Past projects & news
KOIVU 1/2010 (Vol. 10)
A special article by Academy Professor Mart Saarma:
"Novel Neurotrophic Factors as Potential Drugs for Neurodegenarative Diseases"
PAST PROJECTS & NEWS
Symposium on welfare of children and families (17 Apr. 2013)
International Summer Academy for Artist-researchers 2013 (17 Apr. 2013)
Seminar on Research & Study Possibilities in Japan held in Helsinki (7 March 2013)
Master’s programmes application open (Jan 21, 2013)
The Finnish Government Scholarship Pool 2013-2014(October 31, 2012)
Symposium on welfare of children and families
Symposium Creating a children- and family- friendly society will be organized at Keio University in cooperation with Four Winds Association for Infant Mental Health and Kibi International University.
Adjunct professor Kaija Puura will give a keynote speech on Infant mental health care and welfare society for the wellbeing of children- suggestions from Finland.
Date: Sunday, 12 May 2013, 13:30-16:00
Venue: Keio University, Hiyoshi campus
For more information in Japanese and participation, click here.
(17 Apr. 2013)
International Summer Academy for Artist-researchers 2013
International Summer Academy for Artist-researchers 2013 will be held in Finland on 2-9 August 2013.
Graduate students in academic institutions pursuing practice-based research can submit applications and proposals to the Summer Academy.
The deadline for application is 29 April 2013.
For more information and application, click here.
(17 Apr. 2013)
Seminar on Research & Study Possibilities in Japan
held in Helsinki →FINISHED
FIJ will co-organize Seminar “Research & Study Possibilities in Japan” in Helsinki with Hokkaido University Helsinki Office and the Embassy of Japan. Please register and join the event, if you are interested in study or research in Japan!
Time: 13:15 – 18:00, Wed. 13th March, 2013
Venue: Metsätalo, S1, University of Helsinki (Unioninkatu 40)
For more information and registration visit the website of Hokkaido University Helsinki Office.
(7 March 2013)
Master’s programmes application open →CLOSED
The Master’s programmes in English at universities in Finland are now open for application. Here are the links offered by the Finnish universities.
The application deadline is February 15, 2013.
For other degree programmes in Finland, please use Study programmes database by CIMO.
- Border Crossings: Global and Local Societies in Transition (University of Eastern Finland)
- Cultural Policy (University of Jyväskylä)
- Bioinformatics (Aalto University School of Science)
- Foundations of Advanced Computing (Aalto University School of Science)
- ICT Innovation (EIT ICT Labs Master School) (Aalto University School of Science)
- International Design Business Management (Aalto University School of Science)
- Machine Learning and Data Mining (Aalto University School of Science)
- Mobile Computing, Services and Security (Aalto University School of Science)
- Physics of Advanced Materials (Aalto University School of Science)
- Service Design and Engineering (Aalto University School of Science)
- Service Management and Engineering (Aalto University School of Science)
- Strategy (Aalto University School of Science)
- Brain and Mind (Aalto University School of Science)
(Jan 21, 2013)
The Finnish Government Scholarship Pool 2013-2014
The Finnish government will support Japanese students or researchers with Master degree in their doctoral studies with the Finnish government Scholarship Pool 2013-2014. The application should be sent to JASSO by 7th of February 2013. For information on the application, please visit JASSO’s website (in Japanese).
(October 31, 2012)
Finland Fair – how you spend your time in the forest of Suomi (Oct 11, 2012)
Joint Finnish-Japanese call for the Application of Medical ICT Devices (Aug 22, 2012)
Seaberry Farm site visit and a lecture on Finnish berries in Hokkaido (1 Aug 2012)
Lecture “The EU through the Finnish Perspective” in Tokyo
(5 July 2012)
Summer course in Finnish language and culture in Jyväskylä
(26 March 2012)
Seminar Education Today in the Nordic countries in Tokyo
(Feb 21, 2012)
Symposium on World Heritage and Twentieth Century Heritage (February 3, 2012)
The Finnish Government Scholarship Pool 2012-2013 (September 27, 2011)
Seminar of health care and welfare in Hiroshima
(January 23, 2012)
Finland Fair – how you spend your time in the forest of Suomi
The 29th National Urban Greenery Fair Tokyo is held in 6 main venues in Tokyo with the theme of “A green wind rushing through Tokyo”. In one of the venues, Inokashira Park, there are many events organized under the theme “A wind of meeting and festivity”.
As a satellite venue of Inokashira Park, Keio Floral Garden Ange collaborates with the Greenery Fair by organizing the Finland Fair – How you spend your time in the forest of Suomi.
Time: 29th September 2012 – 28th October
Website of Finland Fair (in Japanese)
Website of Greenery Fair Tokyo
(Oct 11, 2012)
Joint Finnish-Japanese call for the Application of Medical ICT Devices
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), the Academy of Finland and Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation opened the joint call for research projects in the field of Medical Science.
For this first call, the area of Application of Medical ICT Devices has been selected.
Possible research themes might be for example e-health, ambient assisted living, smart homes, educational issues, regulatory issues, device and software development, data transfer, data organizing, test developing, and service systems.
Finnish researchers should apply for AF or Tekes and Japanese researchers JST. The call will be closed on 26th September.
