Central Finland is a province of education and culture, with a strong focus on training, research, and schooling at all levels. The educational sector is a major regional employer and an educated workforce form a significant competitive factor for the region.
The educational know-how in Jyväskylä ranks at the top level in Finland: the JAMK University of Applied Sciences is the third most popular establishment of its kind in our country, the University of Jyväskylä ranks fifth in the total number of applicants and Gradia is the no. 3 provider of general and vocational upper secondary education in the country. The educational sector has been a strength in the Jyväskylä region for a century: Uno Cygnaeus founded the first Finnish-language teachers’ seminary in Jyväskylä more than 150 years ago.
Innovative teaching methods, cooperation between education and business, and learner-centred pedagogy are some of the main themes in exportation of education. The best-trained teachers in Finland are also based in Jyväskylä.
The Jyväskylä Educational Consortium Gradia, the JAMK University of Applied Sciences and the University of Jyväskylä have created EduFutura, a unique centre of excellence that aims to create flexible study paths between different educational levels. In practice, the cooperation between the JAMK and the University means that a student can cross-study in these establishments and to create their own individual study path.
EduFutura coordinates the interoperability of the study plans of different educational institutions and the shared use of experts, projects, and facilities. Additional focus is put on student counselling, support services, methods of credit transfers and smooth transitions.
In Jyväskylä, determined efforts are made in terms of exporting the region’s strong knowledge in education. To spread the education expertise, the EduCluster Finland expert organization (ECF) has been founded. Its focus on the GCC countries, Asia and Latin America.
EduCluster Finland provides services in education quality assurance and assessment, as well as training on developing international expertise in education.
EFC is active within educational systems reform, the assessment and development of the quality of training and education, professional development, teacher training and supporting employment through vocational and higher education.
Institutes and adult education