Friday, 30 October 2009

Orientation course for exchange students and trainees held for the 3rd time

Course N-KV596-2006, which is mandatory for those who wish to go on exchange or do their practical training abroad, started on Tuesday 27th of October for the third time. The first lecture gathered together around 50 students from many different degree programs in TAMK.

The course is mostly moodle-based, but it also includes four contact lectures. It is designed to prepare students on cultural and practical matters before going abroad. This way the student will commit to his or her overseas period and understand its overall purpose on personal and professional growth.

Photo: Matti Pietilä telling students how important it is to be well prepared before going abroad.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

What's TAMK got to do with Russian timber duties?

Picture: Prime ministers Putin and Vanhanen and minister Pekkarinen opening the summit

Almost 400 people were present in the third Russian-Finnish forestry summit in St. Petersburg, Russia last Sunday, 25th October. The Finnish delegation consisted of 140 invited directors, managers, researchers and experts from all forestry branches. TAMK was one of the three Finnish higher education institutions present in the summit and the only Finnish university of applied sciences who participated, represented by Aura Loikkanen and Ari Vanamo.

The summit concentrated on actual problems of forestry co-operation between Finland and Russia. Both countries had put a high priority on the meeting. The prime Minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin opened the seminar and also the Finnish Prime Minister, Matti Vanhanen gave his speech. Altogether five Finnish ministers were present in the summit.

The main problem between Finnish-Russian forestry co-operation has for some year now been the export duties on timber which have strongly affected forest industry in Finland but maybe even more logging operations and employment on the Russian side. According to the original plan the duties on birch pulpwood would have been at least 50 €/m3 from 1st January 2010, but Russia has now twice postponed the decision. Some of the Finnish big forest industry companies have however already reacted and withdrawn their operations from Russia almost completely.

But the timber duties are hopefully just a minor exception in the forestry co-operation between Russia and Finland. The fact remains that Russia has the world´s largest forest resources, about 40 times the amount of Finland´s. The need for the development of forestry sector is great and Finnish know-how in forestry is wanted in many areas. In the summit Finnish and Russian delegations agreed on the further development of both economic and scientific-technical co-operation. It will include for example research on forestry legislation, development and application of bioenergy technologies, creating new forest industry products e.g. by using nanotechnology, basic and further training of forestry researchers, engineers and workers.

So what did TAMK get out of the summit? The forestry degree programme of TAMK, partly together with TAOKK, has for over 5 years been involved in forestry training co-operation in Russia. The projects have been financed by EU and lately by the Finnish Foreign Ministry. These projects were actually the reason why TAMK was invited to St. Petersburg on Sunday. The summit offered the chance for TAMK to see and to be seen. New contacts were formed and old ones refreshed. We´re quite sure that also in the future there will be a need for TAMK´s services in Russian forestry sector,

Ari Vanamo

Spy Museum spills its secrets

On Monday 26th October Finnish Way of Life Club visited the Spy Museum in Tampere. This was a unique opportunity for the exchange students, who were interested in seeing the first spy museum in the world!

This spy museum in the Finlayson area was opened for public in 1998 and it is logical to have in in Finland, as we have been in the heart of the battle between East and West for decades, at the forefront of international espionage. In the museum the visitors can really experience for themselves - break codes, hack into emails or more traditionally write secret and invisible messages to someone with a spy pen!

Text and photos: Miia Lehtinen
(on the left in group picture)

Thursday, 22 October 2009

The Admissions Pages for the New TAMK Have Been Launched

The English admission pages for the new TAMK have been launched.

The pages mainly serve foreign applicants, so they focus on marketing the English degree programmes and giving information about TAMK and Finland. The application period for the English degree programmes is 11.1. – 12.2.2010.

TAMK’s and PIRAMK’s current English webpages remain as they are until the end of 2009. After the 1st of January, both the Finnish and English admissions pages are modified into TAMK’s official webpages.

Both the Finnish and the English admissions pages have been produced by a project team, consisting of the following people: Teija Pekkarinen, Katja Jouttela, Marianna Leikomaa and Minna Honkanen. The production work also got input from several experts, especially from the Admissions Office, Student Services and International Office.

