University of Oulu

Internationalization of Finnish higher education : policy goals and alumni insights

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Author: Rogler, Andreas1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Faculty of Education, Educational Sciences
Format: ebook
Version: published version
Access: open
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Pages: 66
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Language: English
Published: Oulu : A. Rogler, 2019
Publish Date: 2019-06-26
Thesis type: Master's thesis
Tutor: Lehtomäki, Elina
Reviewer: Haapakoski, Jani
Lehtomäki, Elina


This thesis interrogates the influences of neoliberalism on the internationalization of Finnish higher education. It starts with an introduction to the way neoliberalism affects higher education while also providing a short introduction to Finnish higher education. It then combines both concepts and discusses the two policy papers: Better together for a better world — Finnish Internationalization Policies of higher education from 2017 to 2025 and Action Plan Report for Global Education Brand Finland. Neoliberal influences are identified in both papers as the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture thrives at improving the reputation of Finnish higher education by turning it into a brand. The future vision, that is outlined in the two documents, is then compared to the experiences of international alumni who have graduated from the study program Education and Globalization (EdGlo) at the University of Oulu. For this purpose, an alumni research has been conducted. Additionally, the author draws on both his own experiences as an EdGlo student, as well as on feedback sessions with current EdGlo students. Both the alumni research participants and the documents stress the need for an alumni network. The participants overall high student’s satisfaction matches the description of the two policy papers. However, despite the policy papers’ goals of integrating international students into the Finnish working life, the participants struggled to find employment and to continue their academic careers in Finland. Teaching methods in the EdGlo program received a mixed review. Additionally, the survey found student diversity to be a main contributor to students’ satisfaction. Therefore, this thesis explores an alternative way of branding Finnish higher education based on an ethos of diversity and inclusion.

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