Twin cities Helsinki & Tallinn attract schools with #ErasmusPlus funding

The wind seems to have changed. Now it blows from south to north.

The twin cities Helsinki and Tallinn attract schools more than ever as venues of #ErasmusPlus courses. The Finnish course provider Euneos has already been able to confirm 12 courses for this school-year, 8 of them in the capitals of the most northern EU country Finland and the most northern Baltic country Estonia.

Looking at the map you notice that Helsinki and Tallinn are situated only 80 km away from each other. The ferries transport millions of passengers across the Finnish bay of the Baltic Sea every year, in less than two hours. Finns speak about digging a tunnel from capital to capital. And Estonians smile willingly.

But it would be an error to think that European schools are interested to send their principals and teachers to the north because of touristic reasons. If they liked to have fine weather and sunny beaches, Helsinki or Tallinn wouldn’t be the favorite targets at all.

Finland and Estonia are countries shining with the  results of their school education. Many international researches give evidence about that. The best known are the PISA studies of OECD. For two decades Finland has been the absolute Number 1 among European countries in PISA. Now Estonia has reached the same level, and even exceeded the Finnish level in math results.

Estonia has worked wonders when it comes to digital transformation both in schools and in the whole society. It is said that Estonia is the most digitalized country of today. And because digitalisation is a mega trend in school education everywhere, it’s obvious that Estonians will benefit from their hard work for innovation.

Professor Jouni Välijärvi from Jyväskylä university is the person who probably knows the international trends in schools better than anyone else in Finland. He is called Mr PISA in his home country, because of his long career as a scientist who has carried out this international research. Euneos had an honour to have him as a speaker in our #ErasmusPlus benchmarking course in Helsinki last April.

The trend of Estonian schools is rising, professor Välijärvi said in his presentation. And, according to him there seems to be nothing that would stop the positive development in that country. Other countries, Finland included, must really do their best to keep up with the small but ambitious Estonia.

I think digitalisation is the key factor of success. Countries, provinces, cities, municipalities and schools that are the  most competent to go towards digital transformation will also be the future winners both in schools and in education altogether.

Those professionals of education who share this thought have turned their looks at the north. What the heck are those small northern members of the EU doing to get their schools flourish?

I am afraid the colleagues elsewhere can’t catch the idea without seeing it with their own eyes. Euneos has prepared great #ErasmusPlus courses for you, and already confirmed 12 of them. If you are really curious, go and see which course of attracts you most.

P.S. Of course we have also great courses for the colleagues who live here in the north and know what it’s like here. I have a good hint for you. There is a rich choice of Euneos courses also in Spain, Portugal, UK and Netherlands.


manager of Euneos Corp., EU course provider since 2006, senior lecturer of high school (retired), language teacher, writer

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