Wednesday, 31 March 2010

TAMK builds an energy efficient house into a metropolis

TAMK has taken Finnish wooden house construction knowledge into China. Last year, TAMK build a two-storey, 230 square meter single family house into the university city of Shenyang, which has 8 million inhabitants.

Finnish and Chinese students of Building Construction Engineering designed the building, which has living and meeting spaces and even a sauna, into the Shenyang university campus. The house was built as an example of energy efficiency. The house is also more durable against earthquakes than the stone or concrete buildings usually built in the area.

The wooden house project is a part of TAMK’s research and development activities. The house also provides excellent opportunities for exporting education into China. The idea is to first export more know-how, and at the same time to open up channels to export Finnish wooden house structures and fittings.

Exporting TAMK’s knowledge of wooden house construction and the Finnish wooden house products may even lead to the export of Finnish wooden house factory knowledge into China: as the country has become wealthier, a demand for wooden house regions has arisen.

TAMK and the Shenyang Jianzhu University (SJZU) which specialises in construction engineering began collaborating 15 years ago. In addition to TAMK, the Finnish participants in the wooden house construction project were Late-Rakenteet Oy, Pirkanmaan Ristikko Oy, Starkki Oy and Väärin Puutavara Ky.

IP@CE 2010 Valencia - Advertising Campaign Training

The task for this year’s IP@CE was to come up with an advertising campaign that would promote green issues and make young Europeans aware of responsible energy consumption habits. Students came to work together to Valencia from Belgium, France, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey, UK and Spain. From TAMK Virrat students of the option Marketing and International Business Karri Kähärä, Anni Kilpiö, Anu-Eveliina Muuri, Turo Ristolainen and Jussi Virtanen participated in the IP hosted by CEU Universidad Cardenal Herrera.

Before arriving to Valencia, every country had to deliver a research report about the target group of 13-25 year-old youngsters of their own country. The research included their thoughts about climate change, their media usage, internet habits and their actions concerning climate change. These researches offered background information for the actual advertising campaign that was conducted in Valencia.

In Valencia students were divided into eight groups that would be advertising agencies and every agency had to come up with the campaign for our client, The European Commission. The only challenge in the task was not about being the most creative but also to work successfully in an international group.

Two weeks is a very short time and each team had to determine their target group and understand it in order to come up with a strong and creative idea that wouldn’t cost too much and would be easily adoptable for young Europeans.

As usual, the two weeks of IP was not just about working together but also about having fun and getting to know other students. The Spanish organization had planned us something for almost every evening. We got to taste typical Spanish tapas, see the night life in Valencia and also go to a local football match. We also got to taste typical food from each participant country as we organized an intercultural dinner with all the other students where every country would prepare something from their own countries.

In the last evening they had organized a farewell party where all the students and teachers came to eat, drink and dance all together to celebrate the successful IP. A DJ was playing everyone’s favorite songs that had been collected beforehand.

Working in an international group and expanding your knowledge as well as learning from other students and having fun ended up being a priceless experience that all the students participated in the program would remember long after this.

Story & pictures: Anu-Eveliina Muuri

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

UNIPOLI Aasia trip to Bangalore India

Experimental field in Doddaballapur near Bangalore

TAMK representatives, Director of education Ms. Riitta Hanhijärvi and Senior Lecturer Eeva-Liisa Viskari, spent one week in Bangalore India on a UNIPOLI Asia –network trip in late February 2010. The network is formed by the universities of Tampere under the theme “Enhancing well-being through biotechnology and environmental technology - cooperation with higher education institutions in Tampere, China, India and Korea”. The network is financed by CIMO Finland.

During the trip we visited two universities. First target was University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore and especially the Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, and Department of Biotechnology, which were of special interest of the project. We were introduced the research of the departments. In the department of Agricultural Sciences the research is focused on the use of anthropogenic waste as a fertilizer as well as maintaining the soil fertility, which is also one focus in TAMK R&D activities at present. The field studies were quite impressive. At the campus there is quite a wide land area reserved for experiments using cow and human urine, among other organic substances, as fertilizers and studying the crop and soil quality. The annual open-day for introducing this research to local farmers, accumulated about 100 000 interested farmers to visit the experimental sites of the UAS Bangalore. This kind of activity is in fact an excellent way of university serving the community.

We also visited Doddaballapur, about 40 km from Bangalore, to see an experimental site, where one farmer is cultivating his crops, in this case millet, with anthropogenic fertilizers. This kind of implementation is also a good way to take the scientific research into practice in a very demonstrative way. In addition to these agricultural research activities the university has also Departments of Forestry and Department of Biotechnology which both might be interesting as cooperation partners also from TAMK point of view.

The second institution in our programme was a private university in Bangalore, Dayananda Sagar Institutions (DSI). All Finnish universities of applied sciences have undersigned a MOU with DSI, thus allowing also us a good start in the bilateral cooperation between TAMK and DSI. DSI is a multidisciplinary university. The fields of education include for example: Technology and architecture (civil, mechanical, electrical, computer and chemical engineering, IT, dental sciences, pharmacy, nursing, biotechnology, business, education, natural sciences and arts. Thus there are many similarities between DSI and TAMK. There are about 12 thousand students at DSI. During our visit at DSI we had very fruitful discussion with the Senior Executive Vice President, Mr. Janardhan. We also met the representatives of the Department of Biotechnology.

We invited representatives from both universities to visit TAMK. Hopefully after these visit we can get into action of student and teacher’s exchange between our institutions and you would hear more about this cooperation with Indian universities a lot more in the future.

For more information please see:

Text and photo: Senior lecturer Eeva-Liisa Viskari, Environmental Engineering

Visitors from Hokkaido University

Professor Naoyuki Funamizu is giving a lecture at TAMK about composting toilet studies.

On March 15 TAMK got special visitors from Hokkaido University. Professor Naoyuki Funamizu representing the School of Engineering, Division of Build Environment and there Water System Research Group and Professor Kozo Yoshikawa, who is responsible of the International Affairs in the School of Engineering and especially developing international engineering education.

The day started with a guest lecture by Professor Funamizu. His research group is focusing on sanitation issues. The audience consisted mostly on Environmental Engineering students and staff heard most interesting lecture about Composting toilets and sanitation research in Hokkaido University.

Hokkaido University is located in Sapporo, a city known to us Finns from the Winter Olympics. The university was founded in 1876 and at that time it was called Sapporo Agricultural College. It was Japan’s first university to award bachelor's degrees. Today the university is one of the leading academic centers in Japan. The visit was not the first one for either of the guests. Professor Naoyuki Funamizu has visited Tampere several times and participating all three Dry Toilet conferences. Professor Yoshikawa in turn has been at TAMK two years ago discussing TAMK-Hokkaido University cooperation.

In the afternoon we had discussions about cooperation between TAMK and Hokkaido University. