Nordic conference on the Student-centred approach and the quality of degree education brought together 200 participants to Finlandia Hall

Mirella Nordblad
Konferenssin yleisöä.

Finnish Education Evaluation Centre organised on 14 June 2016 a Nordic conference on the Student-centred approach and the quality of degree education. The conference was part of the 2016 Finnish presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers and it was organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Culture. In particular, student-centred learning and teaching, the changing roles of students and teachers and the quality of degree education were discussed at the conference.

The opening speech of the conference was held by Anita Lehikoinen, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry and Education and Culture. The conference was chaired by professor Riitta Pyykkö, Vice-rector of the University of Turku, who also presented the work of the Nordic Council of Minister’s ad hoc group for the quality in higher education (the ad hoc group’s final report:  Student-centred approach from a Nordic perspective).

The keynote speaker of the conference was professor Bjørn Stensaker from the University of Oslo. In his keynote, Stensaker maintained that student-centred teaching and learning outcomes are concepts that have become increasingly important in Europe, also in connection with quality assurance. According to Stensaker, there are political ambitions of connecting quality assurance closer to teaching and learning processes. In his speech, he pointed out some of the promises and challenges in relation to this.

The opening session of the conference was live streamed. The recording is available on FINEEC’s YouTube-channel.




Towards stronger student-centred approach, Anita Lehikoinen, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Culture

Greetings from the Nordic Council of Ministers, Anders Geertsen, Head of Department, Nordic Council of Ministers

Student-centred approach from a Nordic perspective, Professor Riitta Pyykkö, Vice-rector, University of Turku

Keynote: Student-centred teaching, quality assurance and learning outcomes: Connections and complexities, Professor Bjørn Stensaker, University of Oslo


Session 1

How to promote quality learning in the 21st century?, Anna Parpala, Project Director, Centre for Research and Development of Higher Education, University of Helsinki

An Active Student Participation perspective, Alexis Engström, Student and Project Assistant, Uppsala University

The teachers’ role in the changing landscape of technology rich environments, Cathrine Tømte, Research Professor, Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education & Trine Fossland, Associate Professor, The Arctic University of Norway.

Student-centred learning as a core of pedagogical development: Advances and hindrances. Guðrún Geirsdóttir, Assistant Professor in Education and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Iceland.

Session 2

What do the skills and competencies of employees mean for small and medium-size enterprises, Mika Tuuliainen, Head of Educational Affairs, The Federation of Finnish Enterprises

Competence development in higher education: Assessing the alignment of curricula. Seija Mahlamäki-Kultanen, Dean, School of Professional Teacher Education, Häme University of Applied Sciences

Quality in education as teaching for student engagement and competence development. Jens Dolin, Professor in Science Education, University of Copenhagen

Student-centred teaching and the quality of learning. Maria Weurlander, Educational Developer, KTH Royal Institute of Technology