Thursday, 30 April 2009

Tampere Art Factory Soon Ready for You

The second edition of Tampere Art Factory (TAF) is taking shape. You can already find the basic programme information at TAF website, and shortly there will be loads of more.

TAF is above all a demonstration of the skills and talent of the graduates and other students of the School of Art and Media at TAMK University of Applied Sciences, and their friends. This year also the music and media students of Pirkanmaa University of Applied Sciences contribute to TAF programme.

The main structure of both festival days, May 15 and 16 is the same, there will be:

  • Screenings of fictional short films, documentaries and animations. There are seven sets of screenings, each with its own titel like "This Story is True - Documentaries", "Escape or Decision - life is a set of choices" and "Tobacco, Booze and Wild Ladies - Music Films". A schedule of the screenings will later be published also in English.
  • Diskurssidisko – Fine art students' graduation exhibition at Art Centre Mältinranta and TR1 Exhibition Centre. Diskurssidisko has a website which will soon be published in English.
  • Games and web media at Demola
  • TAF lounge – music videos, animations etc. all day long
  • Clubs at restaurant Laterna both nights
  • much more
Also the workshops of the International Week of the School of Art and Media will present their results at TAF. Some 40 teachers and students from our international partner universities will attend the international week and TAF.

On Saturday there are two other events TAF is going to cooperate with, the Night of The Museums and the Markets of Possibilities of Tampere Social Forum. TAF will contribute to both with dance shows and performances.

Tampere Art Factory
The Night of the Museums
The Markets of Possibilities

Read all stories about TAF in the School of Art and Media blog

Friday, 24 April 2009

TAMK Short Films Successful in Berlin

KYKY, a brand new short film event was held in the Finnish Institute in Berlin, Germany. A group of students from TAMK UAS School of Art and Media and Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences organized an evening that included six finnish short films and a panel discussion with two directors, AJ Annila and Maria Kaurismäki. Pekka Ollula, who is studying producing and creative thinking, and sound designer/composer Miro Laiho a.k.a. Michael Law joined the discussion about the films that were shown, culture export and finnish short films in general.

KYKY was launched in fall 2008 by Jussi Laaksonen, Pekka Ollula and Pauli Kopu. Later, Emmi Nuorgam joined the group. The connections to the Finnish Institute in Germany came from inside the group and the co-operation between the our group and the institute was tremendous.

Yesterday, on April 23rd, it was finally time to present the films to the audience in Berlin. And what an audience it was! The co-workers at the institute counted approximately 110 participants, which is a great number! The people enjoyed the show, the applause was nice after every film and many people took part in the panel discussion - that could be called a successful night in Berlin. It was nice to recognize, how everybody was able to make international connections and to discuss about the Finnish film scene in general with a nice glass of wine or even juice.

A project like this made it possible for us to give the audience a nice piece of Finnish culture. The feedback was very positive and we are looking forward to take more Finnish short films to other culture institutes all over the world, which was the main goal to achieve with KYKY. Thank you Berlin, we'll be back with more films and creative ideas! If you are interested getting your film abroad, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Story by KYKY

The films:
Winterlong Director: Timo Puukko
Hard Student IV: The Ultimate Battle D: AJ Annila
Ennustus – Rain Must Fall O: Anna-Kaisa Haapala
Norjalainen huora - Norwegian Whore D: Timo Vuorensola
Sivutyö – Sideline D: Maria Kaurismäki
HERA D: Sanni Rajapolvi

The Finnish Institute in Germany, presentation of films
(in German)

Hard Student IV, Rain Must Fall, Sideline and Hera are made by TAMK School of Art and Media students.

Rain Must Fall and Hera are also screened at Tampere Art Factory May 15-16

Monday, 20 April 2009

EMMA went fishing

European Modules and Mobility in Agricultural education-students went ice fishing on Näsijärvi March 21. Liisa Rikala from TAOKK had kindly invited the group to their cottage. The program included ice fishing, sauna and dining. Fortunately for the fish, none of them were caught. The "pilkkijät" still had a nice sunny outing on the lake, had a good sauna and excellent food. A successful outing by all accounts!

"Take me to the fish!"

TAMK Goes Green on Thursday

Students, teachers and staff are warmly welcomed to discover ways to work and live green.

'Go Green' examines the future of green business and research; in addition to introducing ways to get involved in green actions both locally and globally. 'Go Green' presents lectures and challenging films to spark dialog.

Schedule on Thursday April 23

09.30 Material and energy saving through Engineering Mechanics, Dr. Gerd Mühlenbeck (Room D1-02)
10.30 Aspects of Change, mini-lecture series (Room D1-02)
11.30 Lunch break
12.00 Garbage: The Revolution Begins At Home, Documentary Film (Auditorium D1-04)
13.30 Green in Everyday, Sanna Huikuri (Room D1-02)
14.30 Recipes for Disaster, Documentary Film (Auditorium D1-04)

10.00-15.30 Exhibition area open for all

All lectures and films will be presented in English.
Free popcorn for movie-goers!


Material and energy saving through Engineering Mechanics, Gerd Mühlenbeck (45 min)

Dr. Mühlenbeck demonstrates what we can achieve by using engineering mechanics to save material and energy in addition to explosion protection in accordance with European Standards such as ATEX.

Being Green Everyday, Sanna Huikuri (45 min)

Sanna Huikuri (Dodo ry) is an Environmental Engineer (Tamk '03), Master's student in Environmental Sciences/Renewable energy and active in environmental organizations. Huikuri will discuss daily green questions and decisions affecting us all. Huikuri emphasizes how meaningful everyday decisions are to the big picture of environmental issues. Choosing green is a modern responsible lifestyle for everyone, not the marginal actions of environmental groups. Huikuri brings new points of views to what changes in our environment affects, not only climate change but it also causes other issues such as poverty.

Aspects of Change, mini-lecture series (50 min)
  • The Green Party (Tampereen Vihreät nuoret- Virnu ry) will discuss how environmental issues can be approached and affected from a political point of view.
  • The Carrot Mob (Porkkanamafia) will introduce the activities of The Carrot Mob and the successes they have achieved in environmental areas.
  • Elle Yli-Ojanperä, Creative Producer - Ethical business and customer decisions.
  • Suntrica - Solar charging goes personal. Suntrica will spark a conversation about utilizing green technology and business practices.

Go Green will be presenting two must-see feature length documentary films which will challenge the viewer to rethink the disposable lifestyle that is draining our environment.

Recipes for Disaster (FIN, 85 min)
This is a film about climate change. About catastrophe. And it's funny, painfully funny. We love to blame the corporations and industries for what's going wrong with the planet, but we are mistaken. It's us, baby. You and me. We're the real bad guys.

This film shows that at the core of the impending climate catastrophe are those little failures that we as individuals make every day, and which are so much a part of human nature. All the everyday stuff that we don't do, or that we can't help doing, that eventually lead to destruction. The film shows thirteen of these little recipes for disaster.
A documentary film, a comedy of errors, about a subject too serious to ignore.
-John Webster, Director and Writer

Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home (CAN, 76 min)
Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home is a feature documentary about how the family household has become one of the most ferocious environmental predators of our time.

Concerned for the future of his new baby boy Sebastian, writer and director Andrew Nisker takes an average urban family, the McDonalds, and asks them to keep every scrap of garbage that they create for three months. He then takes them on a journey to find out where it all goes and what it's doing to the world. The McDonalds discover that for every action there is a reaction that affects them and the entire planet.

Everyday life under a microscope has never been so revealing. By the end of this trashy odyssey, you are truly inspired to revolutionize your lifestyle for the sake of future generations.


The Exhibition area will be open 10-15.30, with a selection of green companies, projects and organizations. A variety of tables will be set up around the info café lobby, presenting a variety of goods, ranging from; organic, recycled, fashion, solar energy, thermal heating, etc. Tampere local brand Trad. will be presenting the idea of social design and recycled materials with a gallery of fashion pieces.

Go Green is organized by TAMK Consulting Academy with the support of the Research & Development Department and International Business Programme of TAMK. TAMK Consulting Academy is a group of International Business students working on a variety of projects throughout Finland as well as internationally. The event is produced in cooperation with students from the Finnish Media Degree Programme of TAMK.

Go Green

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Couchsurfing Project

Couchsurfing helped me a lot when i decided i would move from Israel to Finland. When i came to do the entrance exam i was hosted in Stockholm, Tampere and Jyvaskyla. After i got invited to study in TAMK, I already knew some members who later become good friends till today.

In the last 2 and a half years since i have been living in Finland i have hosted dozens of guests from all around the world such as Australia, United States, Mexico, France, Germany, Russia, Israel and more.
Some stay for a day or over night while some stay for a few days or even a week.
If you are travellers by blood or looking for some culture exchange and different experiences, you are more than welcome to join the ride. I'm sure you will find it just fit to you as a glove to your hand.

For me, Couchsurfing is a perfect place to gain friends and colleagues, a way to make connections around the world and most important: Have fun !

Yoav Magen. (Israel)
3rd Year Environmental Engineering.

Thursday, 16 April 2009

National Center for Mariculture - Practical Training - Vol.2

After writing about my training work in my first few weeks i can write some more about things i learn during the first month, just before we are starting passover holiday here (8 days!).

During my first month i focused mostly about the groupers tanks and the nitrification process and as i tried to explaine, it is a very early research and many datas are being made by guesses and assumptions and mostly based on growth of a different type of fish, in this case the Gilt-head Bream.

During last two weeks i have started to be more involved with another research which also being made with cooperation with Aqaba, Jordan.
This research is much more advanced one and already used in Commercial methods in different companies in Israel. This current stage of the research is about making all the sludge and sediments which obtain Nitrate (NO3-) and Nitrite (NO2-) and Denitrificate them, meaning, Taking them out from the Solids to the air as gases and by that stop their flushing back to the sea and damaging the coral reefs.

The process might sound easy and simple and it is! but when you try to make it financial worth it is becoming tricky, for example, Picking a fish type which its market price is high, such as groupers or tuna and developing them to commercial production.

the financial problems of money flow between depertmants and offices in Israel made the grouper research to focus also about growth of fish without need for oxigen addition. Lack of funding lead to a situation which there is not enough money to even keep reserve and emergency oxigen tank. Air difusion is the solution which is being researched and should provide enough oxigen to the water, at least till the fish gets to marketing size (between 500-600 g) though this requires more tanks to be monitored.

Another problem we start facing with is the raising of temperatures here in Eilat, which today raise up to 35°c. This Helps for the Nitrification process though cause for lower oxigen levels and higher pH levels which follows to Higher CO2 levels too. CO2 levels, pH and Ammounium are the 3 main varients of the water condition and balance.

during the last month, the groupers grow from 118g to around 160g in avarage. The grouper is estimated to be the next main fish type used in aquaculture. For one thing it worth it - It is DELICIOUS!

Magen Yoav.
3rd Year Student - Environmental Engineering.

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

TAMK Degree Programme in International Business Finnish – Russian Cultural Exchange in St. Petersburg

Finnish – Russian Cultural Exchange in St. Petersburg
I´m writing on the behalf of the whole International Business course in the St.Petersburg. The main reason for our course was to meet some Russian students, to learn Russian business culture and actually to make some connection preparing for the future. Before leaving to St.Petersburg we got some pre material about Finnish companies operating in Russia.
Our trip began with a long train ride to St.Petersburg (about 6 hours from Helsinki). We got in during the day time and our coordinator showed us our accommodations. We were placed on the IMOP center which is a part of St.Petersburg State Polytechnical University. The rooms were very nice and clean. After dropping our stuff we got a tour from a Finnish exchange student Oleg. He showed us the cafeteria and classes. The part of University where we stayed at was very nice and also modern. IMOP is also the part of Polytechnic were the exchange students stay.
On Sunday we had a tour around St.Petersburg which was very teaching and helping to understand Russian history and culture. St.Petersburg is the heart of Russian culture and it has everything for everybody, such as museums, fortresses, canals, old infrastructure, beautiful metro halls and so on. We also visited some local cafeteria and got back to our apartment.
The very next day started our studies. We formed groups with Russian students; two Finnish students and two Russian students. These were our working groups for the next 5 days. The Russian students were about our age (between 20-23 years) but they were mostly studying their 4th year in the University. All of the students involved with this course were studying business.
The first subject was comparing the differences of Russian and Finnish business/family culture, comparing such things as; individualism/collectivism, femininity/masculinity, power distance and risk avoidance. The second subject was business plans. Every group was set to make their own business plan during ongoing economic situation. We also had some speaker from Swedbank telling about problems what Russian economy is going to meet and is already dealing with. I found this lecture very interesting. The third day we also had an excursion to Sokos Hotel in the centre of St.Petersburg. They talked about the problems they faced at the beginning, such as bureaucracy.
The fourth day we had a marketing day. We had a local marketing company visiting our lecture and telling us about how they managed to market their products efficiently. And the fifth and final day we had group presentation of our past subjects. Each group was picked to present one subject. We got a couple of hours to prepare. After the presentations the teachers evaluated our work and actually put groups in grade order – something that the Finnish students were not used to. After the hard working week we had a big banquet dinner with all kind of Russian dishes which were delicious, and I can say on behalf of the whole Finnish group that this week was one of the best in school history.
I want to thank FIRST (Finnish – Russian Student Exchange Programme) co-ordinated by CIMO who gave us an opportunity to learn new things about our Eastern neighbor and make lifetime connections. I also want to thank our Russian friends and St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University which gave us the opportunity to stay in the IMOP and learn more about Russian business culture.
Christoffer Anttila – TAMK Degree Programme in International Business

