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Education export at its best: LUMA Centre opens in China

The collaboration between Finnish universities and China is branching out into science education. Modelled on the LUMA Centre Finland network, the LUMA Centre China will open at Beijing Normal University (BNU).
The collaboration agreement was signed in Beijing on 10 October. In the photo: Director of LUMA Centre Finland Maija Aksela (front left) and Minister of Education Sanni Grahn-Laasonen (back left).
The collaboration agreement was signed in Beijing on 10 October. In the photo: Director of LUMA Centre Finland Maija Aksela (front left) and Minister of Education Sanni Grahn-Laasonen (back left).

Professor Esa Räsänen, Chairman of the Board of LUMA Centre Finland and Director of the LUMATE Centre in Tampere, is delighted with the news.

"The establishment of the LUMA Centre China in Beijing represents an important milestone for Finland's education export and is testament to the success of the LUMA Centre Finland. It is wonderful to see that the Finnish Minister of Education has taken such a prominent role in supporting the project. This collaboration will open the door to international science education projects, which will have ripple effects across other fields of science and technology,” says Esa Räsänen.  

Räsänen says that the collaboration will directly benefit Tampere’s LUMATE Centre, which is an active participant in the LUMA network.

“We have to make the most of these opportunities. The LUMA network in Finland is attracting widespread international interest: there are plans to establish an entire LUMA network in China, and a STEM delegation (science, technology and maths) from South Korea has already visited Tampere and Helsinki,” Räsänen adds.

United we are better

The LUMA Centre China is the first LUMA centre established abroad. It is modelled on its Finnish counterpart and connects early education, schools, parents and the business world to support research and development collaboration with university and teacher education in mathematics and science.

The collaboration agreement signed by the universities in October promotes research and development collaboration and researcher exchange in the fields of science and technology education.

“The promotion of natural sciences and mathematics is one of the focal points of our education policy. In the budget negotiations, the government decided to invest an extra five million euros in this field. It is great that the methods developed to strengthen science and maths learning have interested international actors and thus enabled new collaborations, says Finland's Minister of Education Sanni Grahn-Laasonen.  

China has made rapid progress in research into the teaching of modern technology, which is hoped to provide inspiration for Finnish school education.  

Further information:

Professor Esa Räsänen, Chairman of the Board of LUMA Centre Finland, Director of LUMATE Centre in Tampere, tel. +358 50 301 3386, esa.rasanen@tut.fi     

What are LUMA and LUMATE?

– LUMA Centre Finland is an internationally unique science-education network with participation from all Finnish universities and many academic centres. The network is coordinated by the University of Helsinki.

Tampere’s LUMATE Centre is part of the LUMA network in Finland. The centre has a mission to instil interest and enthusiasm for natural sciences, mathematics and technology among children and youth. The centre runs science clubs, camps and competitions, educates teachers, and hosts Café Scientifique events for the general public and other science events.

– The LUMATE Centre Tampere is a joint organization between Tampere University of Technology, the University of Tampere and Tampere University of Applied Sciences.
News submitted by: Sara Riihimäki
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