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ERIC Number: EJ831847
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan-23
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
What American Colleges Can Learn from the Finns
Casey, Kevin
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n20 pA33 Jan 2009
As large as Finland is small, as rich in natural resources as Finland is not, bordered by smaller, peaceable nations to the north and south and large oceans to the east and west, nobody has ever come to America and forced its people to rename and reorganize their colleges and universities--or, for that matter, to do anything else. Americans are masters of their destiny, world leaders in higher education, and they wouldn't have it any other way. Yet the history and present state of Finnish higher education suggest that such independence is more of a mixed blessing than many understand. Even as proximate military threats have receded, Finland remains highly dependent on its connections to Europe and the wider world. Finns understand the importance of human capital and the dangers of falling behind their competitors. As a result, they have been more willing to alter higher education to reflect their evolving society and meet the needs of the times. The author discusses the lessons that American colleges can learn from the Finnish educational system.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland