I had a great pleasure to take part in teaching a group of Master’s degree students in my Alma mater, University of Oulu. What made the experience even more pleasant was the topic of the course: Global education and development.
As far as I know, University of Oulu is the only university in Finland which has a global education professor and which offers International teacher education (ITE) programme focusing on ethics, sustainability, diversity and development. Some of the students participating in my course study in this programme and some follow, an international Education and globalisation (Edglo) programme, also offered by University of Oulu. Among the participants were also a group of exchange students in Education department in University of Oulu. In sum: all students were future educators and potential decision makers in the field of education – an extremely important group of people!
It has been a long time I have publicly spoken about my own area of expertise – privately it has been by favourite topic for years Therefore, it was ever more pleasant to witness that these future educators share my “philosophical home” and also consider global education an important topic in research and as part of their own academic studies. It visibly was not something “beyond our basic work” as suggested many of the teacher participants in my dissertation research in 2008-2011.
For the future development and implementation of global education, it was especially encouraging to see the genuine interest towards global education and to hear the students’ questions, opinions, suggestions and other arguments shared during our sessions. I believe that global education has great potential in making a positive change in the world. I also believe that these young students will play their part of making it happen.
Read more about the above programmes in University of Oulu: