WCF to bring the international StarT program from Finland to Vietnam

Since the school year 2021-2022, the Representative Office of WCF in Vietnam has partnered with LUMA Centre Finland to implement the national competition under the StarT program to Vietnam.


StarT is a long-term programme owned and implemented by LUMA Centre Finland, a network of Finnish science and technology universities (13 universities in total). Since 2016, StarT has been an important part of the yearly action plan of LUMA Centre Finland. Through StarT, LUMA Centre Finland aims to promote a new, interdisciplinary and collaborative StarT way of working and thinking in schools and kindergartens.


StarT mainly exits in the form of an exciting and encouraging competition. StarT Competition invites schools, kindergartens, extracurricular activity groups, and families, as well as other interested institutions and groups, including the media, to join us in sharing the joy of collaborative learning! It has two categories:

  1. Interdisciplinary learning projects by children and youngsters (3-19 years old)

  2. Best educational practices by educators (teachers, instructors, parents…)

Everyone can participate annually by reporting their work in the form of short videos and concise learning diaries (Project Category) or short videos and comprehensive written descriptions (Best Practice Category).

Image: Outi Haatainen to introduce StarT program in the launching webinar of StarT in Vietnam in December 2021


The Vietnam national jury 2021-2022 consists of highly respected educators:

  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Huyen Dang, Former Director, Research Institute of Education management (RIEM), National Academy of Education Management (NAEM), Vietnam; Head of Academic Team, Enhancing Teacher Education Program, Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam

  • Ms. Iida-Maria Peltoomaa, Doctoral researcher in education, University of Tampere, Head of TIE Programme, Wise Consulting Finland Oy

  • Dr. Huyen Nguyen, Former Vice Principal, Vietnam-Finland International School.

In the year 2021-2022, the national jury designated by WCF selected one project work and two educational practices for the international round. They are all selected by the international jury as 20 best projects/practices around the world!


Image: Teacher team from Cau Giay Secondary School


Image: Teacher team from Tan Thoi Dai Education System


Imagine: Student team from Vinschool


The task of the jury was again very difficult and the evaluation has been done in multiple steps. The international Jury consisted of various national experts from the fields of science, mathematics, technology and education both from universities included in the LUMA Centre Finland network, industry and other collaboration partners (including Statistics Finland, The Chemical Industry Federation of Finland, Science Center Heureka). There are 10 nominees for the InternationalLUMA StarT Award 2022 and the ten nominees for the InternationalLUMA StarT Education Award 2022. From these nominees, the honorary StarT jury will choose the winners. Check out the list of nominees which includes 2 representatives from Vietnam!


StarT Vietnam https://start.edumate.vn/en/

StarT International https://start.luma.fi/en/

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