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.
The cornerstones to all that we do
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.
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.
HEAD OF PEDAGOGICAL CONTENT, CO-FOUNDER
A professor of education, with special reference to early childhood education, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki.
Brand and marketing strategist with deep experience in brand building and customer experience both in Finland and internationally.
HEAD OF DESIGN, CO-FOUNDER
Strategic thinker and creative. 15 years of experience in brand building, marketing
and creative direction.
HEI board members
CEO and chair of board of several major national and international companies including Sokos and ABN AMRO
CEO, Helsinki University Innovation Services
Partner, Borenius Attorneys LTD
CEO, Touhula Varhaiskasvatus