Let’s create educational excellence together!

Global Education Park Finland is your key to education expertise

All the education development laboratory & education park services available for you

Global Education Park Finland (EduPark) is an network that gathers wide knowledge from the world-famous Finnish educational sector under one roof. A special cornerstone of the network is that public institutions and private entrepreneurs work seamlessly together to combine the best of their knowledge. This ensures the provision of unique educational services that are of the highest quality.
The network of Global Education Park Finland is located in the scenic area of Eastern Finland. The heart of our education network is the city of Joensuu, at the middle of North Karelia. This area in Eastern Finland is also known as one of nature’s treasures. North Karelia is the largest lake district in Europe.

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EduPark is offering tailored services for educational experts

  • You are warmly welcome to visit us
  • Feel free to combine your educational visit with genuine Finnish experiences 

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Key contact persons of EduPark

Primary contacts in all education excellence cases

Due to the fact that several hundred people are currently working on themes promoted by EduPark, we encourage you to contact us first in order to establish the right contacts for your needs. You can contact Auli & Ville in English and Spanish (Finnish, of course, too).

  Dr. Auli Leskinen
Development Manager
Joensuu Science Park Ltd.
email: auli.leskinen[at]
tel: +358 50 4308850
  Dr. Ville Nivalainen
Development Manager
City of Joensuu
email: ville.nivalainen[at]
tel: +358 50 4652281

The key contacts of educational institutes

Dr. Liisa Timonen
Head of International Affairs
Karelia University of Applied Sciences
Special interests:

  • strategic internationalisation of higher education and partnership development
  • international development project design and coordination
  • systemic competence development
  • research in diversity and inclusion management and entrepreneurial education
  • participatory teaching and learning in multicultural environment

email: liisa.timonen[at]
tel: +358 50 5913397

Anne Karppinen
National Taitaja Competition Director 2019
North Karelia Municipal Education and Training Consortium
email: anne.karppinen[at]
tel: +358 50 3598042
  Tommi Anttonen
Principal of Forestry education
North Karelia Municipal Education and Training Consortium
Special interests:

  • Basic training of skills of mechanised logging and logging machinery
  • Training of experienced logging professionals
  • Training of trainers and supervisors
  • Evaluation of skills / worker profiling

tel: +358 50 5471008

Prof. Jouni Pykäläinen
Head of the School of Forest Sciences
University of Eastern Finland
email: jouni.pykalainen[at]
tel: +358 50 3826094
Mari Argillander
Coordinator of Transnational Education
University of Eastern Finland / Finland University /
Special interests:

  • Virtual team collaboration and team building
  • Organisational development

email: mari.argillander[at]
tel: +358 40 3553850

Dr. Minna Mäkihonko
Senior Lecturer, special education
University of Eastern Finland / Finland University /
email: minna.makihonko[at]
tel: +358 50 3803096
Dr. Riitta Keinänen
Director of International Affairs
University of Eastern Finland
email: riitta.keinanen[at]
tel: +358 40 3552063