Friday, 26 February 2010

Joint application for degree programmes taught in Finnish begins!

The joint application for universities of applied sciences begins in the beginning of March, and there are 2012 study places available in TAMK for degree programmes taught in Finnish beginning in autumn of 2010. In addition to Tampere, there are study places available in Ikaalinen, Mänttä-Vilppula, Sastamala and Virrat.

The majority of the study places for degree programmes taught in Finnish, 1465, are in the youth education degree programmes. There are 312 places available in the adult education degree programmes and 235 places in the Master’s degree programmes. The most number of study places, 776, are offered by the degree programmes of technology. There are 475 study places available in the degree programmes of social services and health, 275 in business and administration, 171 in culture, 140 in tourism, catering and domestic services, 138 in business systems administration and 37 in forestry.

The application for the Finnish degree programmes beginning in the autumn of 2010 is carried out as an on-line application in The application period is 1.3-16.4. For the first time, the national joint application covers youth education degree programmes, adult education degree programmes and Master’s degree programmes all at the same time.

TAMK has 255 study places outside Tampere

The majority of TAMK’s study places are in Tampere. There are 115 study places offered by TAMK’s Ikaalinen campus, in the degree programmes of Business Administration, Business Information Systems and Tourism. Virrat offers 40 study places in Media, and 20 study places in Business Administration as adult education. Mänttä-Vilppula also offers 20 study places in Business Administration and 20 study places in Well-being services.

An engineering degree programme will also begin in Sastamala next autumn. The degree programme utilises blended learning and enables persons with vocational qualifications in engineering or as a technician to supplement their degree into a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering. Last autumn, a degree programme in nursing was also launched in Sastamala, and 20 study places will be available for the degree programme in nursing which begins next autumn as well.

New degree programmes

The new TAMK formed by the merged PIRAMK University of Applied Sciences and TAMK University of Applied Sciences offers four new Finnish Master’s degree programmes in the fields of well-being technology, clinical nursing, social services and service business. The degree programme in Service Business is implemented in collaboration with JAMK University of Applied Sciences.

For more information about the joint application: TAMK, Applications Office, tel.
03 245 2395, 03 245 2397, hakutoimisto (at)

Saturday, 20 February 2010

TAMK Designs Health Information, Visuality and Music into a Health Game

Science journalist Kalle Heiska reports about a health game project at TAMK:

TAMK University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) has designed and produced a game for teens incorporating health information, visual appeal and music. The game encourages young people to be sociable and take exercise. Progress in the game requires positive health choices and responses from the game figures manipulated in play. The Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Tampere was in charge of the development work on the health game.
Read the entire report

Photo: Roskis ( = “rubbish”) is a game figure. When the game starts he has had a poor diet for a long time. When a player makes the right decisions with his Roskis figure the diet becomes much healthier. When the game ends Roskis has obviously got rid of his excess weight.
Photo: TAMK

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Tourism most attractive in TAMK

Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) had 1018 primary applicants to its English degree programmes starting in the autumn 2010. There were 8.1 primary applicants per study place. TAMK was the third most popular university of applied sciences in Finland. The closing date for applications was Friday 12 February.

Degree Programme in Tourism was the most popular English degree programme in TAMK. It had 230 primary applicants (11.5 applicants/study place). Degree Programme in Media had 181 primary applicants (9.1 applicants/study place), International Business 335 primary applicants (8.4 applicants/study place), Nursing 115 primary applicants (7.2 applicants/study place) and Environmental Engineering 157 primary applicants (5.2 applicants/study place).

In all, there were 2571 applicants to TAMK´s five degree programmes conducted in English. The number of open study places is 126.

TAMK had more Finnish applicants than other universities of applied sciences according to the national statistics.

The joint application data are based on the Finnish National Board of Education´s current statistics.

Monday, 15 February 2010

A New Festival Sees Daylight in Tampere!

Like all the great ideas in Finland, this was also born in sauna in the end of year 2009.  At that time some guys from Bubiklubi came up with the idea of arranging new festival in Tampere during the next summer.  Time passed and the idea changed into a plan, and now if everything goes as planned in the end of July there’s going to be a music festival at the main campus of TAMK. This yet-nameless-festival will be just like all the other festivals – it offers good music performed by Finnish artists, food, drink and other entertainment. The biggest difference is the price – the organizers want to keep the price of the tickets as low as possible, so that the main target group – the students, wouldn’t miss this event because the lack of money. This is possible because Bubiklubi isn’t trying to make profit with this event.

But wait a minute... what is Bubiklubi?

Bubiklubi is one the clubs in TAMK and it has arranged many big studentparties and happenings during schoolyears.  So, arranging events is at least someway familiar to the boys, but arranging something this big isn’t. So they have to be a little bit nuts trying to do something like this. The boys are admitting that the biggest challenge will be finding the money to make this event even possible. However, they aren’t  terrified of this, they only have to work harder.

At this moment, the group is trying to find sponsors and technical staff. The advertising starts in the spring, before the schools end.

We will hear about this event later, it’s guaranteed.

Written by: Sanna Lindroos
Media Production '07

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Last Chance to Apply on Friday February 12!

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

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Campus Party Europe in Madrid 15-18 April

The Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation will celebrate the Spanish EU presidency this spring by inviting the most innovative young talents to the greatest event of Internet and Digital Media ever, the Campus Party Europe in the Magic Box, Madrid April 15-18.

Asociación E3 Futura is responsible for organizing this stunning celebration of young creativity; creators of the best projects in all 27 EU member states are invited with trips to Madrid, meals and accommodation covered. There will be three villages of knowledge: Science, Innovation and Digital Creativity.