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Environmental Engineering students’ Association receives funding from Tampere city

The climate campaign ILMANKOS hosted by the City of Tampere has distributed a small amount of funding to associations in Tampere to encourage climate friendly actions within, and by, these societies. Some good examples of cases are "action to prevent climate change" planned by, or within, even the smallest of societies and associations were taken into special consideration when deciding who to award funding to.

TAMK’s Environmental Engineering students’ Association, G.L.O.B.E., was considered to be very sufficient and thus received funding to fulfil their plans to create an action day aimed towards foreign and exchange students studying in Tampere and in TAMK. "Ecoday by G.L.O.B.E." is being arranged now and will include Environmental Engineering students going from door to door in a local student apartment block and distributing information and leaflets about sorting out household waste and energy saving. Students will also give to tenants energy saving lamps, change them and share biobags and teaching how to "build your own biobag from newspapers!" They will also be arranging to collect, and dispose of correctly, any unwanted electrical or otherwise hazardous waste!

ILMANKOS campaign arranges workshop open for all on Thursday 16.4.2009 at 3.30 pm in vanha kirjastotalo, 1st floor at keskustori in Tampere where one of the speakers is the chairman of G.L.O.B.E., presenting the project plan.

IB excursion to Berlin

TAMK University of Applied Sciences
Degree Programme in International Business
Report about excursion to Berlin in 2009
Tero Isokauppila

In 2008-2009 TAMK started a successful collaboration with Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin (HTW). HTW’s Project Management and Communication and TAMK’s Consulting Academy (TCA) have worked together which created the basis for this trip to Germany, to meet the students, be introduced to German business-life, and culture.
Five of us students from TCA participated in this trip; Yancho Dimov, Tero Isokauppila, Krista Kolehmainen, Laura Piela and Hobrawyld Chouat. We arrived in Berlin’s Tegel Airport on Wednesday the 1st of April where Mr. Antti Kapanen (who leads HTW’s masters programs) was waiting for us.
On Thursday we visited The Finnish Institute of Germany. The Institute is funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education for a mission to promote Finnish culture in German speaking countries. The Institute works closely with many Finnish schools. Possibilities are endless and Krista was able to find a tentative international training place through this Institute.
On Friday we visited the school. We met the director of the economics department, Dr. Sören Dressler who told us about their background. This is one of the largest schools of applied sciences in Germany, hosting 11,000 students. Many of the professors who teach there were old-consultants and the school encourages them to keep up with some of their clients.
After seeing the school, we met the students from the Master’s of engineering program. We talked about communication issues that occur while working with students from different countries. The main difficulty with communication is the difference between engineers and business people. We attended a lecture from BCPro which is a voluntary based Consultancy Academy. They do very similar work with real clients as we do in TCA, but they don’t do it for credit points but focus more on just networking. We enjoyed our time with their international students talking about different cultures, languages and communication problems. There were 18 master students which only one is German and the rest represent 14 different nations.
On Sunday we spent some time before our departure seeing the sights, which amongst the ones we visited, the last standing piece of the Berlin Wall was the most memorable.
We learned to appreciate the fact that TAMK really focuses on internationalism and learning by practical tactics for example, traveling and hands on experiences. We felt like real business people traveling by metro to and from our hotel to various meetings, business luncheons and gatherings on top of struggling with a foreign language. It’s impossible to learn these things at school!
In conclusion, we’d like to say that this trip was a perfect ending to our basic and professional studies and a great introduction to our practical studies!

