Vietnam-Finland International School being developed

A ‘Finnish School Day’ was arranged during 28 – 29 October 2017 at Ton Duc Thang University in Hanoi to commemorate the 100th Independence anniversary of Finland (1917-2017), the 45th diplomatic establishment anniversary between Vietnam and Finland, as well as the 20th establishment anniversary of Ton Duc Thang University (TDTU).

Ms. Nguyen Thi Thu and Prof. Le Vinh Danh giving thanking flowers to partners who supported the organization of Finnish School Day 2017

The project development board of Vietnam-Finland International School (VFIS) of TDTU, in collaboration with the Embassy of Finland in Vietnam and Wise Consulting Finland Company (WCF) organised the event, as it was also announced the start of the construction of the Vietnam-Finland International School under TDTU.

VFIS aims to establish an educational system from primary to high school based on the Finnish education model. This is the first time an international school, approved by the government, to be established in a university. The construction is expected to begin in November 2017. The campus has a basement, a ground floor and 3 storeys with a total construction area over 40,000m2 on a 2-hectare site in TDTU Headquarters.

Mr. Kari Kahiluoto, the Ambassador of the Embassy of Finland to Vietnam introducing the Finnish education

The school has been designed and supervised by a Finnish architect team. Finnish experts are constructing the P-12 education program in two forms: a) the whole program is Finnish, taught in English by 100% Finnish teachers. The students will obtain International Baccalaureate Certificate upon graduation; and b) the program is regulated by the Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam with 50% Vietnamese and 50% English for Vietnamese Baccalaureate; as well as designing cognition, mission, goals and pedagogical environment. The first enrolment course is scheduled for June 2019 and will accept students from Grade 1 to Grade 9 with 5-6 classes / Grade. Each class has 20-25 students.

During Finnish School Day’85 students from 7 to 9 years old got to experience demo classes, with cooperative teaching methods, as genuine Finnish students. Teachers from Finland, who had led the class for two days, introduced to guests and parents that the class organization, equipment and activities during the two mornings in the classroom are daily routines in Finnish schools. Parents, teachers, and guest-educators had the opportunity to directly interact with the Ambassador, the Vice Ambassador, the Director and the Head of representatives of WCF Vietnam and Finnish teachers to learn the experience and teaching methodology of the country with the most advanced education in the world.

Source: Ton Duc Thang University

Students are more active in the learning space of the Finnish Classroom
Prof. Le Vinh Danh, the President of Ton Duc Thang University delivering Opening Speech to guests and parents participating in “Finnish School Day”

Lunch is also different at Finnish School Day
Parent monitoring the class which was live broadcasted to Hall F
Students taking pictures and receiving souvenirs from Finnish teachers at the end of the “Finnish School Day” at TDTU with many interesting and useful experiences

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