Sunday, 31 January 2010

The needs of working life are changing faster and faster

Science Journalist Kalle Heiska has published an article about the survey by Tampere University of Applied Sciences about industry needs and work placement. University students need to learn more and more during their on-the-job training.

According to the survey there is a need for more cooperation between universities and workplaces regarding students’ on-the-job training. This way the students’ professional growth can gain strength and employers can get competent workforce for tasks which are changing faster and faster. The survey was funded by the Ministry of Education, Finland and the European Social Fund.

Read the story at New High Technology

Pictured: Jani Berkovits (left) of Sandvik Mining and Construction Oy and Samuli Kolari of Tampere University of Applied Sciences are aware of the importance of on-the-job training when students are qualifying for their professions.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Postcard from DETVET meeting, Östra Grevie

The second DETVET (Development of Educational Techniques in Vocational Education and Training) project meeting was today and yesterday in Östra Grevie, Skåne, southern Sweden.

The winter has been like in the good old times here as well. Yesterday we experienced a heavy snow storm. Good we had a working day and could stay indoors. Today it's bright sunshine, thats good, because I'm going to fly home tonight.

The meeting has learned more about pedagogical methods and techniques in the participating countries and prepared a questionnaire DETVET uses to collect data from VET teachers.

DETVET is an EU funded project with participants from Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Lithuania and Sweden. Tampere University of Applied Sciences is the Finnish partner.

The next project meeting will be in April in Sant'Angelo, Italy.

DETVET Project

Pictured: Östra Grevie Folkhögskola, the venue of the meeting

Monday, 25 January 2010

Guest lecturer to share newest research information on climate impact of aerosols

Researcher Eija Asmi from the Finnish Meteorological Institute will be lecturing in TAMK about aerosols and their impact on climate systems and their connection to current climate change.

The visit will be part of a free-choice Climate change -course (Global Climate Change - Sources and solutions) arranged for the first time in TAMK by the degree programme of Environmental Engineering.

Aerosols (fine, airborne particles) play an important role in the global climate balance and can therefore be important to climate change. Climate forcings due to aerosols are not well known yet, especially the indirect radiative forcing they can cause. Aerosols are one of the greatest sources of uncertainty in interpretation of climate change in projection of future climate change.

Everyone is welcomed to join and listen the guest lecturer's speech on Friday 29.1.2010, 1 pm at auditorium A3-27 in TAMK.

Creative Guests from Lithuania and Portugal

Delegations from Inteli, Lisbon Portugal and Economic Development Agency, Klaipeda Lithuania visited Tampere University of Applied Sciences. Both organisations are members of the European Creativity Movement Creative Clusters.

The host of the delegations Creative Tampere took the guests to some of the most innovative and exiting places in Tampere like Demola, Himmelblau and the Hub. At TAMK Finlayson Campus the guests got familiar with the School of Art and Media and the proAcademy.

Klaipeda Economic Development Agency
Creative Tampere

Pictured in the School of Art and Media studio from left to right on coaches: Raimonda Lauzikiene and Goda Giedraityte (Klaipeda), Daniela Guerreiro and Inés Cunha (Lisbon) and Liina Kangas, Creative Tampere. Sitting front Ignas Kazakevicius, Klaipeda.

Friday, 22 January 2010

Pyynikki Symphony goes Edinburgh

Pyynikki Symphony Orchestra
Sun 24th of January at 18.00
(address: F.E. Sillanpään katu 9, Tampere)

Tickets 6/12 €

Pyynikki Symphony Orchestra (TAMK) plays the Edinburgh concert tour repertoire at Pyynikkisali on Sunday.

The repertory stretches from Romanticism all the way to Contemporary Music. The orchestral works of the concert are Sibelius’ Second Symphony and the premiere of In the Highest composed by Stephen Davismoon. The second symphony of Sibelius is a heroic by nature and it is the most famous of Sibelius’ symphonies. It is a functional synthesis of classic light and romantic feeling including a number of unforgettable melodies. Stephen Davismoon dedicates his composition to his Finnish friends in Tampere. In the Highest uses the Gloria for the Blessed Virgin, from the Liber Usualis as a harmonic and motific starting point and also echoes and pays homage to the mysterious tones of Sibelius.

The soloist compositions are also very different from each other. Milhaud’s Concerto for Percussion and Small Orchestra is not so often heard. The concerto is a pioneer work and still the best of its kind. Behind a diverse percussion battery is Péter Fodor. The other soloist piece reflects intimate Finnish emotions. Uuno Klami is one of the central figures in the generation of Finnish composers that followed Sibelius. His composition Cheremissian Fantasy for cello and orchestra explores archaic and mythical worlds. Juho Nissi in cello interprets this mythical atmosphere.

