IsThere a European approach of Service-Learning in Higher Education?
Higher Education Framework in Finland
In Finnish higher educational tradition, the selection of students is based either on an entrance examination or the grades of a matriculation examination (or equivalent). Universities of applied sciences emphasize a practical orientation (e. g. integrating volunteering in the curriculum) and social interaction more than universities, but there is an increasing number of courses and initiatives that use problem-based approaches also in universities. Collaboration in university courses more often takes place with private and public sector partners than with civil society partners.
Service-Learning is still in its infancy in Finland, and civil society relations with higher education only rarely manifest as Service-Learning. The values of higher education institutions comprise values such as diversity and sustainability. For example, the University of Helsinki, the largest and oldest academic institution if Finland states in its strategy that it aims to solve global problems and partners with civic organizations among other stakeholders (for details: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/university/the-university-of-helsinki-in-brief/three-core-duties).
Henrietta Grönlund (Professor of Urban Theology, Docent of Church and Social Studies, Doctor of Theology)