The English admission pages for the new TAMK

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Electrician Team: First We Took St.Petersburg, Now We Take SiChuan

This is a note from director of Electrician Miina Alajärvi, sent to members of the Electrician group on Facebook:


I'm writing from my vacation in Sweden. Good news reach even here! The Electrician keeps on competing around the world!

The Electrician is competing for student film award in Kettupäivät (Finnish for "Fox Days"), an annual Finnish short and documentary film festival in Helsinki. The 26th Kettupäivät will take place from November 4 2009 until November 7 2009. They haven't announced the schedule yet, but I'm inviting everyone in Helsinki to come and see it to Andorra! I'll be there for sure.

I got good news today,
The Electrician has been nominated for Special Jury Award of International “Gold Panda” Awards for Student of 2009 (10th) Sichuan TV Festival. The first website is amazing. Not a word in English. Totally psychedelic!
10th Sichuan TV Festival

And last but not least The Electrician is off to Italy!
THE ELECTRICIAN's been officialy selected for the next edition of Imaginaria’s festival. The 7th Imaginaria will take place in Conversano, Italy from 11 to 15 november 2009.
Imaginaria Film Festival

So Finland, China and Italy in November. In China they actually still do execute people with electric chair. How will they like Marvin?

puss ach kram

The Electrician won three prizes in the Beginning Film Festival in St.Petersburg.

The Electrician will be busy next weeks at following festivals:
4.-7.11: Kettupäivät, Helsinki
4.-8.11: Arctic Fury Film Festival, Rovaniemi, Finland
6.-8.11: 10th SiChuan TV Festival
11.-15.11: Imaginaria Film Festival, Conversano, Italy
17.-21.11: YOUKI 11 international Youth Media Festival, Wels, Austria
19.-20.11: Arctic & Fabulous Film Festival Jyväskylä, Finland
19.-22.11: Up-and-coming International Film Festival, Hannover, Germany
4.-12.12: Rencontres Henri Langlois, International Film Schools Festival, Poitiers, France

The Electrician, with premiere in February this year, has been shown at several festivals in Finland and in Norway, Switzerland, UK, Germany, Portugal, Czech Republic, Puerto Rico and Russia.

The Electrician is a cooperation between TAMK and Salford University.

The Electrician home
Electrician group@Facebook

Electrician in the School of Art and Media blog

Saturday, 17 October 2009

ProAcademy received greetings from its sister unit in Namibia

This message made us very happy and we want to share it with everyone:
To: proAcademy Students

Hello Guys, Sisters and Brothers,

ProLearning is the sister school of ProAcademy in Windhoek, Namibia. We are the pilot team of ProLearning and we are a team of 14 members (including Clarissa from WeDesign). Our company name is PLEMJIVE Cooperative LTD.

We would like to inform you on what is going on with ProLearning and our company. We would also like to create a deeper relationship between ProLearning and ProAcademy students.

Since you guys dont know us, here is our brief introduction. Please guys check the attached pictures to see the spirit of ProLearning…

Yours sincerly,
Plemjive members

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Nordic and Baltic Business Week challenged 30 international students to innovate!

Thirty students from Denmark, Norway, Lithuania and Finland participated in the Nordplus Intensive Course Business in the Nordic and Baltic Countries, which took place in Tampere on 19. - 25.9.2009.

The objective of the intensive course was to learn about business, innovation and Nordic and Baltic cooperation by working together. Students formed teams of 6-8 people, and found solutions to a real customer case during a 48-hour innovation task.

The intensive course was organized by Nordic and Baltic Business Innovation Network coordinated by PIRAMK. The Network members are currently TAMK and PIRAMK from Finland, University of Tromsø from Norway, University of Southern Denmark from Denmark, and Vytautas Magnus University from Lithuania. This was the third time that the Nordic Business Week took place at TAMK Proacademy, a special unit in entrepreneurship at TAMK.

Earlier the customer had been Nokia Innovation Center and the teams worked on business concepts and new products using future technologies. Nokia recently published a concept video which has some of the earlier teams' ideas.