For the detailed information, please visit the websites of AF, Tekes or JST (Japanese).
(Aug 22, 2012)
Seaberry Farm site visit and a lecture on Finnish berries in Hokkaido →FINISHED
Seaberry, utilized much in Finland as functional food, is cultivated also in Mukawa town, Hokkaido.
NPO Green Techno Bank will organize a study tour of seaberry on 21 August 2012. The tour includes the site visit of the seaberry farm and a lecture on berries in Finland.
For registration and more information visit the website of Green Techno Bank (in Japanese).
(1 Aug 2012)
Lecture “The EU through the Finnish Perspective” in Tokyo
EUSI (EU Studies Institute in Tokyo) will organize a public lecture, “The EU through the Finnish Perspective: the Meaning of Pro-EU and Anti-EU” at Tsuda college.
For more information, please visit the website of EUSI Tsuda.
Date: Saturday, 7th July 2012
Time: 13:00 -17:00
Venue: Nakajima Memorial Hall, 1F of Bldg. No. 7, Kodaira Campus, Tsuda College
Registration fee: free
(registration needed through the EUSI Tsuda Office below)
EUSI Tsuda Office: E-mail: eusi (at) tsuda.ac.jp
Summer course in Finnish language and culture in Jyväskylä
Summer University of Jyväskylä will organize an intensive summer course in Finnish language and culture in Jyväskylä on June 25 – July 13, 2012. They offer courses for beginners and advanced learners over 17 years old.
For more information and registration please visit
the website of Summer University of Jyväskylä.
Time: June 25 – July 13, 2012
Course fee: 595 € (course materials included)
Registration by May 14, 2012
(26 March 2012)
Seminar Education Today in the Nordic countries in Tokyo
Seikei University will organize a seminar Education Today in the Nordic Countries. Professor Sakari Moberg from the University of Jyväskylä will give a lecture on inclusive education in practice and a documentary DVD on the Finnish education system directed by an American director will be shown.
For more information, visit the website of Seikei University (in Japanese) or get the flyer (in Japanese).
Time: Saturday, 3 March, 2012, 13:00-17:00
Venue: Room 304, Building 3, Seikei University
(3-3-1 Kitamachi, Kichijoji, Musashino-shi)
(Feb 21, 2012)
Symposium on World Heritage and Twentieth Century Heritage in Tokyo →FINISHED
International symposium, Twentieth Century Heritage and World Heritage Listing – Discussion on the Outstanding Universal Value in Serial Site Nominations, will be organized at the National Museum of Western Art, in Tokyo.
Finnish architect Riitta Salastie will give a case study on Alvar Aalto and will participate in the round table discussion.
For information on registration and the programme in Japanese, please visit here.
Time: Saturday, February 18, 2012, 9:30 – 17:45
Venue: Auditorium, The National Museum of Western Art
Audience: first 80 persons registered in advance
(February 3, 2012)
The Finnish Government Scholarship Pool 2012-2013→CLOSED
The Finnish government will support Japanese students or researchers with Master degree in their doctoral studies with the Finnish government Scholarship Pool 2012-2013. The application should be sent to JASSO by 10th of February 2012. For information on the application, please visit JASSO’s website (in Japanese).
(September 27, 2011)
Seminar on the promotion of health care and welfare at home in Hiroshima →FINISHED
Faculty of Health and Welfare of Prefectural University of Hiroshima will organize a seminar to promote the health care and welfare at home.
Prof. Raija Komppula and Prof. Sirpa Hartikainen from the University of Eastern Finland will give a special lecture on society participation of elderly people and community activation.
No prior registration needed.
For more information in Japanese, please visit the website of the university.
Time: Friday 27 January 2012, at 16:20-20:00
Place: Lecture room 1101 Mihara Campus,
Prefectural University of Hiroshima
Info: Faculty of Health and Welfare, Prefectural University of Hiroshima
(January 23, 2012)
Academic Institute Forum founded in May 2012
The Finnish Institute in Japan, together with other Finnish academic institutes in Athens, Middle East, and Rome, and also with other Finnish cultural institutes in London, Madrid, and Berlin, founded the Academic Institute Forum in Helsinki in May 2012.
The Academic Institute Forum promotes the activities of the academic institutes and their cooperation. The Forum will participate in the Science Forum 2013 in Helsinki.
(21 Aug 2012)
A Gateway to Europe
Hokkaido University opens office in Helsinki
The academic co-operation between Finland and Japan was strengthened with a brand new office in April, when the Hokkaido University opened its first European branch in Helsinki.
Helsinki office is Hokkaido University’s third overseas and first one outside Asia. The other two offices are located in Beijing and Seoul.
Hokkaido University has agreements of co-operation with 30 universities in Europe. Now the university expects its Helsinki office to work as a hub for Japanese scholars heading outside Asia.
The office aims to promote co-operation between Hokkaido University and European institutions in research as well as student exchange.
– We would be delighted to have more international exchange students from outside Asia to study with us, and we are also encouraging our own students to study abroad outside Japan, President Hiroshi Saeki of Hokkaido University notes in an interview with the University of Helsinki.
President Saeki took part in the opening ceremony held on June 1 in Helsinki.
Arctic Studies link research partners
Finland’s location between Europe and Russia is ideal for the Hokkaido University office, since Slavic Studies is one of the focus areas of Hokkaido University. But academics in Hokkaido and Finland share a lot more in common than just a knowledge and interest in Slavic culture.
Together with its three Finnish partner universities, the University of Helsinki, the University of Lapland and the University of Oulu, Hokkaido University participates in research of the Arctic region.
All four universities are also members of the University of the Arctic, an international cooperative network of research institutes promoting research and education in North Pole.
The newly-opened Hokkaido University office is located in the very center of the Finnish capital in the premises of the University of Helsinki. It welcomes all interested visitors, Finnish and Japanese alike.
(18 June 2012)
Official webpage of Hokkaido University’s Helsinki office
The opening of the Hokkaido University office by the University of Helsinki
Japan-Finland Programme 2007-2011
This year The Finnish Institute in Japan started “Japan-Finland Programme 2007-2011” to strengthen and widen the existing research collaboration between two countries. This programme is consisted of 4 main targets:
- More Researcher Exchange
- More Research Collaboration
- More Student Exchange
- Better Mobility of young researchers
This programme is meant for all the Finnish academic and art universities, research institutions, the Japanese universities selected and Finnish and Japanese companies with research section.
The funding of the programme is covered mainly by Ministry of Education in Finland, the Academy of Finland, The Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes), together with counterparts in Japan.
This programme is administered by the Finnish Institute in Japan. As honorary presidents the President of the Republic of Finland, Ms. Tarja Halonen and H.I.H. Princess Takamado support the programme.
The Institute has also founded the Scientific Committee to support the programme.
Members from Finland (in alphabetical order):
- Ms. Satu-Maria Aho, Sales Director, Instrumentarium Dental Oy
- Dr. Ritva Dammert, Director, Aalto University
- Prof. Gustav Djupsjöbacka, Rector, Sibelius Academy
- Prof. Markku Löytönen, University of Helsinki
- Prof. Jorma Mattinen, Rector, Åbo Akademi University
- Prof. Matti Rautiola, Director General, Building Ingormation Foundation RTS
Members from Japan (in alphabetical order):
- Prof. Masuo Aizawa, Executive Member, Council for Science and Technology Policy
- Dr. Koichi Kitazawa, President, Japan Science and Technology Agency
- Prof. Hiroshi Komiyama, Chairman of the Institute, Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc.
- Dr. Ryoji Noyori, President, RIKEN
- Prof. Motoyuki Ono, Executive Advisor, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
- Mr. Toichi Sakata, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
- Prof. Katsuhiko Shirai, Executive Advisor for Academic Affairs, Waseda University
- Mr. Terutaka Kuwahara, Director General, National Institute of Science and Technology Policy
The Finnish Institute in Japan opened an office in Hokkaido
The Finnish Institute in Japan, located in Tokyo, opened a new office in Hokkaido. Official opening reception was held on March 3, 2011 in Sapporo.
The Hokkaido Office concentrates on developing researcher career, and enhancing the researcher and professor exchange between the two countries. See more.
(Feb 22, 2011)
Lecture on Family and Welfare in Finland (October 31, 2011)
Finland Week at Hokkaido University Sustainability Weeks (September 13, 2011)
NEXT2011 in Nagano (September, 16, 2011)
Lecture Lights of Finland in Abashiri (September, 13, 2011)
Finnish-Japanese call for joint research and seminars (July, 7, 2011)
Lecture Lights of Finland in Sapporo (July, 13, 2011)
Symposium on education in Tokyo (Feb. 25, 2011)
Lecture on the life of the Finnish People (Feb 1, 2011)
Seminar on Study Abroad in Osaka (Feb 8, 2011)
Joint Seminar on University Reform in Finland and Japan (Jan 24, 2011)
Finnish-Japanese joint seminars call opened (Dec 29, 2010)
The Finnish Government Scholarship Pool 2011-2012 (Nov 5, 2010)
Lecture on Family and Welfare in Finland →FINISHED
Prof. Dr. Kimmo Jokinen, Director of the Family Research Centre at University of Jyväskylä will introduce the real image of families with children and the policy development in the Finnish society today. For more information and registration, please visit the website of End Child Poverty Network (in Japanese).
Time: Wednesday 23rd November 2011, 13:00-16:00
(opens at 12:30)
Place: Room 201, Inter-Faculty Building 2, Ochanomizu University
Organized by Kibi International University, Graduate School of Social Welfare Studies
Co-organized by End Child Poverty Network
(October 31, 2011)
Hokkaido-Finland Days at Hokkaido University Sustainability Weeks →FINISHED
The Finnish Institute in Japan Hokkaido office will organize 4 international symposia as Hokkaido-Finland Days at Hokkaido University Sustainability Weeks 2011 on 28 October – 3 November 2011.
For more information please visit the link of each symposium or the website of Hokkaido University Sustainability Weeks 2011.
28 October: Opening Session for Sustainable Collaboration
31 October: Northern Environmental Research Symposium
1 November: Symposium on Tourism and Landscape in the North
2 November: Symposium on Indigenous People and Education
Co-hosted by: Hokkaido University, Institute of Low Temperature Science, Centre for Ainu and Indigenous Studies, Center for Advanced Tourism Studies
(September 13, 2011)
NEXT2011 in Nagano →FINISHED
NEXT2011 (The 8th Annual International New Exploratory Technologies Conference) will be held together with the 18th Nagano Jisso Forum in Nagano. The theme of this year is “Green Innovation & Energy Saving Philosophy from Finland and Asia”.
