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Adult education organisations see international cooperation as a tool for development

CIMO has published statistics about the international activities of Finnish adult education organisations for the first time. The goal of the survey was to get an overview of international activities in adult education in Finland.

Adult education organisations were asked about international mobility periods of students and staff members and also, for example, of international strategies, activities, projects and networks.

The results of the survey show that adult education organisations view international cooperation as a significant and versatile tool to develop their work: there were documents to steer international cooperation in a third of the respondent organisations and almost half of the organisations were in the process of writing or updating an international strategy.

Most commonly, internationalisation at adult education organisations meant benefiting from staff and students that come from different cultural backgrounds, and provision of training and integration of immigrants; half of respondents regarded these important. 40% also regarded development of language training as important.

Compared to other education levels, learner mobility does not play a very significant role in adult education. Apart from that it is more difficult for adult learners to take time off from everyday responsibilities, work and family, this also tells us that current programmes offer little funding for international mobility of adult learners.

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Statistics on internationalisation: Adult education


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