The government of Finland has been taking steps to strengthen education-related collaborations with the Indian government.Last spring, Tekes and FinNode innovation network, conducted a survey on Finland-India educational, research and development and innovation cooperation. The aim was to examine the scope of cooperation between Finnish and Indian institutions in education, R&D and innovation.
The total number of Finnish-India collaborative projects identified and active in 2008 - 2012 was 157. In Finland, 73 different organisations participated in these projects, while the total number of Indian organisations was 75, says Krista Kiuru, minister of education and communication of Finland.
The 21 Finnish universities and research institutes involved in the projects covered every major organisation in the field and a number of Finnish commercial actors were engaged in collaboration projects with Indian organisations.
The Centres of Excellence (CoE) are the flagship of Finnish research. “They attract the best researchers at all levels – students, post docs from all over the world. We are also very pleased to see Indian students and researchers in the Finnish science and higher education community,” she says.
There is talk in Finland about education export. Until now, Finnish education export companies haven’t been very active in India.
“Finland and India share many things that could bring our education specialists together - ICT in education being one of them. The Finnish education system is not transferable as such to India nor to any other country, but by creating partnerships with their Indian counterparts Finns can surely be creating better education for Indian children,” she adds.