Elise Tarvainen

Director, Global Operations of EduCluster Finland Ltd.


Elise Tarvainen is the Director of Global Operations of EduCluster Finland Ltd. Her main responsibility is managing the global operations of the company and the work of EduCluster Finland experts in different partnership programmes.

Ms. Tarvainen has extensive experience of working as an expert in education and human resource development as well as in leading regional learning and innovation processes. She has a degree in education (M.A.), with a qualification as a class teacher and a subject teacher in Finnish education and her Ph.D. studies are in the field of educational leadership and administration specializing in school safety and student wellbeing issues.

She has worked 14 years as a K-12 teacher and been actively involved in school- based development processes related to the implementation of Finnish National Core Curriculum in local contexts with tens of school providers all over Finland. Her focus has been on developing learner-centered school communities and school operational culture with student-centered teaching and learning methods.

She has considerable international experience with projects all around the world. Most recently she has been in charge of creating the foundations for the Abu Dhabi – Finland Education Partnership Programme. The partnership with Abu Dhabi Education Council and EduCluster Finland Ltd. has offered a unique possibility to create an innovative, world-class school model by fusing the best classroom practices from the Emirati and Finnish school systems.

EduCluster Finland Ltd (ECF) is a new generation expert organization specializing in education and development. EduCluster Finland Ltd.It is part of the University of Jyväskylä group and owned by University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences and Jyväskylä Educational Consortium. ECF collaborates with organizations to enable competence and capacity-building, as well as with bodies responsible for the development of education systems.