Last week, a group of civil servants from the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs visited Tampere and was trained by experts from the Faculty of Management at the University of Tampere.
The Faculty of Management started commissioned degree programmes in Asia already in 2011. Since then, the Faculty has had continuous collaboration with its Vietnamese partners and already run five two-year Master’s degree programmes in Vietnam.
Students of these programmes are civil servants who seek to upgrade and improve their expertise with the latest international scientific knowledge.
The education activities in Vietnam have also resulted in other interesting opportunities in Asia. This short course on public financial management is one example of such new possibilities.
Dean Antti Lönnqvist sees a lot of potential in transnational education.
“It offers new channels for utilising our knowledge and expertise in different contexts and environments. We are also able to widen our influence – we believe that the high-quality Finnish education can generate significant impacts in developing countries,” Lönnqvist says.
Lönnqvist also thinks that transnational education benefits Finnish teachers and researchers as it offers new ways of learning and enhancing one’s qualifications.
The Indonesian group’s visit resulted from collaboration with Finland University Inc. Finland University offers expertise in the international sales and marketing of education.
According to Research Director Harri Laihonen, this Indonesian group was a nice example of the increasing international demand for short courses.
“We have several ongoing negotiations with various groups that are interested in the Finnish governance structures and public administration. It seems that our good reputation in Vietnam has spread around Asia. Of course, this is also the result of the good work of Finland University Inc,” Laihonen explains.
The Faculty of Management is an academic research and education unit operating in the fields of politics, business and administrative sciences. It is a large community with 3,500 students and more than 200 academic staff members, including forty professors.