Finland host “Happy students” reception for Chinese exchange students


The Consulate General of Finland in Shanghai recently welcomed Chinese students who will be furthering their studies in Finland with a “Happy Students” reception at the Consul General’s residence, media The Standard writes in a recently published article.

The event was attended by Chinese freshmen students admitted by Finnish higher education institutions as well as the Consulate General’s alumni representatives who are Chinese students who have already studied in Finland. Scholars and partners in the field of Sino-Finnish education were also present at the reception.

China and Finland could last year celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations between the two nations and according to officials, the cooperation and exchange between the two nations have deepened in the field of education and science.

During the reception, Pasi Hellman, Consul General of Finland in Shanghai said that Finland welcomes all kinds of diversity in their higher education institutions. “Mobile students, especially degree-seeking students, are the glue of our educational institutions. Congratulations to all of you who have been admitted to our higher education institutions,” he said.

Mari-Anna Suurmunne, the Counselor of Education and Science at the Embassy of Finland in Beijing, said that Finland has been named “the happiest country in the world” for four consecutive years. That title is reflected in the country’s “high-level education quality, equal educational opportunities, a free academic environment, generous student welfare, and career development options that match the characteristics of each student, she said.

The Finnish National Agency for Education has launched official Weibo and WeChat accounts to share information on studying in Finland and stories of Chinese alumni to better communicate with Chinese students and alumni members.

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