Irene Morcillo Soler, Spain
Q: What is your name? 
Irene Morcillo Soler

Q: Where are you from? 
I am from Taradell, a town in Catalonia between the beautiful Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Sea.

Q: Why did you decide to pursue the LLEES programme at UTU? 
I decided to study at UTU because I did my internship for my bachelor’s degree as a preschool teacher in a playschool in Turku last year, and I found out about the LLEES programme. When I read about it, I thought I had to do all my best to get accepted because I wanted to improve the education in my country.

Q: What is your favorite aspect of the programme? 
My favorite aspect of the programme is to learn how to do research in my professional field, but also the fact that we get to know how the Finnish educational system works. Moreover, the mandatory internship will help me in the future when I work in a school environment, to develop new teaching approaches, methodologies, and transform the environment to help the students to build self-confidence, autonomy, self-esteem and acquire knowledge while enjoying their time in the school.

Q: What is your research about? 
I am still thinking about a specific topic for my thesis, but it will be related to Multicultural Education. Nowadays, we are becoming very multicultural all over the world, and I believe that intercultural activities are a must in the curriculum from the very beginning. Moreover, I also think that in Early Childhood Education, teachers should teach more values than subjects.

Q: How do you think your degree will help you in the future? 
I hope that after this programme, I will go back home with a lot to contribute in the education field because a lot of things are changing in my country at the moment, and my aim has always been to be part of this change.

Q: What would you say to someone considering studying at UTU?
Remember Nelson Mandela’s words “Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.” So, you can do this as well!