Board members of GBS St. Gallen from Switzerland have visited Jyväskylä Educational Consortium for two very intensive days 24-25 August 2017.
The visitors were given an extensive overview of the organisation, education system and all the development going on at the moment. GBS St. Gallen is since several years a partner for the media sector (printing, photography). They are also one of the external partners in the KA2 project Commercialpolis. One of the concrete aims of this visit was to expand this cooperation to other fields and to the strategic level as well.
Amongst many other things the principals and managers of GBS St Gallen (name list below) were introduced to Finnish vocational teacher training, development regarding digitalisation of both processes and learning, quality assurance, language teaching and guidance processes. Teacher training was presented by Harri Keurulainen, Hannele Torvinen and Tuulia Kiilavuori from JAMK Teacher Education College.
Thursday afternoon the visitors met with Principal Pirjo Kauhanen to discuss the organisational changes and the VET reform.
Friday morning was devoted to regional development and global partnerships presented by Director of Development Anu Tokila and Programme Manager Marleena Tuuri.
During the visit both parties found out that, although there are significant systemic level differences, there are a lot of similiarities on strategic level that can be advanced through cooperation between the two VET providers. In the more immediate future there is hope to work on issues around digitalisation as well as staff and student mobilities. We are expecting the first mobilities to take place during this school year from electrical engineering and hairdressing programmes.
Participants from GBS St. Gallen
- Lukas Reichle, director of GBS
- Daniel Kehl, deputy-director of GBS, head of vocational education and training at GBS
- Thomas Klement, head of the technical departement of GBS
- Patrik Forrer, head of the school of design of GBS
- Nicole Bauer, head of KSD – social care team of GBS
- Jürg Pfeiffer, head of paedagogical advice and support team of GBS
- Michael Andrist, head of IT at GBS
More information on the Commercialpolis project:
Picture credit: Daniel Kehl
More information: Rea Tuominen, international coordinator