For more information, please visit NEXT 2011 website.
Time & Place:
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 at Oga-Hall, Karuizawa
Thursday, 27 October 2011 at Shinshu University
(September, 16, 2011)
Lecture Lights of Finland in Abashiri →FINISHED
A lecture on various kinds of ”lights” of Finland, including White Nights in summer and Northern Lights in winter, will be held in Abashiri, Hokkaido.
Time: Saturday, 8 October, 2011, 14:00-16:00
Place: Okhotsk Culture Exchange Center (Echo Center 2000) (Nishi 3-3, Kita 2 jyo, Abashiri)
Lecturer: Dr. Heikki Mäkipää, Director of the Finnish Institute in Japan
(September, 13, 2011)
Finnish-Japanese call for joint research and seminars →CLOSED
Academy of Finland and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science opened a joint call for collaborative research projects in the field of Biosciences and Environment and for joint seminars in all fields. This call requires application from the Finnish and Japanese researchers to each funding organization (Academy of Finland or JSPS). The application is not accepted, if only Finnish or Japanese researchers apply. The call for Finnish researchers will be closed on 30 September 2011 and for Japanese researchers on 12 September 2011.
For more information, please visit JSPS or Academy of Finland (in Finnish) website.
Lecture Lights of Finland in Sapporo →FINISHED
A lecture on various kinds of ”lights” of Finland, including White Nights in summer and Northern Lights in winter, will be held in Sapporo. Please register by phone (011-211-3670) beforehand.
Time: Saturday, 30 July, 2011, 14:00-15:30
Place: Sapporo International Communication Plaza
(3F, MN-Bldg. N1 W3, Chuo-ku, Sapporo)
Lecturer: Dr. Heikki Mäkipää, Director of the Finnish Institute
in Japan (with Japanese interpretation)
Registration: Sapporo International Communication Plaza by
Symposium on education in Tokyo →FINISHED
Inspired by the Finnish education a symposium on education will be organized at Mainichi Hall in Tokyo on March 5, 2011. Click here for more information in Japanese.
(Feb. 25, 2011)
Lecture on the life of the Finnish People →FINISHED
Director Heikki Mäkipää will talk about the life of the Finns and the system of the Finnish society at “Peace & International Shibuya City” lecture organized by Shibuya City. Click here for the flyer in Japanese.
Time: Tuesday 22nd February 2011, 14:00-16:00
Place: 5th Floor, Shibuya City Office
Audience: those who live, work or study in Shibuya,
up to 150 persons in order of arrival
Inquiries: Intercity Exchange and International Affairs Division,
Planning Department, Shibuya City Office
(Feb 1, 2011)
Seminar on Study Abroad in Osaka →FINISHED
“Study English! Study in English!” event will be organized by JASSO and Kwansei Gakuin University in Umeda, Osaka. There will be a seminar on study abroad, presentations of the experience of study abroad and possibility for personal consultant. If you are interested in join the event, register beforehand for participation.
Time: Saturday 19 February, 2011. 13:00-18:00
Place: Osaka Umeda Campus, Kwansei Gakuin University
(19-19 Applause Tower 14th Floor, Chaya-machi Kita-ku Osaka)
More information and registeration:
JASSO Information Center for International Education, Kobe Satellite
Phone. 078-242-1744 or by internet registration form(in Japanese).
(Feb 8, 2011)
Joint Seminar on University Reform in Finland and Japan
Seminar on University Reform in Finland and Japan, the 2nd Finnish and Japanese Higher Education Seminar will be held in Tokyo by the Center for national University Finance and Management and the University of Helsinki. To attend the seminar, please register by e-mail to the Center for national University Finance and Management by February 3, 2011. Please mention also if you wish to attend the reception (participation fee 3000 YEN) or not. Click here for the detailed programme.
University Reform in Finland and Japan
Time: Friday, 4th February 2011. Seminar: 10:30-17:00,
Place: 2nd Floor, National Center of Sciences Building
(2-1-2 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0003)
Language: English (no interpretation)
Inquiries and registration:
Planning Section, Management Support Division, CUFM
TEL: 03-4212-6310 FAX: 03-4212-6600
Finnish-Japanese joint seminars call opened →CLOSED
JSPS opened the call for Finnish-Japanese joint seminars for 2011. The theme for the seminar could be any research field. This call is only for Japanese applicant since the call for Finnish applicants are already closed this year. The call is open until 22 February 2011. For more information please visit JSPS’s website (Japanese).
(Dec 29, 2010)
The Finnish Government Scholarship Pool 2011-2012 → CLOSED
The Finnish government will support Japanese students or researchers with Master degree in their doctoral studies with the Finnish government Scholarship Pool 2011-2012. The application should be sent to JASSO by 10th of February 2011. For the detailed information please visit JASSO’s website(Japanese).
(Nov 5, 2010)
Young Finns were again among the best performers
(Dec 8, 2010)
In the main focus area, reading literacy, the mean performance of Finnish students was ranked third, after Korea and the non-OECD participant Shanghai. In mathematical literacy, the performance of young Finns was second best among the OECD countries and sixth among all participating countries and economies. Finland was outperformed by Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan. In scientific literacy, Finland came second after Shanghai. See more.
