MIF Academy, part of Soprano Group, provides online courses and educational solutions from Finland to all over the world. CEO and Founder Mr. Arto Tenhunen shares his thoughts with us on how online education is the path to the future and shares his views on Gamification in our exclusive interview.
What makes online education so attractive to students looking to study further?
With MIF Academy, you can study anywhere, anytime and at your own pace. You can follow and measure your learning progress and communicate with your colleagues and pedagogically qualified teachers whenever you’d like.
Recent studies conducted by SITRA – the Finnish Innovation Fund and by us, clearly show that the main hurdle between working professionals and further education is the lack of time. They are working under hard pressure to perform. Learning needs to be conveniently accessible whenever and wherever the learner has time available. Online learning offers a very low threshold to engage in learning valuable new knowledge and skills. It can happen at brief moments at a time, but also in long, immersive sessions. This freedom of choice provided by online learning systems is very empowering.
How effectively has Artificial Intelligence enhanced the educational experience provided by MIF Academy?
MIF Academy’s AI online education guides you to the learning path that suits you. So, if you do not learn by reading, you are offered films, and if you don’t like films, you are offered discussions with your colleagues. Our combination of world-famous Finnish pedagogical content and extended AI online technology has proven that with better motivation, there are fewer drop-outs and far better learning results.
The power of AI lies in its ability to enable increasingly personal learning paths. Each participant is able to move forward at a rate optimized for his schedule. Content can at each step be optimized based on the level of performance in the previous steps. These features enable a highly motivating learning experience. Drop-out rates are smaller and a larger portion of participants finishes a course. Learners are benefitting a lot and employee training becomes an investment with much better returns for their employers.
How does MIF Academy attract and retain the best teachers & leaders?
MIF Academy’s strong reputation and the decades-long history of our six business schools means that we are well-known and a sought-after employer. At our core, we are an integrator and developer of modern educational services. It means that we are actively scanning the education sector in Finland, the Nordics and beyond.
MIF Academy as a part of Finnish Nasdaq listed Soprano Education Group is in constant dialogue with government officials, academic experts and professional educators. We are partially financed by the government and our operations have been certified to conform to an ISO 9001 quality standard.
We can put together the best talent, latest innovations and most effective pedagogical methods to provide the optimal solution for a client company, educational institution or government anywhere in the world. All of this makes our projects very attractive to top educators and ambitious project leaders.
What are some of the methods used to raise interest and engagement in students?
Our online solutions are based on world-famous Finnish pedagogy and utilize Artificial Intelligence, but we employ a lot of Real Intelligence too. Often, automated digital solutions provide exactly what is needed for people to learn effectively. In some cases, our experienced educators are actively present online to engage participants and help them move forward together – supporting each other as a group.
Community building, face to face and online, is very important. Gamification is also a useful way to structure learning. When modern digital tools are used to gamify learning, participants are incentivized to move forward swiftly. They are presented with new learnings in manageable portions and are able to finish each portion quite effortlessly. In reality, we all love learning. Not only is learning useful for the future, but when done right, effective learning can be fun and addictive right here and now.
What makes MIF Academy a top choice for Healthcare Education?
MIF Academy offers a unique combination of the world’s best Finnish educational knowledge and experienced pedagogical healthcare programs online. As a result, MIF Academy delivers highly qualified and motivated healthcare personnel on a faster schedule.
The Finnish healthcare system is among the best in the world, just like our education system. MIF Academy is an experienced integrator and developer of educational services. We have the pleasure of working with the very best Finnish healthcare educators in our projects when we structure and ramp up educational programs all over the world. With top experts, we look forward to delivering pedagogically proven healthcare education programs in a growing number of countries in the coming years.
How will Soprano bring Finnish Healthcare Programs into the MENA region?
Soprano Education Group enjoys entering each new market by collaborating with a top-tier local educational institution or private company. When we find the right partner from the MENA region, we are ready to start Finnish Healthcare Education and Training right away.
It’s important to us that the delivery of education to students is of the highest quality. In healthcare, there are many standards that cannot be compromised. While the Finnish healthcare education system is the model, it is always important to ensure a natural fit for the local culture and norms. We know how to combine the two and are constantly looking for local partners who share our passion for providing the best education possible.
Mr. Arto Tenhunen has been working for more than 35 years as an entrepreneur, business leader and board member in the field of communication, information technology and management training. Mr. Tenhunen founded a marketing communication and consulting group in 1981 and an international trade training and consulting company in 1984, which at the moment operates under the name of Soprano. Soprano has grown to become the leading Nordic private education organization. It provides diplomas, certificates and vocational qualifications and university degrees. Soprano has 1500 programs specializing in management, communication, international trade, ICT and cybersecurity. In collaboration with universities, it offers f.ex. teacher's training programs and master's degrees in health care and engineering. Soprano's global brand is MIF Academy. Mr. Tenhunen worked as a Marketing Director for F-Secure Corporation from 1997 to 2000. Since then he has been involved with acquisitions like Brain Alliance, Asapsoft, Pipfrog, Aspectum, Tieturi, Informator Utbildning, JTO, Infor, Fintra and Management Institute of Finland MIF.
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