Finland's world-class teacher training is available to Malaysian educators

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - June 22, 2021 - PRLog -- HEI Schools, a Finnish early education company, and SEGi University and Colleges in Malaysia have signed an agreement to cooperate in developing SEGi's Early Childhood Education Teacher Diploma program in Malaysia. With this new partnership, the SEGi University and Colleges will incorporate the content of the HEI Schools Teacher Certificate program in its 2.5 year ECE Teacher Diploma program across three college campuses (Kuala Lumpur, Subang Jaya and Penang) beginning in June 2021. The students enrolled in SEGi's Teacher Diploma program will receive the HEI Schools Teacher Certificate when graduating from the program.

Professor Lipponen, a co-founder of HEI Schools and professor at the University of Helsinki, commented, "I have had the privilege to lecture and connect with many early education professionals and academics in Southeast Asia, and I have seen first-hand the growing interest in Finnish early education in Malaysia. The cooperation between HEI Schools and SEGi University in raising a new generation of teachers in Malaysia is a great opportunity for growth on both sides, and I look forward to seeing where this partnership will lead."

This is the first partnership SEGi has entered into with a Finnish education concept, and SEGi has been recognized as a premier leader in early childhood teacher training, championing professionalism in the early childhood industry since 1999. In 2011, the Malaysian government appointed to champion the improvement of the nation's preschool teachers under the Economic Transformation Plan (ETP).

"We see this collaboration as part of our ongoing efforts to strive for educational excellence," says Ms. Stella Lau, CEO, SEGi Group of Colleges. "The HEI Schools Teacher Certificate program offers us a perfect platform for incorporating the successful Finnish ECE approach into our Early Childhood diploma. With the HEI program embedded nicely within our diploma, we are confident that our students will be immersed in a stimulating and powerful learning experience that impresses upon them the lifelong impact that they will have on young children. They will graduate with the confidence and skill sets that discerning employers seek, both within and beyond Malaysia. Early childhood practitioners in our country need more than just the mandatory Diploma in Early Childhood to make a difference, which is why SEGi has chosen to partner HEI Schools."

Milla Kokko, Co-Founder and CEO of HEI Schools, also commented: "At HEI Schools, our mission is to bring high-quality education to as many children and families in the world as possible. With this partnership, we will get much closer to achieving that goal and we cannot wait to get started."

Students will start enrolling in the online program in June 2021, and the two companies look forward to a fruitful collaboration for years to come.

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