EVA Apply for EVA Junior Fellows 2011!
Every autumn EVA organizes a seminar for Junior Fellows, during which they have a possibility to exchange ideas with Finnish business leaders and experts from different sectors.
Please read more at www.eva.fi
Princess Takamado visited Finland in Summer 2010
Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado was invited to visit Finland from 30th June to 5th July by the President of Finland, Tarja Halonen. See more.
Joint Japanese-Finnish Forest Research Seminar in Tsukuba (Sept 15, 2010)
Seminar on Finnish-Japanese education research in Kawaguchi (Sept 15, 2010)
A special lecture series on Finland at Meiji University (Sept 15, 2010)
JASSO Study Abroad Fair in 2010 in Kobe (Sept 15, 2010)
Yomiuri Culture Forum lecture “Finland, Equal-opportunity society fosters children for the future” (Sept 15, 2010)
The Finnish Institute at JASSO Study Abroad Fair in 2010 (Sept 15, 2010)
The Birth of Aalto University from a Student Point of View (Aug 13, 10)
Professor Grätzel wins the 2010 Millennium Technology Grand Prize for dye-sensitized solar cells (Jun 14, 10)
Joint Finnish-Japanese call in Functional Materials open (Sept 15, 2010)
Prof. Airaksinen lectured at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Jan 25, 10)
Finnish-Japanese call for joint research in future of living (Jan 15, 10)
Studying Finnish at Summer University of Jyväskylä (Jan 15, 10)
Eduvisits website opened for arranging educational visits to Finland (Jan 28, 09)
Joint Japanese-Finnish Forest Research Seminar in Tsukuba
Forest and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI) and Finnish Forest Research Institute (METLA) organized the second joint Japanese-Finnish Forest Research Seminar “Forestry in changing environments” at FFPRI in Tsukuba. Director General Hannu Raitio and three researchers from METLA participated in the seminar. Next year the two institutes will start the joint project to research the influence of forests on human health.
(Sept 15, 2010)
Seminar on Finnish-Japanese education comparative research in Kawaguchi → FINISHED
16 November 2010, Friendia, Cupola, Kawaguchi
Since 2009 City of Kawaguchi and University of Jyväskylä have done joint comparative research of lessons at school in Finland and in Japan. The results of the project were
presented in this seminar.
(Sept 15, 2010)
A special lecture series on Finland at Meiji University
Director Heikki Mäkipää gives a lecture series on Finland in English at Meiji University, School of Global Japanese Studies. The series is open for everyone interested in learning more about Finland.
Special lecture series “Finland Study” at Meiji University, School of Global Japanese Studies
At Meiji University, Izumi campus, Room 008
30 Sept. 2010 Finland – a country on Polar Circle
14 Oct. 2010 Finland – a country of silent people
21 Oct.2010 Finland – a country of sustainability
28 Oct. 2010 Finland – a country of high quality education
4 Nov. 2010 Finland – a country of diversity culture
11 Nov. 2010 Finland – a country of heroes
(Sept 15, 2010)
JASSO Study Abroad Fair in 2010 in Kobe
24 October 2010 Information Center for International Education, Kobe Satellite, JASSO
JASSO organized Study Abroad Fair in Kobe to give information and advice. If you are interested in studying abroad, please visit the site. For more information in Japanese please visit JASSO’s website.
(Sept 15, 2010)
Yomiuri Culture Forum lecture “Finland, Equal-opportunity society fosters children for the future”
7 Oct. 2010 ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kanazawa
8 Oct. 2010 Toyama International Conference Center
Director Heikki Mäkipää and a Finnish school teacher Ms. Eija Pajarinen will lecture on Finnish educational system in Kanazawa and Toyama at Yomiuri Culture Forum organized by Yomiuri shimbun Hokuriku branch. Free entrance, registration beforehand required. For more information in Japanese, please visit Yomiuri’s website.
(Sept 15, 2010)
The Finnish Institute at JASSO Study Abroad Fair in 2010
September 23, 2010, Plaza Heisei, Tokyo International Exchange Center, JASSO
Finnish Institute in Japan will participate in JASSO Study Abroad Fair in 2010 and will give information and lecture on study in Finland. If you are interested in studying in Finland, please visit the fair. For more information please check JASSO’s website (Japanese).
(Sept 15, 2010)
The Birth of Aalto University from a Student Point of View
From January 2010, a new university “Aalto University” was created in Helsinki to promote innovation through combining the former Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki School of Economics, and the University of Arts and Design. From the beginning, the purpose of the Aalto University is to embrace the interdisciplinary possibilities that the new combination of technology, business and design can offer to create new productive ideas. See more.
Professor Grätzel wins the 2010 Millennium Technology Grand Prize for dye-sensitized solar cells
The Millennium Technology Prize is Finland's tribute to developers of life-enhancing technological innovations, awarded biannually. In 2010 the total amount of the prizes is 1,1 million euro of which one million comes from the Finnish state and 100,000 euro from Technology Academy Finland. The main prize is 800,000 euro, and the other Laureates will be awarded 150,000 euro each.
