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International Career Skills

What are the skills needed for the workforce of the future? The Economic Information Office, TAT, is developing international business online courses for high school students that are based on the latest pedagogies and that contain content created by business specialists.

What are the goals you are looking to achieve with the experiment?

The goal is to help students learn and gain transferable skills within global business culture and commercial know-how in order to be able to act in an international and networked operational environment. One of the objectives is also to incorporate courses of international business into high schools so that they are available to all young people.

What kind of content do the courses consist of?

There are eight online courses of international business:

  1. Sales, Marketing and Commercialization

  2. Communications and Negotiation Skills

  3. Global Market Economy

  4. Economy and Finances in Business

  5. Slush Youth

The courses will be pedagogically constructed so that they are implemented through engaging learning and project based learning. The courses can be completed as independent online courses or through teacher-led instruction. The independent online courses give every student an equal opportunity to be able to attend to the high school courses regardless of their own high school’s resources.

Is this a new experiment or is this based on an existing one?

The idea originates from the International Business Program implemented by the Lauttasaari Comprehensive and Upper Secondary School. However the experiment itself is new. During the school year of 2016–2017 the content of the courses will be constructed and piloted in several high schools around Finland.

How will the experiment be scheduled and how will it be put into practice?

At the moment we are in the middle of producing content and during the school year of 2016–2017 we will begin pilot programs of the courses within the national high school network. The content of the courses will be improved according to received feedback and during the school year 2017–2018 the courses will be available for all high school students in Finland.


UPM, Lidl, Microsoft, Nordea, The Federation of Finnish Enterprises and Svenska Folkskolans Vänner SFV.

Contact Information

Organization: The Economic Information Office - TAT

School(s): Lauttasaari Comprehensive and Upper Secondary School, Kallavesi Senior High School, Tampere Teacher Training School, Kaustinen College of Music, Karstula Upper Secondary School, Porin Lyseo Upper Secondary, Lauttakylä Upper Secondary School, The Finnish-Russian School of Eastern Finland Upper Secondary, Lapland Vocational College & Adult Education Center, Muurame Senior High School, Valkeala Upper Secondary School and Gymnasiet Lärkan Upper Secondary School.

Contact person: Mikko Hakala

Contact email: mikko.hakala@tat.fi

Partnership(s): University of Helsinki, Slush, Confederation of Finnish Industries EK, Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA, National Board of Education, The Finnish Business School Graduates and the Bank of Finland.


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