This year the theme of the week was social entrepreneurship and the customer was the non-profit innovation agency Hermia Ltd. The teams' task was to develop a business concept of the social enterprise Hub Tampere in the context of Finlayson's innovation environment. The teams worked on the task at the wonderful Kauppila farm in the city of Ikaalinen.

Watch the documentary video about the innovation task on Vimeo:

Photos from the week are available on Flickr:

The Nordic and Baltic Business Innovation Network network has an open Ning community at:

The Hub is an initiative to build a network of places around the world where entrepreneurs, innovators and changemakers can meet and work together to tackle the world’s most pressing social, cultural and environmental challenges. A place is needed to inspire and support imaginative and enterprising initiatives for a radically better world.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Hockey hockey hockey!!

Last weekend the Finnish Way of Life Club went to Hakametsä ice hockey hall to see a thrilling game. The two main league teams of Tampere (Tappara and Ilves) kept us all on the edge of our seats!

This event was the most popular club event so far among the exchange students, since a total of 30 students came to root their favorite team on! For some of the students this ice hockey match was the first to see live (ever) and not on TV, so they were very excited and got lost in the heat of the game. Almost all of the students cheered Tappara (for some reason) and eventually they won 2-0. Everyone was very satisfied after the game about the result, the great atmosphere in the ice hockey hall and of course about the opportunity to see real Finnish ice hockey!

Text and photo: Miia Lehtinen

Saturday, 10 October 2009

DETVET Had a Brilliant Start

The kick-off session of the DETVET project was rounded off late Thursday afternoon with a tour to Klaipeda's old brewery.

Earlier all the important decisions to make the project running efficiently over the next two years. The project plan was scrutinised in detail and many specifications made.

The main form of activities is partner meetings, to be arranged January 2010 in Malmö/Lund, Sweden, April in Sant'Angelo, Italy, October in Odense, Denmark, January 2011 in Olomouc, Czech Republic and May 2011 in Tampere, Finland.

The meeting also started the DETVET blog to be launced in November and the DETVET Google-group for communication and work between the meetings.

The steering committee members were chosen, dissemination plan made and the tools for investigations discussed.

The aim of the project is to form an international sustainable partnership in order to improve VET teachers’ competencies in education techniques.

The objectives of the project are:
  • to make an inventory, exchange, evaluate and disseminate the best in-service training practice, methods which enable VET teachers to acquire and develop their competencies focused on education techniques,
  • to compare educational competencies development needs of VET teachers in participating countries,
  • to test a chosen method in the partner institution or silent partner,
  • to produce a Common Methodology Framework for the teachers from various fields of VET system enabling to reach an optimal efficiency when assisting students in learning process, also helping them in choosing adequate material and tools for their knowledge practical implementation.
The project will run until end of July 2011. DETVET is a partnership project funded by the EU Leonardo da Vinci Programme.

The role of Tampere UAS (TAMK) in this project is to contribute to the expertice of using Social Media in education and training.

VET = Vocational education and training
DETVET = Development of Educational Techniques in Vocational Education and Training

Pictured: Most members in a DETVET family photo. Standing in the back row on right TAMK delegates Sisko Mällinen and Jarno Tolonen.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

RetAiL meeting in Reykjavik

Marianna and Hanna visiting the Barnafossar waterfalls

For the past two years, TAMK has participated in project RetAiL – Retail Management for Adults in Lifelong Learning. Unfortunately all good things come to an end, and the project had its final meeting in Reykjavik in 6.-8.10.2009. The project is now almost complete and the next step is to start disseminating it and to offer the course created during the project for learners to use.
The product created during the project is a programme aimed at adults already working in the retailing sector, who need to improve their skills in retail management. The materials are meant for flexible, on-line studying and have been created especially by taking the adult learners’ learning strategies into account.

Barnafossar waterfalls

The partners in the project are Verzlunarskoli Islands (the coordinator, Iceland), Fræðslumiðstöð atvinnulífsins (Iceland) and North Highland College (Scotland).

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Postcard from Klaipeda

Hello from Klaipeda, Lithuania! The TAMK delegation travelled here today via Riga, Latvia. Soon we will meet our partners representing educational institutions from Lithuania, Czech Republic, Italy, Denmark and Sweden.

