The University of Jyväskylä (JYU, http://www.jyu.fi) is an internationally renowned research university and an expert in education that focuses on human and natural sciences.
The JYU has 15 000 degree students of which 8 % are international students. In total JYU has 40 000 students, including adult education. JYU has 2 700 staff members of which 9 % are international staff members. The University has established strong international partnerships in the field of education with some 260 European universities, covering the whole of the European Union. Outside Europe, the University has about 60 active partnerships in the Americas, South and East Asia, Australasia and Africa. The University of Jyväskylä is a highly popular place for learning, with applicants from throughout Finland and from over 100 countries abroad.
The University of Jyväskylä is strongly linked with top national and international research, business and innovation communities. According to the field of research comparison, the JYU is one of the most productive universities in Finland. From the business perspective, the University ranks among the four most interesting universities in Finland. At the same time it is part of over 300 international scientific networks and has more than 50 ongoing collaborative programs with top universities from Europe, North America, Japan, China and India. JYU can be found at lists of the Shanghai, Times Higher Education, CWTS Leiden, Best Global Universities and QS World University Rankings.
The Open University is an independent institute at the University of Jyväskylä, specializing in lifelong learning and online learning. It is the largest and most versatile open university in Finland, with over 14 000 students annually. The Open University offers over 50 bachelor-level subjects in Finnish from all the seven faculties of the University of Jyväskylä, as well as a wide range of general studies, including language and communication courses.
Besides virtual learning environments face-to-face teaching is arranged in Jyväskylä and Helsinki, as well as in over 50 educational partner organizations throughout Finland. During the last ten years, we have developed in-house a study concept in e-learning and web environments using many different platforms, tools and virtual learning environments.
The Open University of University of Jyväskylä will participate in the project as a full partner. We will actively participate in WP 2 (Requirements and modelling of the educational model), WP 6 (Integration of framework in learning environments) and WP 7 (Design and development of pilots).
The Open University of Jyväskylä is one of the most significant Open Universities in Finland (15,000 students, and about 50 Bachelor level subjects). During the last ten years, we have developed in-house a “study-concept” in eLearning and www-environments using many different platforms, eLearning environments and tools. In many subjects, the eLearning concept includes all the elements from the very beginning (student registration) until the end (exams and getting the certificate or diploma). The only, kind of “missing part”, is the strong identification with the students.
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