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University of Jyväskylä and City of Shanghai enhance cooperation in continuing teacher training

A delegation of the management of SMEC (Shanghai Municipal Education Commission), including Deputy Director-General Wang Ping, paid a visit to the University of Jyväskylä on 14 September 2015. SMEC is in charge of education administration in the City of Shanghai. The University of Jyväskylä and SMEC signed a cooperation agreement that comprises, for example, a joint effort for establishing the Centre for Shanghai Teacher Training and Collaboration in Jyväskylä in order to provide continuing education for teachers in Shanghai and develop educational collaboration.

The agreement is based on the idea that the cooperation of two strong education organisations with high PISA results benefits the development of teacher education and educational leadership in both areas.

The University of Jyväskylä and SMEC started their cooperation at the beginning of 2010s. Since that, several groups of teachers and school leaders from Shanghai have participated in continuing education in Jyväskylä. Their instructors have mostly been experts from the Faculty of Education and the courses have been organised by EduCluster Finland Ltd, a subsidiary of the University of Jyväskylä.

A SMEC sign was delivered to the JYU to mark the agreement. In the portrait Zhou Zengwei (Shanghai Teacher Training Center) (left), Wang Ping (Shanghai Municipal Education Commission), Matti Manninen (JYU) and Zhang Minxuan (Shanghai Normal University).

Further information:
Kari Pitkänen, Director of Strategic Planning and Development, University of Jyväskylä, tel. 050 364 1010, kari.j.pitkanen@jyu.fi
Elise Tarvainen, Director of Global Operations, EduCluster Finland Ltd, tel. 050 440 7989, elise.tarvainen@educlusterfinland.fi