Global Visions

Global Visions Through Mobilizing Networks: Co-Developing Intercultural Music Teacher Education in Finland, Israel and Nepal

The “Global Visions Through Mobilizing Networks” research project, coordinated by the University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy in Finland, seeks to co-develop intercultural music teacher education by engaging three different institutions, and their respective music teacher educators and researchers, in processes of collaborative and research-based learning. The three institutions involved are the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the Levinsky College of Education in Tel Aviv and the Nepal Music Center in Kathmandu. The ultimate aim is to envision programmes of music teacher education which will equip students with the necessary skills and understandings to work within increasingly diverse environments. The project is funded by the Academy of Finland during the years 2015-2020. The funding was initially granted for 2015-2019 and later extended to December 2020.

null Global Visions seminar in Khatmandu

On November 2nd, during a recent visit to Kathmandu, Global Visions researchers had the opportunity to present findings from the ongoing project to representatives from the Ministry of Education, Tribhuvan University, and the Nepal Music Center. Santosh Sharma, Chairman and CEO at Music Nepal and Nepal Sangeet Vidhyalaya, gave a welcoming address, and Principal Investigators Sidsel Karlsen and Heidi Westerlund presented an overview of the research project and its findings. This was followed by Global Visions doctoral researchers Vilma Timonen and Danielle Treacy, who reported on their doctoral projects conducted in Nepal, and local researchers Kushal Karki, Iman Shah and Rizu Tuladhar, who presented the research projects they conducted as part of the Teacher’s Pedagogical Studies (60 ECTS qualification for teaching personnel in Finland), which they completed at the Sibelius Academy in December 2017. The presentations were followed by open discussion and dinner.