Our meeting is the kick-off for the DETVET (Development of Educational Techniques in Vocational Education and Training) project. Educational institutions have to find new ways of addressing the needs of education in the networked globalized world. The main task of TAMK in this project is to research and demonstrate the possibilities social media has to give.

The project is funded by the EU Leonardo da Vinci Programme.

Members of TAMK delegation are Sisko Mällinen, TAMK Teacher's Education Centre, Jarno Tolonen, e-Edu learning technology centre and Cai Melakoski, TAMK School of Art and Media.

You will read more about DETVET soon!

Pictured: Cai, Sisko and Jarno in sunny Klaipeda today

Monday, 5 October 2009

Documentary Maker Swanhilde de Jong from NHL

Swanhilde de Jong made a staff exchange last week to TAMK School of Art and Media. The students of our MA in Screenwriting Programme work with a course on genres, and Swanhilde brought the expertise of documentary scriptwriting to this course. She said she enjoyed her work very much, the students showed a very professional attitude.

Swanhilde came from Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. She is Senior Lecturer in Multimedia Design at NHL. The university is one of our five partners in the Netherlands.

Swanhilde has been project manager for documentary film projects in Uganda and Namibia. She also directs documentaries for her own company, Swanhilde de Jong Produkties, and for Omrop Fryslân.

She also had some time to participate in the MindTrek Conference during her visit.

Swanhilde de Jong (LinkedIn profile)
NHL University

MA in Screenwriting

Pictured: Swanhilde de Jong at the entrance to TAMK main campus, where he was hosted by the Head of TAMK International Office, Riku-Matti Kinnunen

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Three Questions to Andy Walker, the Scriptwriter

MA in Screenwriting is a joint programme of TAMK UAS and University of Salford, UK. The third edition of the programme started in September.

Some of the lecturers of the course have already been introduced in this blog. When Andy Walker was about to leave after his three week long period with the MA in Screenwriting students I managed to steal two minutes of his time for a photo on our roof garden, but there was no time for an interview. So it was made in Facebook afterwards:

Who are you and what is you job in general?
My name is Andy Walker and I'm a scriptwriter. I've worked on numerous unmade feature film scripts that are probably doomed to sit in offices around Europe and nearly, but not quite, get made. This doesn't stop me trying! Fortunately, BBC Radio 4 have been very kind over the years and I've had several original plays broadcast. I've made several short films and have shown them at festivals in London, Paris, New York and, of course, Manchester.

What do you do with MA in Screenwriting?
I'm currently an Honorary Visiting Fellow (in Screenwriting) at the University of Salford where I teach part-time. On the MA Film Screenwriting, I encourage the students to take a fresh look at genre and realise the power-of-the-premise. I lead workshops throughout the year where we critique student scripts and also supervise the writing of final project scripts; several this year have gone on to receive funding and reach the latter stages of Hollywood script-writing competitions.

What do you think about MA in Screenwriting?
I think it's a terrific course for anyone who wants to focus and get down to some real, professional level screenwriting and produce cinematic scripts that are not only original, visually breathtaking and beautifully written but have a chance of finding their place in the international marketplace.

Read all stories about MA in Screenwriting (The TAMK School of Art and Media Blog)

Pictured: Andy Walker

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Kristiina Lehto's Asperger Syndrome Document Now with English Subs

Diary of a Person with Asperger’s Syndrome is a documentary film written, directed and produced by Kristiina Lehto. She made this document, because Asperger's syndrome is present in her family. Kristiina wants to help people to understand what Asperger's syndrome is about. Every day person's with AS experience much injustice, because people don't understand their behaviour.

The film has been shown on a number of festivals, and it was one of the "Creators of the Future" films screened by the TV2 Documentary Project last summer.

Kristiina studies film and television at TAMK.

Synopsis: The document describes how a person with Asperger’s syndrome sees and experiences this world. We learn how a person with Asperger’s syndrome regards living in this society and how difficult it is for them.