Professor Michael Grätzel from Switzerland was awarded the 2010 Millennium Technology Prize for his third generation, low cost, dye-sensitized solar cells. The winner was decided by the Board of Directors of Technology Academy Finland, based on the recommendation of the International Selection Committee. President of the Republic of Finland Tarja Halonen handed the 800,000 euro Grand Prize and the prize trophy “Peak” to Professor Grätzel on June 9.
Joint Finnish-Japanese call in Functional Materials CLOSED
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), the Academy of Finland and Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation opened the joint call for research projects in the field of ‘biomaterials for medical applications’ and ‘advanced materials for printed functionality’. Finnish researchers should apply for AF or Tekes and Japanese researchers JST. The call was closed on 29th October. For the detailed information, please visit the websites of AF, Tekes or JST (Japanese).
For detailed information on the fields, please check here.
(Sept 15, 2010)
Prof. Airaksinen lectured at Tokyo Institute of Technology
Prof. Timo Airaksinen from the University of Helsinki lectured on “Fin and Japanese technology from a philosopher perspective” at Tokyo Institute of Technology on 10 Feb as a part of event series, “Norden at Tokyo Tech”.
Date: 10 February 2010, 18:00 – 19:30
Place: Collaboration Room, 2nd Floor, West 9 building, Ookayama campus, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Finnish-Japanese call for joint research in future of living Academy of Finland and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science opened a joint call for collaborative research projects in the field of future of living and for joint seminars in all fields. The call for Finnish researchers was closed on 29 January 2010 and for Japanese researchers on 17 February 2010.
Studying Finnish at Summer University of Jyväskylä
Summer University of Jyväskylä will organized an intensive summer course in Finnish language and culture on June 28 – July 16. 2010.
For more information please visit Summer University of Jyväskylä website.
Eduvisits website opened for arranging educational visits to Finland
A website, Eduvisits-Educational Visits in Finland to arrange educational study visits in Finland was opened in collaboration with the organizations such as Finnish National Board of Education, University of Helsinki and Sibelius Academy. The site offers fee-based services of organizing professional study tours and educational consultancy abroad. For more information please visit Eduvisits.
(Jan 28, 09)
University of Oulu will participate in JASSO Study Abroad Fair in 2009 (Oct 1, 09)
Finland-Japan Joint Funding Call in Functional Materials Open (Sept 7,09)
Finland-Japan Joint Seminar on Well-being in Aging Society 2009 in Oulu (Sept 2, 09)
New Japanese Research Abroad Program for Young Researchers (Aug 21, 09)
Lecture on Finnish parents in Tokyo (Aug 19, 09)
The Eighth Japan-Finland Joint Symposium on Optics in Engineering in Tokyo (Aug 18, 09)
Nordic Festa at Waseda University (July 2, 09)
Workshop on Nanophotonics jointly organized in Finland (June 17, 09)
7 research projects selected for the Joint Funding Call in the field of Functional Materials (Apr 17, 09)
University of Oulu will participate in JASSO Study Abroad Fair in 2009
Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) organizes Study Abroad Fair every year in Tokyo. This year, University of Oulu will participate in the fair. You can have a look at brochures of other universities, too. If you consider studying abroad, please visit the fair. For more information please check JASSO website (in Japanese only).
Date: Saturday, 17th October 2009, 11:00 – 17:00
Place: 3rd floor, Tokyo International Exchange Center
(2-79 Aomi, Koto-ku Tokyo)
Finland-Japan Joint Funding Call in Functional Materials Open
The Academy of Finland, Tekes and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) open a joint funding call in the field of functional materials. This funding programme started last year, and the fields of this year are: photonics, opt electronics, photonics, optoelectronics, solar cells and batteries
For more information, please visit the website of the Academy of Finland.
The general guidelines for this call can be found in JST website.
Finland-Japan Joint Seminar on Well-being in Aging Society 2009 in Oulu
Finland-Japan Joint Seminar on Well-being in Aging Society 2009 - Promoting Active and Healthy Aging will be organized in Oulu, Finland on 13-14 October. In this seminar, latest information on national policies and strategies and research achievements in promoting healthy aging and well-being through innovations will be presented.
For more information and registration, please visit JAFI’09’s site.
New Japanese Research Abroad Program for Young Researchers
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science announced new programs for sending young researchers abroad. The program consists of Individual Awards and Institutional Awards. For details, please visit JSPS website below(only in Japanese).
Research Abroad Program for Young Researchers (Individual Awards)
Research Abroad Program for Young Researchers (Institutional Awards)
The Eighth Japan-Finland Joint Symposium on Optics in Engineering in Tokyo
OIE ’09, The Eighth Japan-Finland Joint Symposium on Optics in Engineering was organized at Tokyo University of Science in Tokyo on 3-5 September. There were 25 papers presented by the Finnish participants.
For more information, please visit OIE ’09 website.
Lecture on Finnish parents at University of the Sacred Heart
Research Coordinator Satu Perälä-Littunen lectured on "Child-rearing and parental thinking in Finland" at University of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo on 27 August.
For more information, please visit the website of the University (in Japanese).
Nordic Festa at Waseda University
Nordic Festival is an open event for those interested in Nordic countries. The Festival consisted of Nordic Café (Jul 7) and Nordic talk session: Well being and Education (Jul 10).
