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Learning environment development in the area of Joensuu

  • We are proud to present our wide variety of institutions and learning premises for different educational purposes.
  • Our network has several deserving experts in the area that are specialised in learning environment design.
  • We are pleased to share our experiences and research based know-how.
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Here following are some select examples of interesting learning environments to visit

The educational premises will appear in the following order when scrolling down:

  • Early education
  • Basic education
  • Upper secondary education
  • Karelia university of applied sciences
  • University of Eastern Finland


1. Learning environment development

An introductory course based on the principal of progressing from theory to practice


  • This one week course is designed for educational personnel interested in the development of learning environments.
  • The course includes theory, site visits, workshops and a look at the continuously developing process.
  • Well-functioning learning environments promote interaction, participation and community-based building of students’ knowledge.
  • The objective of developing learning environments is that learning environments form a pedagogically versatile and flexible entity.
  • In today’s design work, it is highly significant to take the specific needs of the different subjects and learners into account.
  • In addition to the school facilities, the teaching utilises the environment outside the school premises.
  • Many collaborators such as libraries, sports, art and nature centers and museums offer diverse learning environments.
  • You are warmly welcome to visit our learning environments.


2. Early education: Daycare centers

Niinivaara daycare center, public

The speciality of this modern daycare center is to provide daycare service all day round

  • This day care center is specially designed for children whose parents work in shifts and the children need to stay in the center also during night times
  • Welcome to observe how to provide cozy and safe facilities for several groups of children working in the same day care premises.
  • The peaceful location of the day care center is in the heart of Niinivaara region, 20 minutes walk for the city centre.
  • Read more about early education

The English Kindergarten in Joensuu, private

The speciality of this daycare center is to be the only English-language kindergarten in the area

  • The kindergarten’s premises are in an idyllic old mansion of Linnunniemi, situated by the lake Pyhäselkä.
  • The scenic surrounding provides an ideal operational environment for the children.
  • Location is approximately 15 minutes’ walk from the city centre.
  • Welcome to observe how children are inspired to learn the English language and different cultures in natural every day situations.
  • Read more about early education

3. Basic education schools

Karhunmäki Comprehensive School

An inspiring new learning environment that meets the goals of the curriculum as effectively as possible


  • The school space consists of three “dens”. Each of the dens have four homerooms. The homerooms can be joined by movable partitions, both with each other and a common area in the middle of the homerooms.
  • The dens use movable partition walls as used between a stage and a gymnasium. This makes it possible to open the classrooms into the central common area and expand the learning environments as needed.
  • The modern technology is ensured by the AV equipment in each classroom, tablets for use by pupils and laptop computers.
  • The schoolyard is literally filled with different climbing equipment and mini-arenas, which motivate the children to stay active during recess.
  • One extraordinary fact is that the building has been built to consume as little energy as possible.
  • Read more about basic education

Heinävaara Comprehensive School

A fully wood-framed school building with an open plan design

  • The architecturally interesting primary school building.
  •  A new module building taken for use in 2018.
  • The school center will serve the pupils of the whole range of basic education but also the inhabitants of the area.
  • Welcome to see how a school center functions as a heart of a countryside area offering activities for the whole village communion.
  • Read more about basic education

Rekivaara Comprehensive School

A modern school located in the middle of a rural milieu

  • The school is located in scenic surroundings in the countryside.
  • The school is also equipped with state-of-the-art technology.
  • Welcome to explore how a traditional rural landscape school meets the challenges and goals of today’s curriculum.
  • Read more about basic education

Kanervala Comprehensive School

The only English-speaking primary school in the region of Joensuu

  • The school combines traditional educational and instruction approaches with digital approaches.
  • The aim is to bring the learning closer to the everyday lives of the pupils, thus enhancing the resources they will need in the future.
  • Welcome to observe how to improve the pupil’s foreign language skills while fulfilling the other goals of the national curriculum.
  • Read more about basic education


Lyseo Comprehensive School

Designed to be inspiring learning environment in the middle of the city centre

  • A popular school of the Joensuu city center.
  • An architecturally inspiring school building.
  • The school has created a multifaceted learning environment, in which the furniture solutions will help to promote a variety of learning approaches.
  • This offers space also relaxation exercises.
  • Read more about basic education

The Finnish-Russian School of Eastern Finland

The only Finnish-Russian School of Eastern Finland is the only international language school outside of the capital area

  • Offers bilingual education from pre-school education until the end of upper secondary school education.
  • The school has created one-to-one mobile learning environments over a period of several years.
  • Pupils are given their personal tablets for study purposes.
  • Read more from the webpage of the Finnish-Russian school

Normaalikoulu Upper Secondary School

The teaching training school with excellent learning facilities

  • “Norssi” is a university school that also performs as a teacher training school.
  • A cosy but modern, hi-tech learning environment.
  • Read more from the webpage of Norssi.

