Tuesday, 15 April 2014

FINNIPS entrance exams in Warsaw

Last week I had the privilege to supervise entrance exams for candidates to Finnish universities of applied sciences, this time in Warsaw in Poland. The exams are organised by the FINNIPS network for the whole of Finland and attendants came from Poland, the Czech Republic, Moldova, Slovenia and the Ukraine.

- I'm glad we actually made it here, despite the global situation as it stands at the moment, said Oles and Taras, brothers from the Ukraine who hope to start international business studies in Finland in August.

Long days with 3-4 hours of exam at a time. Water, water, water...




In the group interview part of the exam the hopeful candidates shared their hopes and dreams in their future field of  study. Most already had some experience through spending a few months in Finland as an Erasmus exchange student, or already had friends or family studying in Finland.

For myself, this was a first-time experience which I shared with a colleague from KYAMK. Thankfully he had lived in Poland for six years, one of which was in Warsaw. I got a good overview of the city in the brief free hours of each evening, with a travel planner right next to  me... thanks Jori!

If you have a chance to go for a similar assignment abroad, I sincerely recommend you take it!

Text & Photo: Piri Hiltunen / TAMK International Services

First meeting of eMenthe project in TAMK



First meeting of eMenthe -project’s steering group was held in TAMK 7. - 8.4.2014. Representatives from each partner university and two external members gave very good feedback about the activities so far -and also about the plans for the future.

It’s our joint pleasure to work for the project! 


Text: Nina Kilkku, Principal Lecturer, TAMK


eMenthe is a multilateral EU-funded three year project. The aim of the project is to enhance Master’s level education in mental health practice by developing eLearning materials through European co-operation. The project is done in co-operation with three Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences, one University of Applied Sciences from Netherlands, one Swedish, Irish and British University.
More information: ementhe.tamk.fi

Monday, 14 April 2014

NorthSouthSouth Project brings teacher visitors from Africa to Tampere



TAMK is a  coordinator in NorthSouthSouth project`s (NSS) sub project SUDET.  The project  organised a meeting and training in TAMK two weeks ago.  There was teacher visitors from South Africa in TAMK. University of Tampere is also a co-operator in this project.

NSS programme SUDET – Social work and sustainable development is a collaboration between higher education institutions are from Mozambique, Tanzania, South Africa and Finland.

The programme is funded by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Funded activities include: student and teacher exchange, joint intensive courses at the partner institutions in the South, networking between institutions and dissemination measures such as publications and seminars.
For more information 

From the project`s blog

Project coordinator Ulla-Maija Koivula
phone 050 570 2471, ulla-maija.koivula(at)tamk.fi

Monday, 10 March 2014

Visitors from Brasilian Universities




Brazilian delegation of 28 persons visited TAMK in late February. They came from three different universities: Universidade de Caxias do Sul (UCS), Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF) and Universidade Regional do Noroeste do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul (UNIJUÍ). Their Presidents and Vice Presidents were also among visitors.

In addition to TAMK they visited Tampere University and the main organizer of the whole visit, Emeritus Professor Tapio Varis also joined the short but intensive TAMK tour. Their excursion to Tampere was part of their administrative and educational studies in Brazil. Among other things in TAMK, they made the acquaintance of TAMK Library.

Text: Matti Pietilä
Photo: Niina Saijonkivi

Monday, 3 March 2014

Greetings from International Week for Engineering of TAMK 2014




The International Week for Engineering of TAMK was organised on 10-13 February 2014. This was the 4th International Week for Engineering at TAMK. TAMK welcomed 19 colleagues from 13 partner universities from eight countries.

The visiting professors met student groups from nearly all the 11 Degree Programmes in Engineering of TAMK. The two Schools of Engineering hosted their guests on one afternoon and the participants were also invited to attend the project workshops of the International Week for Research, Development and Innovation Services that ran simultaneously with that of Engineering. The social programme included a sightseeing tour in Tampere, visits to Molok.Ltd and Demola, a dinner, a sauna evening, and outdoor activities.

Text: Riku-Matti Kinnunen