For more information, please visit the website of Waseda University, International Community Center:
July 1-2, 2009
Workshop on Nanophotonics jointly organized in Finland
VTT and Nanophotonics-related organizations of the University of Tokyo jointly organized “Finland-Japan Workshop on Nanophotonics and Related Technologies” in Finland on July 1-2.
For more information please visit VTT website.
Time: July 1-2, 2009
Place: VTT Micronova, Tietotie 3, Espoo, Finland
Organizers: VTT, Global Center-of-Excellence (GCOE) Program of the University of Tokyo and the Nanophotonics Research Center of the University of Tokyo
7 research projects selected for the Joint Funding Call in the field of Functional Materials
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) opened the Japanese-Finnish joint call with the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes) and the Academy of Finland (AF) as a part of its Strategic International Cooperative Program. The research field of this year is Functional Materials, and out of 27 applications 7 joint research projects are selected.
For more information about the selected projects, please see the Academy of Finland website (in Finnish).
Workshop for Europe and Asia: Finland, Russia, and Japan
Date: Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 15:00 - 19:00 pm
Place: No. 18th Meeting Room, 10th Floor, Soken Building, Center for International Studies at Aoyama Gakuin University
Map: Aoyama Gakuin University:
Access: 10 minutes from Shibuya station, 3-4 minutes from Omotesando Metro station Just opposite side of the United Nation University
Partners: The Finnish Institute in Japan, the Association for Balto-Scandinavian Studies, and the Center for International Studies at Aoyama Gakuin University
Dr Sari Autio-Sarasmo (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki):
"Finland and the Soviet Union during the Cold War: Interaction and Cooperation"
Ms. Hanna Smith (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki):
Russia, the European Union and Finland: many policies, faces and levels but one Europe?
Professor Hiroshi Momose (Emeritus Professor of Tsuda College):
Finnish Realism vs. Japanese Idealism: Small States Perceptions in Postwar Years 1944-1948
Ms. Yuko Ishino (Researcher at the Institute of International and Cultural Studies at Tsuda College):
National History and Mythology in Finland and Japan: A Comparative Discussion
Joint Finnish-Japanese Seminar on Northern Environmental Research
From September 3 to 5, 2008, the University of Lapland’s Arctic Centre and the Finnish Institute in Japan hosted the Joint Finnish-Japanese Seminar on Northern Environmental Research at the Arctic Center in Finland. The seminar was attended by representatives of Hokkaido University (HU) and several universities and research centers in Finland.
The purpose of the Joint Finnish-Japanese Seminar on Northern Environmental Research was to initiate preparation of concrete co-operation projects, to seek external funding for them and to increase student and scientist exchange. The seminar disseminates information which has strong potential to benefit each other and exchanges and increases scientific expertise on northern issues on the themes which are relevant to the northern areas both in Finland and Japan.
The themes of the seminar are (1) Forest management and biodiversity, (2) Landscape and land use changes, (3) Cryosphere and (4) Long term monitoring.
Seminar program and presentations
Finland and Japan open a joint funding call
within functional materials
The Academy of Finland, Tekes and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) will open a joint funding call in the field of functional materials. The aim is by developing the functionality of materials to achieve technological and scientific breakthroughs in the field of material engineering. In addition to research, the funding is also aimed at promoting researcher mobility and arranging joint events. There is already existing cooperation between Finnish and Japanese researchers in the field of functional materials.
The call for proposals will be posted in early September on the Academy and Tekes websites. The description of the thematic area and funding agency-specific detailed guidelines will be published in connection with the call. The aim is to specify the thematic area of the call differently each year. JST plans to open a call in Japan in August 2008. (SA 18.6.08)
(July 4, 2008)
Finland to receive the national
A proposal for a national innovation strategy for Finland was submitted in early June to Mauri Pekkarinen, Minister of Economic Affairs. The proposal for the strategy, entitled ‘Towards New Demand- and User-oriented Innovation Policy’, proposes new outlines for reforming Finland’s innovation policy and an action programme for their implementation. The strategy aims at securing the high quality, international competitiveness and attractiveness of the Finnish innovation environment.
He says that if Finland desires to be a leading country in terms of research, technology and innovation, it must augment its investments in research and technology, with a new demand- and user-oriented innovation policy. The final strategy will be presented to the Government in autumn 2008 and, later, to Parliament. (SA 18.6.08)
(July 4, 2008)
The Academy of Finland
launches cooperation with JST
The Academy of Finland and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on scientific cooperation. The MoU makes it possible for the two organisations to launch joint funding cooperation.
Also Tekes, the Finnish funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, signed a similar MoU at the same time in Helsinki. The aim is to fund annually a minimum of three Finnish-Japanese research projects. (SA 18.6.08)
(July 4, 2008)
The FinNode network expanded to Japan
FinNode Japan is the latest in the line of Finnish innovation centres abroad, opened in Tokyo in June 2008. Its aim is to strengthen cooperation and joint activities between Finland and Japan in research, development and innovation.
For Japanese partners, FinNode Japan offers an opportunity to reach Finnish key actors through a single point of contact. For Finnish parties, the innovation centres relay observations about the development of the innovation environment in the country of location and establish contacts with key operations.
