Global Chal­lenges Course for the Youth

The University of Helsinki ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide, welcomes all students aged 15–19 to take part in developing innovations or novel approaches to address global challenges. 

According to its strategy, the University of Helsinki wants to have global impact. It is one of the reasons for the university to organize an international, multidisciplinary Global Challenges Course for Youth from around the world. The course provides the participants with joy of insight and learning as well as many new friends. 

International course for the youth will be organized virtually on August 3-4, 2021. This year, the course is based on working with global challenges on the theme of climate change. The course will be free of charge. See below for more information about the online course this year.

During the course, the students carry out small learning projects together in teams with the university students and researchers. Most of the collaborative learning takes place in an online environment.  

The program of the course is diverse and is built on the basis of the participants’ interests.

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The themes of the Global Challenges course in 2021 is climate change (including, e.g. urbanization, rising sea level, drought, loss of biodiversity, refugees).

The language of the course is English.  

The course will implement blended learning so that the participants work online both independently as well as with each other and with the university staff.

The scope of the course corresponds to one credit (1 ECTS) or one Finnish high school course (which is, of course, slightly more than 1 ECTS). After the course, the participants will receive a diploma. 

The course itself will be free of charge.

More information about the program and schedule will be provided on the conference site.

Please send all general enquiries about the program to our service address tiedekasvatus@helsinki.fi

Our Team:

Director: Professor Maija Aksela, Director of national LUMA Centre Finland, University of Helsinki

Vice Director: PhD Mikko Äijälä , Postdoctoral researcher, INAR - Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research / Physics, University of Helsinki

Project Manager:  PhD Jaana Herranen, Postdoctoral researcher, LUMA Science Helsinki, LUMA Centre Finland, University of Helsinki, jaana.herranen@helsinki.fi

Docent Taina Ruuskanen, Director of the bachelor’s programme in physical sciencies, INAR - Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research / Physics, University of Helsinki

PhD Laura Riuttanen, INAR - Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research / Physics, University of Helsinki

MSc William Smolander, Science education developer, LUMA Science Helsinki, University of Helsinki

BSc Pinja Tolvanen, research assistant, LUMA Science Helsinki, University of Helsinki

Reija Pesonen, Science education instructor, LUMA Science Helsinki, University of Helsinki

BSc Veera Uusi-Äijö, Research assistant, LUMA Science Helsinki, University of Helsinki

BSc Janina Taurinen, Research assistant, INAR - Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research, University of Helsinki