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 licencing 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

Founder, Member of Finnish Parliament

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LASSE LIPPONEN

Head of Pedagogical Content, Co-Founder

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MILLA KOKKO

CEO, Co-Founder

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ANNE RUSANEN

Head of Design, Co-Founder

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REETTA KAASALAINEN

Senior Pedagogical Manager

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SYLVIA HAKARI

Pedagogical Director

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JENNA VENÄLÄINEN

Pedagogical Content Manager

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VEERA SIVONEN

Pedagogical Content Manager

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TUULI SCHALIN

Pedagogical Content Manager

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IIRIS HALME

Graphic Designer

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PAMELA LEWIS

Marketing Communications Manager

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EMMA NISKANEN

Project Director

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INKERI MENTZONI

Director, Business Development

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TIINA DAIFI

Head of Sales and Partnerships

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ELINA SALLINEN

Office Manager