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GSEF Talk - ‘Secrets behind Finland's PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment ) Success’

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The talk is FREE, although places are limited. To reserve your seat, please e-mail

The invitations below are extended to all, including those who are not members of Cambridge University.


TALK (Free, no dress code):

The Global Student Education Forum (GSEF), in collaboration with the Cambridge University Scandinavian Society (ScanSoc), is hosting a free talk to be given by His Excellency Mr. Pekka Huhtaniemi, the Ambassador of Finland to the United Kingdom.

The talk, titled ‘Secrets behind Finland’s PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) Success’ will be held on Monday, 27th February 2012 in the Bennett Room, Memorial Court, Library Building, Clare College, University of Cambridge from 18:15 to 19:15.


POST -TALK DINNER (£36, black-tie):

While the talk is free, those who wish to join the Ambassador at the post-talk dinner may do so by sending a cheque of £36, made payable to ‘Global Student Education Forum’, to

Natthapoj Vincent T. Founder and Chairman Global Student Education Forum 119 Parkway Regent’s Park London NW1 7PS

Along with the cheque, please give your name and those of any guests you would like to bring, contact details, as well as specifying your choice for each course from our menu (see Page 3 of

The deadline for your reservation and payment is Friday, 17th February 2012. For more information, please direct your enquiries to

The post-talk dinner will be held from 19:30 to 20:45 at the Small Hall, Old Court, Clare College, University of Cambridge

Places are extremely limited, and thus are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Dress code is black tie.



His Excellency Mr. Pekka Huhtaniemi has served as the Ambassador of Finland to the United Kingdom since June 2010. His Excellency started his career at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1972. His previous positions included Finland’s Under-Secretary of State (External Economic Relations) (2006-2010); Ambassador to Norway (2003-2005), Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Finland, Geneva (1998-2003), Director General at the Department for External Economic Relations (1994), Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on economic and international affairs (1993-1994), Deputy Director General for multilateral trade and economic issues at the Department for External Economic Relations (1991-1993), Minister Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative to the GATT , Permanent Mission of Finland, Geneva (1986-1991), and various roles involving economic and social affairs at the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations (1983-1986).

Huhtaniemi served as the Head of Cabinet for the first Finnish member of the European Commission, Mr. Erkki Liikanen, in Brussels between 1995 and 1998.

He holds a Master of Political Science, University of Helsinki, 1971.



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