You can now enjoy the film online with subtitles in English:

Diary of a Person with Asperger’s Syndrome

Asperger Syndrome (Wikipedia)

Thursday, 1 October 2009

MindTrek Diary, Day Two: Celebrating Aleksi, Joost and Frank

MindTrek is a world class conference with famous keynote speakers and sessions that deal with the most important issues of the digital future. If you want to learn more, check out the MindTrek website.

TAMK is one of the proud key institutions behind MindTrek, we are really happy to be a crucial part of this stunning event.

This blog does not however monitor the big stars of the global event, we keep in touch with the grassroot level.

IMPs, the international Media Programme students of TAMK School of Art and Media were there having breakfast in time before the shows started. Aleksi, one of the IMPs (in center), had his birthday, all the fellow IMPs sung the birthday song, and Aleksi's muffin was powered up with whipped cream and strawberries,

Our previous post presented the Innovator project, showed this week at MindTrek and next week in Cannes.
Pictured find Pauli Kopu, the driving force of the Innovator project, and Director Jukka P. Saarinen from Nokia Research Centre in Tampere, the Brain behind Demola and God Father of the Innovator at the Innovator stand at MindTrek.

Matti Särkilahti and Tuomas Rinne, Business Information System students and Antti Salomaa, Interaction Design student at TAMK UAS, who have been envolved in successful Demola projects, presented their work to MindTrek participants.

The day was wrapped out with the MindTrek Awards Ceremony. Here you see the winners of Nokia Ubimedia MindTrek Awards, from right to left: Third Price winner Jan Roters, Traffic Light Detector (Germany), second prize winner Katrina Bekessy, PING, the Smart Trash Bin (USA), and the winners with Donkeypedia Frank Alsema and Joost van Eeden, the Netherlands.

Mirette Kangas (left) from YLE New Media and Hanna Puro, Zento Interactive are frequent MindTrek visitors, but surpricingly they met today for the first time at MindTrek after they worked together at the EUROPRIX jury in 2002 in Salzburg.

Nokia Ubimedia MindTrek Awards

PING: The Smart Trash Bin
Traffic Light Detector

MindTrek Diary, Day One

One of the exciting and inspiring reasons to enjoy working at TAMK is the annual MindTrek Conference we arrange together with other Tampere universities and companies every year since 1997.

MindTrek always has a state of the art content in ICT and digital media with world class speakers and tracks. The best part however in my opinion is that 800 wonderful people from all over the world gather here, a lot of old friends and partners, and so many new people to make friends and contacts with.

In the morning I escorted Swanhilde de Jong to TAMK main campus to meet our Head of the International Office Riku-Matti Kinnunen.

Swanhilde is exchange lecturer from one of our partner universities in the Netherlands, the NHL-university in Leeuwarden. She is teaching our MA in Screenwriting programme this week, I will write a story about this later. It is easy to attract visiting lecturers to our university during the MindTrek week, they love to come, because they have also the option to be a part of MindTrek.

The colours of Swanhilde matches excellent with the autumn colours of Tampere.

Going back to TAMK School of Art and Media Campus at Finlayson I realized one reason why MindTrek attracts people from all over the world. Tampere is just fantastic in the beginning of October.

Today was the MindTrek pre-conference day with partner events. Most of them were at Rosendahl, but some also at Finlayson.

The Chair of Nokia Ubimedia MindTrek Awards Artur Lugmayr is here opening the nominee presentations event of the competition at Demola, Finlayson. The nominees did great presentations, and I was happy almost all of the IMPs, the students of our international Media Programme were present.

In the evening I participated in the Open Media event get-together. "The rivals", the nominees of Nokia Ubimedia MindTrek Awards finally found each other at the same table. Who will win the first prize? My lips are sealed, but the secret will be revealed tomorrow 16:45 at Rosendahl.

From left to right: A member of the Traffic Light Detector delegation, sorry, I didn't get his name yet, Joost van Eeden, DonkeyPedia (Netherlands), Kirsi Lindfors, co-chair of the Ubimedia contest (Finland), Katrina Bekessy's mother, Frank Alsema, DonkeyPedia, Katrina Bekessy, PING, the Smart Trash Bin (USA) and Jan Roters, Traffic Light Detector (Germany).