In May 2016 EDU’s EQJ-group had the honor to host colleagues, professors Larissa Jõgi and Krista Loogma from Tallinn University, School of Educational Sciences, professor Georgios Zarifis from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Markus Weil from the Institute for Further Education and Educational Advice,  School for Teacher Education and professor Joon Heo from Yeungnam University, the College of Education.

Programme included e.g.

  • collaboration discussions, e.g. about joint research workshop at Tallinn University and exchange options between the universities.
  • research seminar with doctoral students. Presentations from Katriina Tapanila, DongSeob Lee, Weil, Jõgi, Loogma and Zarifis. And a joint seminar with doctoral and MA students. Presentation from. e.g. Johanna Lätti.
  • Panel discussion “Reforms in HE – perspectives from Europe and South-Korea”
  • Discussion with EDU’s Let’s Work Together action group.

Discussed topics and themes

  • Katriina Tapanila: The meaningfulness of academic work and agency in the transforming university
  • DongSeob Lee: Confronting and Coping with Mergers? The Cases of Vocational Higher Education Reform in Finland and South Korea
  • Markus Weil: The power of definitions: How “strategies”, “evidence” and “product management” change higher education and its relation to VET
  • Larissa Jõgi: Nordic-Baltic cooperation in adult education. Collective Story of Estonian adult educators.
  • Krista Loogma: Europeanization in VET Policy as a Process of Reshaping the
    Educational Space. How the process of reshaping the educational space manifests itself in the process of the Europeanization of VET policy in the case of Estonia?
  • Georgios Zarifis:  Recognition, validation and certification of competences (RVCC). Developing a validation framework (the theme of the presentation).
  • Johanna Lätti: Implementation practices of equality politics in Finnish universities, from the actor perspective and related to the administrative and organisational changes in the academic regime (the context of the university reform since the Universities Act 2009)