4. General upper secondary education

Joensuu Communal Upper Secondary School

  • A fascinating school of today in an interesting architectural fusion building.
  • The school building is combined with old charm and highly modern facilities.
  • The design features some outstanding specialities such as disco ball, coloured lights and state-of-the-art audio-visual technology in fully-equipped art studio.
  • Read more about the upper secondary education

Joensuu Lyseo Upper Secondary School

  • Finland’s second-oldest Finnish-speaking secondary school has long traditions as a school of the city center.
  • The learning environments offer well designed high standard all in physical, digital and pedagogical learning aspects.
  • In order to meet the requirements of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, the physical environment boasts a well-equipped chemistry laboratory, fully-equipped science classrooms and a school library with more resources than normal.
  • Read more about the upper secondary education


5. Riveria – vocational education & training

The selected learning environments from the institutions of Riveria are introduced below:

  • Mining and land construction institution
  • Vocational Forestry College Valtimo
  • Game development & 3D production education

Mining and land construction institution

The unique learning environment nationwide

  • This professional mining institution is a significant part of Finnish mining history.
  • The mining education institution was established in 1953 in Outokumpu where it also runs today – continuously developed and modernised.
  • There are no other mining education institutions in Finland with such long traditions, strong expertise and training equipment with the latest technology.
  • The institution has active co-operation with the business sector and the equipment manufacturers.
  • For the mining and land construction industry, the institution arranges training and expert services. The training programmes are tailored individually according to the customer’s needs.
  • The operating environment is not geographically limited, but the equipment used for teaching can be transferred when needed.
  • Read more about the institution of Riveria

Vocational Forestry College Valtimo

Highly respected educator and trainer in the forest machinery sector

  • During the past 25 years Valtimo College has been in the unique position to deliver education and training courses to all other continents except the Antarctic.
  • A unique and useful visit destination.
  • Visitors have valued especially high the gained experience of the equipment observation, technology spaces and simulator rooms.
  • Welcome to explore the best expertise in the forest education and machinery.
  • Read more about the institution of Riveria

“Every time you visit Valtimo, you learn something new”

Game development & 3D production education

A unique game training programme nationwide

  • There are no other similar game education study programmes in the level of upper secondary education in Finland.
  • The special emphasis of the study programme is on the 3D production & high-quality results of 3D graphic design.
  • Students in the Programme are known to be particularly skilled in the visual production of games.
  • The college is located in Outokumpu, North Karelia, between the cities of Joensuu and Kuopio.
  • Welcome to visit and learn about the high-quality gaming training, which is  specialised in the graphic design of the product visuality.
  • Read more about the institution of Riveria

6. Karelia University of Applied Sciences

The selected learning environments:

Sirkkala Energy Park

  • The Sirkkala Energy Park is a bioeconomy development and learning environment.
  • It demonstrates the possibilities for building properties to generate renewable heating and electricity self-sufficiently as part of a larger heating and power grid.
  • The Energy Park also serves as a testing and development facility for new renewable energy technologies and applications.
  • The Energy Park’s facilities allow for the functional testing of new heat production equipment and small-scale development work.
  • Read more about the Karelia UAS


Fascinating simulation exercise service environment

  • A modern dynamic learning and service environment.
  • Its purpose is to provide a safe, confidential and community-oriented environment for exercises in a variety of learning situations.
  • Simula’s facilities turn into a clinic, home, ward or scene of an accident according to the educational needs of the moment.
  • Simulation pedagogy is used in the simulation exercises.
  • Exercises are performed in conditions simulating the real world circumstances.
  • A great way to learn both technical skills and non-technical skills, such as multi-professional team work, interpersonal skills, leadership, decision-making, situational awareness and management of a situation.
  • Read more about the Karelia UAS


An excellent training environment for physiotherapy students

  • Through the training environment physiotherapy services are offered for senior citizens.
  • Fysiotikka’s services include personalised functional capacity evaluations, counselling and group activities.
  • In Fysiotikka, students are able to take part in physiotherapy in real client situations.
  • The students’ performance is guided and monitored by a licensed physiotherapist.
  • Read more about the Karelia UAS

7. University of Eastern Finland

The selected learning environments:


LUMA UEF helps schools in teaching science and mathematics by offering facilities, education, equipment and material for learning purposes for local schools, teachers, teacher trainees, students and pupils.

  • The LUMA team organizes activities and events that inspire the learning of science and mathematics.
  • These events include science fairs, open lectures, education for teachers and students, school visits, and many more.
  • LUMA Center of the University of Eastern Finland belongs to nationwide LUMA Center Finland network consisting of 13 centers located in different areas in Finland.
  • The shared vision of this network is to guarantee high level of know-how in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and ensure a sufficient number of professionals for the related fields.
  • An integral aspect of this is to increase motivation and interest in these subjects.
  • The use of the laboratory, and many material is free of charge for schools.
  • Read more about the LUMA UEF


An inspiring virtual laboratory

  • Sm4rtlab is a revolutionary augmented reality environment, which combines science and teaching in photonics.
  • In this photonics laboratory, a scientist can control their photonics research using remote controlled lasers, lenses, microscopes and other components, which are operated from their own desk either with a computer or a Microsoft HoloLens.
  • The environment can be used for educational purposes as well.
  • It is possible to visit the premises but also get a virtual tour offered anywhere.
  • Read about the Sm4rtlab

The training pharmacy

Students develop their future professionalism in a simulated environment

  • The School of Pharmacy has excellent facilities that simulate a pharmacy environment.
  • At the premises, students are trained in how to prescribe medicines, in self-medication delivery and in customer counseling.
  • Students are able to practice using a professional pharmacy information portal and systems.
  • Drug delivery is practiced through simulated customer cases.
  • The training pharmacy’s premises are equipped with modern video equipment, which means the training sessions can be recorded and skills developed for future pharmacy practice.
  • Read more about the School of Pharmacy

Carelia 24/7 learning environment

Multiple studying facilities and a cozy atmosphere at the Joensuu Campus Library

  • The environment includes the facilities and equipment of the library, information technology services, and students’ e-support services.
  • Outside the opening hours, the premises can be used independently in the late evenings, early mornings, or even during the night.
  • Carelia 24/7 provides its users with computers, course materials, and a variety of convenient studying environments.
  • Read more about Carelia 24/7 learning space from the page of UEF