Within the Finnish Government, the Ministry of Education and Culture is responsible for developing educational, science, cultural, sport and youth policies and international cooperation in these fields.  The Minister of Education and Culture, Ms. Sanni Grahn-Laasonen is responsible for matters, which fall under the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Tuition fees for higher education students from outside the EU/ETA area


As of the beginning of 2016, Institutes of higher education may charge tuition fees from students coming from outside the EU and the ETA. The size of the payments could vary between different schools and between the different programs offered by a particular school. The higher educational establishments would decide themselves on arrangements regarding collection of the fees. They would need to have a scholarship system, through which the studies of students participating in the fee-charging degree programmes would be supported. The size of the fee charged would have to be at least €1,500 per year.

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Finland's Basic Education Act awarded


Finland's Basic Education Act won the Silver Future Policy Award for the promotion of children's equal access to education and training. The Act was recognized for guaranteeing children’s equal access to high-quality education and training, irrespective of ethnic origin, age, wealth, language or location.

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Education ministers and industry leaders call for new policies to improve teaching and learning


Education ministers and leaders of education-related private sector industries who participated in the Global Education Industry Summit emphasized that new technologies can help to improve teaching and learning. The conference, held in Helsinki, was organized jointly by the OECD, the European Commission and the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.

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Research: Effort needed to boost adults' skills in literacy, numeracy and IT

PIAAC_logo_engStrong literacy, numeracy and IT skills provide a solid foundation for studies, employment, job search and participating in society in general. In Finland there are around 600,000 people aged between 16 and 65 whose skills in these areas are not sufficient. These foundation skills can, however, be acquired also in one's adult years. Read more

Working group preparing formation of a new government agency

In line with the Government Programme, reforms in the structure of government agencies will be further pursued. There are plans to establish a new agency under the administrative domain of the Ministry of Education and Culture by merging the functions of the Centre for international Mobility (CIMO) and those of the Finnish National Board of Education (FNBE). CIMO is an expert organisation providing services on international mobility and co-operation. FNBE  is responsible for the development of pre-primary, basic, general upper secondary, vocational upper secondary and adult education. Read more

The new core curriculum for basic education emphasises the joy of learning

pojatThe new core curriculum for basic education will be introduced in schools in August 2016. The curriculum emphasises the joy of learning and the pupils´ active role. It is based on the learning conception that positive emotional experiences, collaborative working and interaction as well as creative activity enhance learning.

The Finnish National Board of Education has confirmed the new national core curriculum for basic education. 

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