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International opportunities at WinNova

International activity at WinNova consists of student and staff mobilities, development projects with international and national funding, and cooperation with foreign VET providers and other partners.

WinNova is actively involved in several EU-funded projects which lead to new pedagogical methodologies and learning environment innovations as well as pedagogical competence.

WinNova has been awarded Erasmus+ accreditation (2021 – 2027) by the Finnish National Agency for Education. Erasmus+ accreditation means a quality-assured “Erasmus+ membership”. Accredited organisations have demonstrated the long-term nature of their activities and commit themselves to complying with the quality standards of the Erasmus+ programme.

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Cultural heritage project in a European context

01.09.2020–23.08.2023 – Opetushallitus

The Cultural Heritage Project is carried out by four secondary schools from Hungary, Spain, Iceland and Finland. The purpose is to learn about other European cultures in an informal environment. The project consists of four short-term mobilities for groups of students, varied online assignments and events organized in the students’ own schools. In addition, a long-term mobility for individual students is being planned. In the first stage of the project students will prepare for the coming short-term mobilities by making videos about their own culture and language. They will also create online quizzes for the other schools. In the second stage student groups will visit each one of the project countries under the supervision of their teachers. The students of the host schools will introduce their culture and organise activities according to a chosen theme. In the third stage of the project students will continue to work in international teams and publish online magazines based on the mobilities. They will also share their experiences with all the other students in their own schools by organising Culture Days that introduce each of the project countries. The Culture Days will make use of the materials the students have produced during the project. The Cultural Heritage Project will bring students, teachers and schools an opportunity to create and strengthen international European contact networks. The participants will be able to increase their cultural awareness and improve their communicative abilities, English language proficiency and IT skills. The project advances the participating schools’ international activities and creates a basis for lasting cooperation.

GENUINE Digi – Together towards genuine digital teaching and learning

01.05.2021–30.04.2023 – Erasmus+

The objective of the project is to increase VET-teachers’ pedagogical online teaching skills and thereby increase the digital competences of both teachers and students. It would be important that VET-teachers have the skills needed to deliver quality and inclusive education through online, virtual means. Improving VET-teachers ´pedagogical online teaching skills have the impact that VET-teachers would understand how to best incorporate digital online technology into subject-specific teaching, training and learning including work based learning. They could themselves produce ideas how to best follow-up VET-students ´competence development, how to do exams or assessment online, how to deliver inclusive online training and how to do other pedagogically meaningful operations and actions online maintaining the same quality level as in classroom situations.

GENUINE Digi website

Marketing through Europe, MaTE

1.10.2020 – 30.9.2023 – Opetushallitus

The objective of the project is to develop a flexible training blueprint for business, administration, commerce and management field of upper secondary VET. In the training blueprint learning at work, project learning (in cooperation with SMEs and other organisations), studying abroad, digital learning and team learning are combined. By developing this flexible training blueprint the project enables business, administration, commerce students to acquire competences needed when operating in international operational environments and to advance the development of their soft skills.

The main aims of the strategic partnership project are:
1) Implementation of an investigative research including comparison of marketing related competence requirements in the partner countries.
2) Development of training scheme / curriculum (theme being marketing) that is targeted to business, administration, commerce and management students in the partner countries. The training scheme is partly digital and partly face-​to-face and conducted in English. The core pedagogical methods applied when executing the training scheme are project learning, learning by doing and team learning. In each partner country there are companies/SME s/organisations that are willing to let students plan, perform and evaluate their marketing activities. These SMEs / organisations act as associative partners during the project.
3) Development of training materials that are relevant regarding the above mentioned development and realization of training schemes, the output being e-​learning course / module. The development of marketing training scheme and training materials make it possible for business, administration etc. students and teachers in partner countries to network with each other. It also makes it possible for the students to complete study modules in English and get international experience through studying as a member of an European study group.

Marketing through Europe, MaTe website

International Forestry Cooperation

01.01.2023 – 31.12.2023Erasmus+

The main goal in this small-scale partnership project is to direct the students’ attention to exploit their abilities. One of the most useful ways of doing so is to get firsthand experience from other countries’ practices in their field of vocational education. Students can get new ideas, they will be more innovative, they can practice foreign languages and experience the importance of it, they will have better positions in work life and they can expand their social networks, which can be useful in their future carrier. Furthermore, they can learn about new cultures that are different from they got used to. One step to achieve these goals is to allow them to gain theoretical and real-life experience on such equipment which are not or just partly available in the school like simulators and harvester-forwarder machinery. Students can learn more about different types of forest culture, forestry methods and that knowledge can be used effectively in their daily studies as well. The project also tries to integrate the gained knowledge in local curriculum in order to make the forestry vocational education more innovative. The methods learnt at school are not always in parallel with the needs of the labour market. Meanwhile the partner organisation could help to fill the gap and show methods that are much closer to the real needs of the labour market. This could be the beginning of a long-term partnership programme as well. As the work language of the programme is English students in the programme could improve their foreign language knowledge as well.