Sciences at the University of Helsinki. Her colleague Fritjof Sahlström, the deputy head of the institute, agrees. “It’s crucial that we not only conduct research, but that the results are used to implement measures in the real world,” he adds.
Professor Gunilla Holm and Fritjof Sahlström, University of Helsinki.