WHO WE ARE

Helsinki International Schools (HEI) was co-founded by the University of Helsinki and experienced educational and design experts. Embracing the Nordic values of accessibility and openness, we want to make first-class early childhood education available globally. This is possible through a scalable, easy-to-implement franchising model, offering the curriculum, teacher training, learning environment design, carefully-selected learning materials and operational support. The model is based on the proven and tested Finnish educational approach and Nordic heritage of high quality every-day design.

Finnish education is based on a research-orientated approach and creative high level teacher performance. Having the University of Helsinki as a founder and shareholder differentiates HEI Schools from other early education providers by being able to constantly develop our research-based pedagogical model.

 
 Professor Lasse Lipponen giving a keynote in ECDA Early Childhood Conference in Singapore, September 2014: The Incredible Early Years - Supporting Young Children's Development.

Professor Lasse Lipponen giving a keynote in ECDA Early Childhood Conference in Singapore, September 2014: The Incredible Early Years - Supporting Young Children's Development.

 State Secretary of Education Pilvi Torsti lecturing on Finnish Education as an invited guest keynote speaker, Mayor's Education Conference, London, November 2014.

State Secretary of Education Pilvi Torsti lecturing on Finnish Education as an invited guest keynote speaker, Mayor's Education Conference, London, November 2014.


HEI WAY

The cornerstones to all that we do

  CURIOSITY AND CREATIVITY   The will to wonder, take intellectual risks and exchange ideas

CURIOSITY AND CREATIVITY

The will to wonder, take intellectual risks and exchange ideas

  HOLISTIC WELL-BEING   Recognizing every child's full potential

HOLISTIC WELL-BEING

Recognizing every child's full potential

  CHILDREN'S ACTIVE PARTICIPATION AND AGENCY   A sense of competence, ownership and commitment

CHILDREN'S ACTIVE PARTICIPATION AND AGENCY

A sense of competence, ownership and commitment

  LEARNING TOGETHER   Equality and mutual respect between all people

LEARNING TOGETHER

Equality and mutual respect between all people

  ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS   Sustainable way of living

ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS

Sustainable way of living

  LEARNING TAKES PLACE EVERYWHERE AND ALL THE TIME   Learning is not limited to teacher guided activities

LEARNING TAKES PLACE EVERYWHERE AND ALL THE TIME

Learning is not limited to teacher guided activities

 

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THE University of Helsinki as FOUNDER and shareholder.

HEI Schools model for international preschools and primary schools is developed in cooperation with the University of Helsinki and based on principles of Finnish early education and primary education.

The University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest university in Finland. It has repeatedly been ranked among world's top universities. The Department of Teacher Education of the University of Helsinki is the most versatile unit providing teacher education in Finland.


HEI TEAM

PILVI TORSTI

MEMBER OF THE FINNISH PARLIAMENT, FOUNDER

One of the three founders of United World College in Mostar 2006 which has to date offered international education for over 600 students. Adjunct professor, State Secretary for Education 2013-15. Member of Finnish parliament since 2017.

LASSE LIPPONEN

HEAD OF PEDAGOGICAL CONTENT, CO-FOUNDER

A professor of education, with special reference to early childhood education, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki.

 

MILLA KOKKO

CEO,  CO-FOUNDER

Brand and marketing strategist with deep experience in brand building and customer experience both in Finland and internationally.

ANNE RUSANEN

HEAD OF DESIGN,  CO-FOUNDER

Strategic thinker and creative. 15 years of experience in brand building, marketing
and creative direction.


HEI board members

PANU PAAPPANEN

CEO and chair of board of several major national and international companies including Sokos and ABN AMRO

JARI STRANDMAN

CEO, Helsinki University Innovation Services

SAMULI SIMOJOKI

Partner, Borenius Attorneys LTD

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VIRPI HOLMQVIST

CEO, Touhula Varhaiskasvatus