Innovation Village

If you have developed software, an Internet or Mobile application or Social Media Service that you proudly know is unique and brings digital media further; nominate yourself to be invited to the Innovation Village of the Party.

Innovation area participants will present their projects; participate in workshops, challenges, parties and other activities of Campus Party. Everybody has also the opportunity not only to be invited, but also to be awarded at the event.

TAMK is cooperating with Campus Party; the head of the Media Programme Cai Melakoski is coordinator of the innovation village. You can also contact him (, if you have a project that deserves to be present in Madrid.

Campus Party Europe

Photo from Campus Party Valencia 2009

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

The students of construction engineering join forces in Asta Constructor fair

Asta Constructor 2010, organised on the 12th to 14th of February, is an trade fair of construction and living, which offers plenty of building, living and renovation products and services for house builders, people doing renovations or just fixing up their homes as well as for decorators. The Asta Constructor fair is organised by Puusuutarit ry in collaboration with Tampere Trade Fairs Ltd and TAMK.

Pirkanmaa is well known for organising events for home builders. The association of construction engineering students, Puusuutarit, has organised the Constructor fair at TAMK and its predecessors 40 times already. Tampere Trade Fairs has organised the Asta fair 16 times. As a result of their collaboration, the first Asta Constructor fair event was organised in 2008.

Ideas for material choices from the Product house

The visitors of Asta Constructor 2010 receive useful information from exhibition stands, information events, demonstrations and of course by visiting the Product house built by Puusuutarit. The approximately 50 square meter Product house (pictured above) contains construction materials and design ideas for saunas, bathrooms, living rooms and kitchens. The Product house displays products from sixty different companies, and offers the visitors ideas and tips for their own homes.

In addition to the Product house, Puusuutarit have produced the exhibition brochure and guide, and are partially in charge of selling the exhibition spaces. Working in the fair itself is also a part of the association’s work. TAMK supports the activities of Puusuutarit by offering e.g. office spaces and guidance.

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Art students join Damien Hirst in an exhibition

 Producer Kathleen Blumel, exhibition manager Ulla Jaskari, professor Brigit Richard, Head of the Degree Programme of Fine Art Juha Suonpää, curator Pekka Niskanen and artistic director Inke Arns inspect the exhibition plan

Artist, teacher and curator Pekka Niskanen and the Head of the Degree Programme of Fine Art Juha Suonpää visited Dortmund to negotiate about the InterCool 3.0 exhibition. The exhibition will open in September 2010 and will contain environmental, media and social works of art from world-famous artists as well as from TAMK’s fine art students.

The internationally famous names include, alongside Hirst, Isaac Julien, Nan Goldin, Andreas Gursky and Banksy. InterCool 3.0 is a collaboration project of images and media spaces, where TAMK’s international partners are the Frankfurt University and Hartware MedienKunstVerein. The exhibition will tour Dortmund, Vienna and Leeds, and will arrive to Finland, to Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, in 2011.

The exhibition will be executed in the U-culture centre which will be renovated in the centre of Dortmund

In conjunction with planning the InterCool 3.0 exhibition, an Erasmus collaboration agreement was signed between TAMK and Frankfurt University. This enables international mobility for both students and staff.

Text: Juha Suonpää

Inter-cool 3.0 is a part of RUHR.2010 European Capital of Culture.
InterCool 3.0
Damien Hirst (Wikipedia)

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Bus laboratory: forerunner in energy efficiency, kilometres without emissions

TAMK has commissioned Tampere Electric Wheel Center to launch a project to produce a bus laboratory, in collaboration with the research, technology and educational partners of the field. In practice, the laboratory will be a bus, which has operated in fixed-route transportation, and will be converted to use electricity. The conversion includes removing the combustion engine, and installing electric motor, batteries and new driving control systems.

Technical innovations

The technical structure will be implemented modularly. This structure enables the testing of various electric motor uses, as well as comparing batteries and hybrid systems. The bus will be used to study mains charging, and the functionality of driving control systems and software. The bus will become a platform where the parties involved with electric transportation can test their systems. The bus will also be used to evaluate the functionality of driving an electric vehicle in traffic.

The driving control system enables versatile energy measurements while driving. Through this, and other computerised systems, various energy efficient driving methods can be studied. The information systems can also be used to examine and implement fully new cabin services.

Aim to create emission free kilometres

The converted bus will operate in normal city traffic. Due to its electricity, the bus will not produce particulate nor exhaust gas emissions. Energy created while driving can be recycled through an electric system. The braking energy can be used to recharge the battery, which in turn reduces the total consumption of energy. The technology will be displayed prominently, so the citizens may also get to know the new technology through the bus.

New cabin innovations

The interior tests a modification structure, where the number of seats can flexible be adjusted to suit the current requirements. The bus may be transformed into a more tram-like vehicle by reducing the number of seats and adding standing room. This makes the bus more suitable for rush-hour traffic or event transportations. Some of the space may be used for entirely other purposes, such as presentation, meeting or laboratory spaces, which makes the bus even more versatile for research projects.


In the future, the bus laboratory will support and enable the electric car business to develop itself and to organise training in Tampere. The bus laboratory will be the first bus converted by the Electric Wheel Centre. The know-how acquired in the project may lead to serial conversion production in the Electric Wheel Centre. A concurrent operations model for the future is launching the production of new cars in collaboration with a suitable chassis and body producer.

Emissions free traffic and giving up oil-based energy sources are the future. Tampere and Tampere University of Applied Sciences want to show the way and be the forerunners of the field, both nationally and internationally.

For more information, please contact

Lauri Hietalahti
Senior lecturer
Electrical power engineering