In Finland, research, development, and innovation (RDI) activities form the cornerstone of progress. The nation’s commitment to R&D is evident as it strives to increase expenditure to 4% of GDP by 2030. Currently, a significant portion of public sector R&D funding is allocated to higher education institutions, underlining the importance of quality education as a catalyst for high-level RDI efforts.
In our interconnected world, collaboration knows no borders. Finnish higher education institutions actively seek partners from the Global South to embark on joint research, development, and innovation projects. These partnerships extend to various domains, but as can imagined quite a number revolve around teaching and learning. Embracing digitalisation as a powerful tool and enabler, these projects integrate cutting-edge technologies to enhance learning experiences and address global educational needs.
In the realm of education, the impact of these partnerships is far-reaching. Collaborating with countries in the Global South allows us to gain invaluable insights into diverse educational systems, cultural contexts, and challenges. This understanding enriches our approach to education and helps us develop tailored solutions that cater to the unique needs of learners across the globe.
Through these joint initiatives, we share knowledge, expertise, and best practices, fostering a spirit of collaboration and mutual growth. Our focus extends beyond traditional educational boundaries, as we explore innovative ways to empower teachers, engage students, and embrace digital tools for enhanced learning outcomes.
The significance of education in RDI activities cannot be overstated. Our commitment to nurturing a skilled and empowered generation of learners not only fuels progress within Finland but also drives positive change on a global scale. By leveraging the power of education, research, and innovation, we endeavor to create a future where quality education is accessible to all, breaking barriers and building bridges of knowledge across continents.
This is one great part that I get to enjoy through my research. I get to work with colleagues in the south and as a side effect of my research imagine and drive for larger collaboration between my university here and universities in the African Continent. That is lucky.