P4 JYU – University of Jyväskylä, Department of Sport Sciences – Finland
Project coordinators: Ms Arja Saakslahti, Ms Kirsti Lauritsalo
University of Jyväskylä counts approximatively 15,000 students and approximatively 2,600 employees.
It’s the only university in Finland, which is provided with a faculty of Sport and Health Sciences where the department of Sport Science is the only place where physical education teachers are educated. The Jyväskylä University is a nationally and internationally noteworthy research university with a specific expertise on education focusing on human and natural sciences.
The University of Jyväskylä offers high-quality, research-based Master’s degree programs in English tuition, it is an internationally renowned multidisciplinary research university and one of the world’s leading universities in the fields of learning and teaching.
The University combines, into a multidisciplinary entity, high-level competences in different sectors:
• environmental heritage and development,
• basic natural phenomena and mathematical thinking,
• languages, culture and communities in global change processes,
• physical activity, health and wellbeing,
• information technology,
• humanities, cultural and social change processes.
The research topics cover the whole lifespan from babies to elderly people with the main scope of enhancing physically active lifestyle and healthy behaviours. The Department of physical education has been active in preschool aged and school aged children’s research. Numerous Ph.D. theses have been already published dealing with early and school aged children education.
Background and experience:
The University of Jyväskylä has expertise in Health sciences and teachers’ education in health. It’s important to highlight that Health science is an obligatory subject in Finnish schools – this happens only in Finland and Ireland in the EU. University of Jyväskylä also has long traditions in classroom teacher education and it is famous for a significant research on the field (Faculty of Education). The cooperation within and among different faculties is really intensive.
The University of Jyväskylä conducts important world-class research with its core fields and trains competent, motivated experts who possess lifelong learning skills in various fields. The University interacts with society in an active and responsible manner in regional, national and international contexts.
Its competitiveness is based on the recruitment of top students, the synergy of research and teaching, the pedagogical competence of its staff and the high-quality degrees that enhance students’ employability. The University’s Student Life concept supports students’ progress in their studies as well as their wellbeing. The University’s international campus motivates students in their studies and prepares them to operate in a multicultural environment. Student and staff mobility is active and systematic.
Technologically supported pedagogic solutions enable lifelong learning and studies independently from time and place. Global responsibility and sustainable development are emphasised in all activities.