Wednesday, 28 January 2015

International atmosphere - BE CURIOUS, GO ABROAD!

It's that time of year again - applications for student exchange in the academic year 2015-16 are flying into the database by the minute (deadline 1st Feb), chat service is busy with all sorts of chatter, and parter universities materials are available for browsing in the main lobby. Info desks have blasted videos from partner universities in the lobbies and all the buzz is positive. :)

Some leaflets are still printed... not everything is online!


TAMK has been steadily growing the percentage of students who spend an exchange semester or a training period abroad during their studies. Most students go to Europe through the Erasmus+ programme, but some venture even further. The only unconquered territory is Antarctica, but that may be only a matter of time...
 


Gabriele Mikulenaite, a recruitment specialist from Rhodesnow, showing the hotels where hospitality students train

Rhodesnow is just one of the companies that visit TAMK or promote training placements for students. With an impressive 1000 openings for trainees in the summer of 2015, they held a presentation to a keen audience at TAMK today. The process is quite easy and flexible, so why not spend a summer where the sun always shines? TAMK supports students with Erasmus+ grants, if the training is accepted as part of your degree!

Did you miss the presentation and would like to secure a training placement? Check out the flyer and email Ms Mikulenaite at work@rhodesnow.com

More info on grants and applying for TAMK students HERE (study abroad) and HERE (training abroad)

Text & Pictures: Piri Hiltunen, TAMK International Services


Monday, 26 January 2015

Teaching staff exchange in Zwolle, the Netherlands



Some international week guests on a city tour by bicycle taxis
Riitta Vihuri, Tiina Wickman-Viitala, Timo Leppäkoski and Pirkko Varis from TAMK School of Business and Services had the possibility to participate in the international week organised by the Faculty of Business, Media and Law of Windesheim University of Applied Sciences. Riitta had with students sessions on brainstorming and innovation models, Tiina and Timo coordinated the work of student teams for  developing a business plan. Pirkko had an assignment from a Finnish company and her student teams designed for the company an international marketing communications campaign, including social media. 
Students in a workshop


In addition to teaching sessions, we international guests could enjoy the special programme organised for us by Jamilla ter Steege and her team.  For example, we had the chance to make a guided city tour by bicycle taxis and this was a really special experience for all of us.
Pirkko and Prof. Dr. Lars Brehm from University of Applied Sciences Munich in Waanders In de Broeren

Thank you Jamilla and all team members for a very well organised international week!
Happy students in the end of the international week

Text: Pirkko Varis, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland   
Pictures: Prof. dr. hab Ewa Oziewicz, Head of The Department of International Economic Relations
Institute of International Business, Faculty of Economics, University of Gdańsk, Poland &
Jamilla ter Steege, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands

Friday, 16 January 2015

A Hint of Japanese Culture in Finland



In October 2014 we were glad to have seven students and their professor to visit us from Shikoku University.  This wasn’t the first time for the professor Yuki Kataoka, actually it was already the 5th trip to Finland with different students. It was the second time for me too, to guide them around Tampere.


My name is Eveliina Anttila, I am third year social services student here at TAMK.  My duty for this week was to arrange program for our visitors. They wanted to see Finnish social services from many angles, so we had a tight schedule. It’s not easy to show everything in just one week you see! But gladly I got lots of help from the teachers Ulla-Maija Koivula and Tapio Salomäki, thank you!



Our visitors arrived on Saturday 18.10., and they had few days to explore Helsinki and Tampere by themselves. Our program started on Monday 20.10. with a tour around the main building of Tampere University of Applied Sciences. The building was new for the professor too; on their last visit the school of social services was still located at Pyynikki. On their first real visit they got to know about the Finnish elderly care at one of the dementia home of Sopimusvuori Association.

Tuesday started by taking a bus to Hervanta. We headed to a meeting point for Immigrant women which is called Naistari. There we had a nice breakfast and info about their work. In the end we made together some origami and have a lot of fun! 


We also visited Monitoimitalo 13, which is a youth house in the city center. There we had an opportunity to get to know youth work is done in Finland. Even though the communication was a little bit challenging, the conversations were productive. For example, we had a nice conversation about Japanese video games they had there! ;-) 

On Wednesday our quests were with Ulla-Maija Koivula. They visited a place for preventive child welfare, which is called Toimela and in the afternoon they tried TAMK’s own dark cafeteria organized by young persons from the Association for the Visually Impaired.

