Starting in 2007 I have had the opportunity to provide yearly lectures as a visiting professor to Erasmus students and Finns at the University of Jyväskylä. The pictures presented here are just a few from the lectures. This has been an amazing opportunities to both meet students from all over the world and also to get to know Finnish education and culture at a much deeper level.
Finland is now internationally recognized for its educational transformation. Most notably this has been reflected in the annual Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) exam. Teachers in Finland are highly educated (all having at least a Master's degree) and are provided wide latitude in their classrooms without an overly prescribed curriculum. In other words, there is a high degree of trust in their abilities. In addition, teacher education programs are highly selective relative to other programs. Finnish schools are also largely 'standardized' in the sense that they are quite similar in their quality and offerings. Quality is the key here too as Finns spend less time in class than their American counterparts and also do less homework.
2015 PISA Results
In 2013 a group of NC State College of Education faculty traveled to Helsinki, Tampere, and Jyväskylä in order to initiate connections and collaboration.
Below are some helpful videos that will give you some insight into the Finnish Educational system: