Projects and legislation
Some of the projects, working groups and programmes currently underway in the Ministry of Education and Culture are outlined in these pages. The Government Project Register also contains information about current ministerial projects.
Most of the preparation for the projects is carried out in Finnish, so the majority of the additional information is also in Finnish.
New comprehensive education
The key project aims to renew comprehensive education, learning environments and teachers' competence. Digitalisation is to be promoted, Schools on the Move Project expanded and language education increased and diversified.
Preparation of a national strategy for children
The goal is to generate and conduct broad-based discussion on child and family policy and to make the Finnish society more child and family-friendly. The preparation of the strategy is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Access to art and culture will be facilitated
This key project improves the accessibility of basic art education and children’s culture in the different parts of the country. In addition, the key project aims to improve the accessibility of art and culture, thereby promoting the beneficial effects art has on well-being.
Vision for higher education and research in 2030
In vision work different alternatives and models for improving the Finnish higher education system will be examined and their impacts and feasibility assessed.
Reform of vocational upper secondary education
This reform updates the entire vocational education and training (VET) by 2018. Each student will be offered the possibility to design an individually appropriate path to finishing an entire qualification or a supplementary skill set.
Cooperation between higher education institutions and business life
The goal is to use the resources of science and research in a more efficient and effective way and to promote the growth of Finnish education exports. There is also demand for Finnish education abroad. In order to meet this demand, the opportunities of educational export are promoted in all levels of education.
The report on Finland's language reserve proposes an array of measures that should be taken to develop Finnish people’s language skills so that they would meet the future needs.
Reform of general upper secondary education
Reform to increase the attraction of general upper secondary education. The reform includes both a reform of the Act on General Upper Secondary Education and a functional reform of general upper secondary studies.
Acceleration of transition to working life
The government hopes to achieve longer work careers and flexible study paths for higher education. Higher education institutions will reform their student selection processes in order to decrease the number of gap years after upper secondary education. In the future, higher education institutions will offer education around the year.
The purpose of Entrepreneurship Education Guidelines is to target, develop and direct measures for promoting entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education at different levels of education.