Sunday, 12 April 2009

MA in Screenwriting Application Period Started

MA in Screenwriting is a joint masters programme arranged by University of Salford (Manchester, UK) and TAMK University of Applied Sciences (Tampere, Finland).

The programme wishes to develop film scripts that are innovative and creative but which are also commercially viable. For appropriate film scripts the School has the capacity to assist in developing production contacts at the Berlin Film Festival, Cannes and the American Film Market in Los Angeles.

Some short film scripts written in Finland will be produced by the Media Production programmes of Salford and Tampere.

The programme is taught entirely in English. Semester One will be taught in Tampere and Semester Two in Manchester. Semester Three, where the students write their MA Film Project, may be completed in either the UK or Finland.

The course will run from September 1st 2009 until December 30th 2010. Deadline for applications of Finnish students is May 18th 2009.

Application info (in Finnish)
Application info (University of Salford, non-Finnish applicants)
More stories about MA in Screenwriting

Photo: The Electrician is a film developed during MA in Screenwriting
Story about the Electrician
The Electrician website

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Visitors from the Basque country

Ms Helena Franco and Ms Miren Maite from Business School of the University of the Basque Country, San Sebastián visited TAMK last week. They lectured for three evenings about the economic development of the Basque country from various view points: they spoke about the recent evolution of the Spanish economy, main characteristics and trends of the economy of the BAC, ethical issues in economics and the role of cities in regional development.

Walking on ice at Naistenlahti was quite frightening in the beginning, but turned out to be a delightful experience for Helena Franco and Miren Maite

Unique Trans Atlantic Cooperation in Paper Science Education

TAMK University of Applied Sciences together with other European and US partner universities got EU-US Atlantis funding for 2008-2012 to implement a Trans Atlantic Paper Science (TAPS) dual undergraduate degree. This project gives students and faculty members a unique opportunity to study global paper science through international collaboration. US, German and Finnish students will travel to partner universities for an academic study and addition to this they will do an internship abroad. Total duration of an exchange is one year. A dual Bachelor of Science degree, emphasis in Paper Science, will be awarded after completion of TAPS requirements.
The coordinating university in TAPS program in Europe is Munich University of Applied Sciences in Germany and the coordinating university in the United States is University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (UWSP). Partner universities in this project are North Carolina State University (NCSU) / US, JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Jyväskylä / Finland and TAMK.

Head of Paper, Textile and Chemical Engineering Degree Programme Ulla Häggblom-Ahnger and International Coordinator Kirsi Tolvanen from TAMK traveled to Wisconsin (Stevens Point) and North Carolina (Raleigh) 27.3.-4.4.2009 for TAPS project meetings. The main purpose of these meetings at UWSP and NCSU was to agree on Paper Science Engineering Requirements and General Education Program Requirements (GEP) to fulfill the total requirements needed for a dual degree. Ulla and Kirsi also had a change to meet many US students who are interested in TAPS program and tell about studying opportunities at TAMK.

In University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and in North Carolina State University the European visitors from Munich, Jyväskylä and Tampere had a tour in paper laboratory. In addition to this in Stevens Point there was a mill tour in New Page Mill hosted by famous paper pioneer George Mead.

During academic year 2009-10 altogether four TAMK students will start their TAPS exchange. Also a student from the US and from Germany will come to TAMK under this program during next year. Ideal situation would be that by the end of this project in 2012 eight TAMK paper engineering students have finished TAPS program and got their dual degree from the US. During the project there will be also excellent exchange opportunities for TAMK faculty members to do a teacher exchange in the US or Germany.

Monday, 6 April 2009

Score Teams Successfull in Imagine Cup

Two teams from Game Development Club Score have advanced to the second round of Microsoft Imagine Cup Competition! Thousands of competition entries were submitted from all around the globe to the competition, but only 150 teams continued to fight for the grand prize. Teams have now two months time to finish and polish their games before the second deadline in May. We wish great success for the Score teams and hope to see them in the finals in Egypt in July!

Did you know...

Score is a game development club founded in 2007 by interactive media students at TAMK School of Art and Media. Their goal is to promote Finnish game industry and helping students who hope to build career in games but don't know how. There are currently around 65 members in the club, mostly students from Tampere region. Score has also involved in organizing workshops with subjects like work flow in teams and agile development.