Pyynikki Symphony is visiting Edinburgh as a guest of Napier University. Pyynikki Symphony is the student orchestra of Tampere University of Applied Sciences School of Music and Tampere Conservatoire. Orchestra gives two to three concerts in a year. The repertory of Pyynikki Symphony consists of the essential orchestral literature and the concertos with student soloists and also the large church music pieces. In addition, Pyynikki Symphony is the opera orchestra in the opera productions of TAMK School of Music and Tampere Conservatoire. The artistic director and the conductor of Pyynikki Symphony is the principal lecturer Ari Angervo. The orchestra gives a concert in Edinburgh on 28th of January in Greyfriars Kirk.

Photo: Ari Ijäs

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Visit by Photo Art Professor Walter Bergmoser from Seoul

Professor in Photo Art Walter Bergmoser from our partner Chung Ang University in South Korea paid a visit to Finland. He was invited by our Degree Programme in Fine Arts as a part of our exchange programme.

He became familiar with the degree programme and gave lectures to our students. We also discussed future cooperation which will include a joint workshop, an exhibition and developing of international learning environments.

Story and photo: Juha Suonpää

Photo: Professor Walter Bergmoser (left) is introduced to Finnish winter net fishing under expert supervision by fisher Olli Klemola from Pälkäne.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Preparing the Fourth Edition of MA in Screenwriting

The joint study board of our joint masters programme with Salford University, MA in Screenwriting gathered this week at TAMK School of Art and Media in Tampere. At University of Salford the programme is arranged by the School of Media, Music & Performance.

The MA in Screenwriting fourth edition application time will start in April and the course starts in the beginning of September in Tampere. The second semester will be in Manchester.

The cooperation with Salford School of Media, Music & Performance has been intense 15 years already, covering staff and student exchange, joint projects and the MA in Screenwriting Programme. One outcome of the coopreation is the short film The Electrician.

The Electrician had premiere last spring, and has been invited to numerous film festivals all over, already awarded in Germany, Russia, China, Italy and Finland.

Read more about MA in Screenwriting
Read more about The Electrician

MA in Screenwriting Salford
MA in Screenwriting Tampere

Pictured from left to right participants of the joint study board meeting: Tommi Tuominen (MA in Screenwriting student), Colin Muir (Head of MA in Screenwriting, Salford), Ari Koivumäki (Head of MA in Screenwriting, Tampere), Arto Koskinen (MA in Screenwriting senior lecturer) and John Sweeney (Director of Administration, Salford International Media Centre)

Monday, 11 January 2010

126 Study Places Open - Application Period Started Today

Do you want to study International Business, Environmental Engineering, Media, Nursing or Tourism in English?

Don't wait no more, we take 126 new students to our BA Degree Programmes run in English starting in autumn 2010 at Tampere University of Applied Sciences.

The chance to apply is valid only until February 12th, go now to

Friday, 8 January 2010

The Spring Exchange Students Arrived

The spring semester will begin on Monday, but the main campus area at Kuntokatu has seen a lot of busy students yesterday and today; the new exchange students had they orientation days.

There has been a lot of lectures, demonstrations and tours, but also other very essential activities. Last night most exchange students made the sauna. Although there is no lake to jump in next to the student's union sauna at the campus area, the conditions were excellent: a temperature below -20 °C and lots of soft, white, refreshing snow to roll in after the sauna. Some students even run half naked around the campus in the snow in their bare feet. A nice and healthy introduction to Finland.

All the students have not arrived yet, but there will be 145 exchange students from 24 countries; Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, China, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom.

The application period for incoming students applying for exchange from 1st August 2010 onwards is 15.4-15.5.2010
Read more

Pictured: Some of the exchange students. On left in front row international coordinator Mirja Onduso

Friday, 1 January 2010

The Joy of Sussing Out - Apply to TAMK

Laukontori Market Square
The application period to degree programmes run in English of Finnish universities of applied sciences will start on Monday January 11th.

This is already visible in the streets of Tampere; Tampere UAS rallies the campaign with the slogan "Oivaltamisen iloa", the "joy of sussing out" on the posters in central spots of the city.

The merger of TAMK UAS and PIRAMK UAS is implemented today with the new year 2010. The new Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) is born. Five degree programmes completely taught in English welcome applications until February 12.

The international BA degree programmes of Tampere University of Applied Sciences are:
  • Environmental Engineering
  • International Business
  • Media
  • Nursing
  • Social Services
  • Tourism
More information:

TAMK Admission

Application time to degree programmes run in Finnish will start March 1st.

In the Background Entrance to TAMK Finlayson Campus, home of the proAcademy and the School of Art and Media