Pioneering Finnish education expertise globally

The EduCluster Finland story starts four decades ago at a time when Finnish education was underperforming. Finland made a strategic decision to innovate and build a high-impact educational system.

This extraordinary evolution was achieved by looking outwards to the world for solutions. These solutions were then rooted into real-life education and have grown over time.

As the world observed evidence of Finnish educational success through PISA and other international benchmarking systems, Finland engaged in cycles of continuous refinement, which goes on to this day.

The University of Jyväskylä has long played a central role in re-shaping education in Finland. Over the years, the activities of the University’s individual experts, faculties, and special operating centres have enabled excellence in Finnish education to be internationally recognised.

In 2010, in order to build upon accomplishments and consolidate expertise of three Jyväskylä-based education providers in one capability centre, EduCluster Finland was launched. Since then we are proud to have co-created several Finland International schools and provided professional development for thousands of teachers, school leaders and directors of education.

Now, 10 years later, we are privileged to work in partnership with governments, ministries, schools and educators from Latin America to East Asia, Northern Europe to South Asia, and across MENA.

We continuously develop our know-how in close collaboration with our three owner organisations:

Jyväskylä Educational Consortium Gradia

a forerunner in international Finnish accredited vocational qualification programmes and a large-scale provider of general and vocational upper secondary education

The University of Jyväskylä

an international centre of excellence, home to PISA, TIMSS, PIRLS, and PIAAC. In the field of Education, it ranks top 40 – in the 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities, top 125 in the 2020 THE World University rankings, and between 51-100 in the 2020 QS World University rankings

JAMK University of Applied Sciences

an international higher education institution, which specialises in eight key competence fields including vocational teacher education, and engages in intensive collaboration with the world of work

The EduCluster Finland Academic Advisory Council

The Academic Advisory Council, composed of leading independent experts in education and capacity-building, provides specialized information and opinion to support EduCluster Finland operations and international partnerships.

Dr. Kaj Björk

Gisella Langé

Dr. Kari Pitkänen

Professor Jouni Välijärvi