Suomi-Finland 100 launching event took place in Hanoi on 13th January, when the Embassy of Finland together with Vietnam Intellectual Cooperation Center (VICC), Alpha Books JSC and National Academy of Education Management (NAEM) organized a book publication event of a new Vietnamese edition of Pasi Sahlberg's Finnish Lessons 2.0. The event brought together students, representatives of educational institutions and ministerial guests.
Finnish Lessons 2.0 is a world renowned book by Pasi Sahlberg, that documents how Finland achieved success through original and forward looking educational reforms. It highlights the special features of Finnish education system and its future prospects. The book is also a message and a source of inspiration for other countries that are reforming and developing their educational systems. It has been translated into almost 30 languages.
The Ambassador of Finland to Vietnam, H.E. Mr. Ilkka-Pekka Similä started the event by his opening speech, where he emphasized the importance of Finnish education system in our society's rapid development. The speech was followed by opening remarks from the representatives of Ministry of Education and Training and the National Academy of Education Management. The main speaker of the event was Riikka Hassi from EduCluster Finland, who gave a presentation on Finland's education system and the possible application of its features in Vietnam's education reform.
The publication event concluded in a discussion session, giving guests the opportunity to present their ideas or ask questions from the panelists. Discussion was lively and many questions were posed regarding topics such as Finland's curriculum, the autonomy of Finnish schools, teaching methodology, interdisciplinary approach in teaching and concrete measures that Vietnam could take in order to enhance its education system.
The event was successful and it confirmed that there are a lot of interest in Finnish know-how in the field of education in Vietnam. Finland is seen as a potential partner in Vietnam's efforts to reform its education system and this brings considerable possibilities for future cooperation between the two countries.