Elina Harju

Only interest and knowledge react to each other
– Herbart (1776-1841)

Key Competences and passion: Pedagogical development, work community development, passionate defender of curiosity, joy of learning and open, real life learning environments.

Work experience:

Learning Scoop
Partner, Director of partnerships

Opinpaja ltd
Partner, Project Director

Learning Bridge – Education Export Network in the Tampere Region
Project Director, European Social Fund

Tampere City Library
Unit leader,  Internet bus Netti-Nysse

Occupations at Tampere Technology Center, University of Jyväskylä, National Centre for Professional Development in Education, Further Education Centre for Vocational Institutes and Administration, National Board of Education and University of Tampere

Co-operation and learning community are the building blocks of learning and education. Elina is experienced and inspiring trainer.

International experience:
Fulbright Grant at University of Illinois, USA

Winifred J. Harley U.M. School of Nursing, Ganta, Liberia, West-Africa

Various international teacher training programs, international seminars and EU projects (Comenius, Sokrates, @Lis, Equal)
Awards for Internet bus Netti-Nysse:

  • European Union best practice on dimension of eGovernment
  • National prize for innovative adult education practices, Ministry of Education
  • Tampere 220 Medal in recognition of distinguished work in the field of education and culture and for disseminating the results of this work internationally
  • The Millennium Technology Prize Foundation, Special Recognition Award for a particular people-centered application  that exploits the World Wide Web and Internet Technology
  • Finalist in European Commissions’ e- Inclusion Award e-Literacy competition


Elina Harju
Director of partnerships, Master of Education
+358 40 508 8521