FinNode Japan was established by Finpro, Tekes, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and the Academy of Finland. In addition, the Finnish Institute in Japan will also participate in its operation. (SA 18.6.08)
(July 4, 2008)
Erasmus Mundus in Finland publication
Introduces 11 Master’s programmes
The Erasmus Mundus programme is a cooperation and mobility programme in the field of higher education promoting the European Union as a centre of excellence in learning around the world.
The cornerstone of Erasmus Mundus are the 103 integrated top-quality Master’s courses that lead to an officially recognised double, joint or multiple Master’s degree.
These Master’s courses are offered by at least three universities operating in three different European countries.
Finland participates in Erasmus Mundus by offering high-quality Master’s programmes in its areas of expertise. Finnish universities are currently involved in eleven Erasmus Mundus Master’s Courses.
More information about the Erasmus Mundus programme http://ec.europa.eu/education/programmes/mundus/index_en.html
Erasmus Mundus in Finland publication in pdf-format
(March 17, 2008)
Rector Sallinen invited
as the keynote speaker to Japan
Prof. Aino Sallinen, Rector of University of Jyväskylä gave the Keynote presentation at 21st COE Program "Science of Institutional Management of Technology" (SIMOT), 4th Annual International Symposium at Tokyo Institute of Technology on 28-29 February 2008.
Finnish-Japanese call for
Joint Research Projects opened
The Academy of Finland has several activities with Japanese funding organisations aimed at facilitating and increasing Finnish-Japanese research collaboration.
The Academy and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) have concluded a Memorandum of Understanding on funding cooperation, first signed in 1982 and renewed in 2004. Active forms of funding cooperation have included exchange of scientists, joint Finnish-Japanese scientific seminars and the Finnish-Japanese bilateral core programme (joint research projects).
The fourth core programme call was opened in December 2007 and will close on 29 February 2008. The theme of the call is ‘ubiquitous information technology’. Up to four two-year projects will be funded within the call. For more details see www.aka.fi/eng > For researchers > Apply now.
(Academy of Finland Newsletter, December 2007)
Finland takes number one spot
in OECD's latest PISA survey
Finland once again takes the number one spot in OECD's three-yearly PISA test of the abilities of a sample of 15-year old secondary-school students, followed by Hong Kong (China) and Korea.
For further information please clik here OECD Minedu
The FiDIPro Programme Brochure
The Finland Distinguished Professor Programme (FiDiPro) is a funding programme led and financed by the Academy of Finland and Tekes. The brochure presenting the FiDiPro programme has just been published. More details here.
The Joint Seminar organized in Finland
The Institute organized a joint seminar in three cities in Finland in June 2007. For seminars at University of Helsinki and University of Oulu, speakers are invited from JSPS, Academy of Finland, Tekes, and a speaker from RIKEN, Executive Director Mr. Toichi Sakata, joined at University of Jyväskylä.
In Helsinki, Ambassador Hitoshi Honda opened the seminar and emphasized the importance of collaboration between two countries. Both in Oulu and in Jyväskylä, the rectors of universities, Prof. Lauri Lajunen and Prof. Aino Sallinen opened the seminar by expressing their view of cooperation with Japan.
The seminars were meant for all the Finnish students and researchers interested in collaboration with Japan. The invited speakers introduced their funding programmes, so that Finns can make the best of the possibility offered. The seminars were attended by 162 researchers in all.
Contact persons of Finnish universities
After “Golden Week” in 2007 , the contact persons of 13 Finnish universities visited Japan to activate their international exchange and joint research cooperation with their Japanese partners.
They represented universities such as; University of Oulu, University of Lapland, University of Joensuu, University of Vaasa, University of Turku, Tampere University of Technology, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Helsinki School of Economics, Turku School of Economics, University of Art and Design Helsinki, Sibelius Academy, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and Theatre Academy.
The delegation members had a chance to visit their partner universities and also those universities, with which they wish to start collaboration in the future.
In all they visited or met the representative of 22 universities and institutions (in chronological order): Kyoto University, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto Seika University, Kyoto University of Art and Design, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Osaka University, Osaka College of Music, Kobe University, Kwansei Gakuin University, University of Marketing and Distribution Sciences, Hokkaido University, Northern Regions Center, Hokkaido University of Education, Hokkaido-Finland Society, Sendai-Finland Wellbeing Centre, Tohoku Fukushi University, Tohoku University, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Tama Art University, Rikkyo University and Kagawa University.
The Rector of University of Jyväskylä
In February 2007, the Rector of University of Jyväskylä, Prof. Aino Sallinen visited Japan with the delegation of professors and staff. The delegation visited partner universities and institutions to get familiar with the facilities and to strengthen their collaboration based on the agreement.
They started their tour from RIKEN Head Quarter in Wako to meet the President, Dr. Ryoji Noyori, and to Waseda University. At Hiroshima University after discussing with the President Dr. Taizo Muta, the delegation visited different departments of their own interest.
Feel Finland in Science 2006
Feel Finland in Science 2006 was an initiative where the Finnish Institute in Japan provided opportunities for Finnish universities and research laboratories to establish long lasting collaboration with Japanese universities. The collaboration is based on top quality research, mutual benefit and interest. The initiative also offered scientists possibilities to present new research based innovations to help our daily life and the quality of life.