Wednesday evening I had planned social evening for the students and their professor. It happened to be my birthday, so it was logical to have a party, right? I had already made some makaronilaatikko, which is similar to American macaroni & cheese.  And for the dessert, of course I had cake, this time it was apple pie with some candles on it. 

Our quests wanted to offer something themselves too, and my kitchen suddenly was full of laughter and joy.  They made us rice triangles and rice flour balls, which were seasoned with Japanese flavors. And would this visit be complete without the extraordinary souveniers? Of course not. That is why we had dried  squid and fish plus plenty of Japanese sweets and snacks. After we all were full of eating, there were birthday song and more souvenirs to give. I also got a birthday card which is still placed on the door of my fridge. Thank you for that!

 
But the week wasn’t over yet. On Thursday we headed to Nuori Kullervo. Nuori Kullervo offers apartments and support for youngsters on the edge of the adulthood. We had nice info, tea, coffee and Fazer chocolate candies! There were a lot to ask, but we had strict schedule, which told us to move to the next place, which was Iltalinjalla –project.



Iltalinjalla –project is a free time place for intellectually disabled people. We had a little bit free time there and we used it by making some origami again! Here’s a few pictures from Iltalinja: 





Our last day together was Friday. We planned it to be a visit to A –guild, which is supportive work for people with intoxicant background. After A-guild information moment, we made a trip to the backyard, which had a fire place and a nice lake view! There we grilled some sausage by Finnish style and ate bread and drank juice. We had so much fun and great time, although it was cold. 







And to sum up this week, this was my second time to host our Japanese student on their visit.We had a busy week with many places to visit. I can’t fit all the stories in this blogtext!

We were all tired on Friday, but it was still worth it and I hope that our quests enjoyed as much as I did! I got an invitation to visit Japan someday, and I think I am going to use that opportunity! ;-) 



Text: Eveliina Anttila
Photos: Eveliina Anttila and Ulla-Maija Koivula

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

In event management, you have to embrace the change and have a positive mental attitude!



 
 
In order to see close you need to go far sometimes. I was privileged to go to United Kingdom to do some benchmarking in two different universities. I was mainly interested in event management and coordination, marketing, communication and service culture.  I am pretty new as event coordinator, but have 10 years of experience in Marketing and Sales in international business world and 10 years of work experience at TAMK as Service Coordinator in R&D. I wanted to learn good practices about event coordination and event management in the university context and environment. Organizing events is about project management, people, team work, communication and marketing, premises, technology and about putting the pieces of puzzle together to get the whole picture, the service. Both universities in UK found the graduation party as one of the most important event, but they organized many commercial events as well.

Here are two descriptions about event management. What is event management?

“Event management is the co-ordination, running and planning of all the people, teams and features that come together to create every kind of event.”


Event management is the application of project management to the creation and development of large scale events such as festivals, conferences, ceremonies, formal parties, concerts, or conventions. It involves studying the brand, identifying the target audience, devising the event concept, planning the logistics and coordinating the technical aspects before actually launching the event.



PMA = Positive Mental Attitude

It is all about the attitude in services and about team work. People who have excellent communication skills and talented in emotional intelligence, are needed to work in different kind of events. You should find different kind of skills to your teams. Positive attitude shows far and gives you the opportunity to get endorsements to your company and events. Take care of your customers and deliver the service customer needs and wants. “You have to embrace the change” said the event and conference manager of one university, who has been working in the same university for 37 years! What a great attitude! Yes, world is changing rapidly and we cannot stick to old habits and patterns, but change and adapt to the new circumstances with the world. He also said: “People buy people”, which means it is all about people, trust, attitudes, personal selling and communications.

Branding

I am personally really interested in the branding of events. In both universities in UK, all events are clear sub-brands for the university and this is visible in all marketing material and signs. It is easier to sell a clear brand with the image and identity than just some kind of events. This is going to be homework for me and my colleagues. TAMK has many events, but we are still developing the branding.

If you are our partner, customer, student or staff member and you are interested in organizing  an event at TAMK, please do not hesitate to contact me anytime through ursula.helsky-lehtola@tamk.fi.  Let´s meet, face to face, because it is all about people and positive attitude.

Ursula Helsky-Lehtola