University of Turku

YVI Project
Rationale and general information

Entrepreneurship education is recognised as an essential theme in education in Finland. Official documents steering education, such as the national curriculum for basic education, include entrepreneurship education as a cross-curricular theme that should be implemented into the activities and teaching in all basic education schools in Finland. In vocational education, entrepreneurship skills are regarded highly essential, and their learning is included in curricula for example as separate courses or integrated in different study modules. However, the studies and surveys done prior to the YVI Project showed that even though the importance of entrepreneurial skills is widely acknowledged, the actual implementation of entrepreneurship education is lacking in many cases. Based on a regional project, to create a virtual learning environment for entrepreneurship education, a national project was launched in 2010 and called YVI.

Starting Date: Fri, 01 Jan 2010
Ending Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2014
Budget and financing sources
  • European Social Fund (ESF) (financing authority: the Finnish National Board of Education)
  • Development Centre Opinkirjo
  • Turku Region Development Centre
  • the Ministry of Employment
  • the Economy, the Foundation for Economic Education
Human resources
  • The project is Coordinated by the University of Turku, Turku Teacher Training School
  • Over 30 partner organisations around Finland: vocational teacher education schools, academic teacher education units and faculties of education, teacher training schools, research units, vocational colleges, universities of applied sciences, organisations of education, organisations of entrepreneurship and worklife
  • Altogether well more than 100 persons have been involved in (worked for) the project work during four years, approximately 170 teachers have tested YVI environment (
  • A national project for developing entrepreneurship education in academic and vocational teacher education in Finland, 2010-2014
  • Four sub-goals of development:
  1. Pedagogics
  2. Networks
  3. YVI Virtual Learning Environment (
  4. Strategies and curricula
  • Activities include multidisciplinary research
  • A Best Practice project of the European Commission and Nordic Council of Ministers in 2011; President of Finland Sauli Niinistö's acknowledgement in 2013

Read the full case study here...

  • Teacher training schools and teacher education departments of the University of Turku (in Turku and Rauma)
  • University of Jyväskylä Teacher Training School
  • Viikki Teacher Training School of the University of Helsinki
  • Oulu University Teacher Training School and teacher education department in Kajaani
  • Teacher Training School and Faculty of Education of the University of Lapland
  • Turku University of Applied Sciences
  • Centre for Training and Development of Lappeenranta University of Technology
  • Ruralia Institute of the University of Helsinki
  • HAAGA-HELIA School of Vocational Teacher Education
  • Oulu Region Join Authority for Education: School of Vocational Teacher Education at Oulu University of Applied Sciences and Oulu Vocational College / FINPEC

And much more, see the list here...

Success factors
  • Project partners could network, have support and learn from each other
  • Implementation according to the common project goals, as well as according to the needs of individual participant organisations
  • A large number of participant organisations - large scale impact
  • Development of entrepreneurship education curricula in academic and vocational teacher education in Finland
  • Creation of regional, national and international networks, two national contests for networks of entrepreneurship education
  • Pedagogical models and tools, for example YVI measurement tool for self-development of teacher educators
  • Development of YVI Virtual Learning Environment (, appr. 3000 visits per month
  • Two national seminars, other events, visits to schools, publications, a magazine with a circulation of 79.000
  • Multidisciplinary research: doctoral dissertations, over 50 research articles, published in Finland and internationally
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