Microsoft Imagine Cup Competition is an annual global event in which competitors are required to create innovative prototypes. This year's theme is to promote the eight UN Millennium Development Goals, create potential solutions that address the toughest problems facing our world today.

There are many contest categories to choose between, robotics and algorithms for example. The Score teams are battling in game development category. The grand prize is 25 000 US$ divided between the members of the team, in addition to various development kits.

The successful games:
Villa Penguila

Ruffian Games Gareth Noyse comments the games

Imagine Cup
Imagine Cup Game Development competition
UN Millennium Development Goals

You can try out these + other games and meet Score members in Demola during our Tampere Art Factory festival May 15-16.
Tampere Art Factory

Picture: Screenshot from Unity

Read about other activities of the School of Art and Media to promote the Millennium Development Goals

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Dreamjobs for Students at Demola Innosummer

You will work for a real company as part of a project team. You will develop something that you have always wanted to:
a new UI for a computer game, machinima, or storytelling in Mixed Reality.

You will get paid for the job and learn something totally new. R&D specialists from the enabling companies will guide your work.

Act now! Application deadline is 15.4.2009.

There are numerous projects available in Demola Innosummer. See the listing below and choose 1 to 3 project topics that interest you. You are the person we need for the project if:

a) You are interested in the topic and have good, innovative ideas for it
b) You have skills and interest related to one or more project goals

The point is: You do not have to know about all the topics or goals listed under the project. The teams will be multidisciplinary, composed of people with different kinds of skills. The company that has set the project will provide the technological know how.

1. Play a game hands-free - A thought- controlled UI
2. New ways for mobile video recording, editing and event casting
3. Share your audiovisual experiences
4. A new, digital dimension to Guided Tours for tourists
5. Get a mobile connection to your virtual community
6. Machinima – storytelling in mixed reality; game, theatre, movie
7. 3D landscape as a mobile phone UI
8. Gesture controlled 3D characters in a computer game

All details about Demola Innosummer (pdf)
More stories about Demola (TAMK School of Art and Media Blog)

Demola is an open innovation environment for university students and ICT and media companies operating in the Tampere Region. It is a service provided jointly by TAMK University of Applied Sciences, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere University and Technology Centre Hermia Ltd.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Logistics study trip to Europe 8th – 14th March 2009

As a part of the Logistics module studies, nine of the students from International Business programme had the opportunity to take a study trip to Europe. During the thrilling trip we visited three EU countries; The Netherlands, Belgium and France and a number of companies operating in the field of logistics within those countries.

The highlight of the trip was the visit to Scania Parts Logistics. It was eye-opening from many aspects, not only because it was a grand scale warehouse where we were able to identify all of the different warehousing activities, but because all we saw made a logical connection to our studies of warehousing theory. We had also a privilege to take a tour in Port of Rotterdam. It is not certainly the idyllic fish port of a small village but in fact the third largest sea-port in the world (in terms of cargo volume). The size of port is really something incomprehensible. The tour took half a day by bus, but still we saw only a fraction of the port. Something that rolled our eyes were the automatically guided vehicles that carry containers to cranes, which then load them to the vessel. No driver or rails existed to keep it on track, the wheels just turned spookily.

Talking about the theory meeting practice, some of us got a chance to cruise around with a forklift. This took place in a warehouse training centre of Logis in Hasselt, Belgium.

Lastly spending a week together, from which two days in a freezing ten bed dormitory room, unified us as a group. We certainly got to learn more about our colleagues and also our teacher.

Overall, the trip was a perfect way to summarize our logistics studies. Most importantly it bolstered our confidence in what we have learned, and opened our eyes to the vast employment possibilities in the field we have chosen. It showed us that the world is a beautiful place and that we could work anywhere because our skills are needed anywhere. We built confidence, since we know what it is expected from us now, and we are eager to get to work. It was an amazing experience that helped us grow personally and professionally.

And finally we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the wonderful people that made this possible, all the companies that we visited, the four teachers that made it possible: Dr. Anasse Bouhlal, Mr. Jeroen Visser, Mr. Tony Fonteyn and Mr. Stephane Betschitch, and last but not least, our main sponsor, the IB programme of TAMK, lead by Mr. Janne Hopeela. We recommend this sort of study trip to all future generations.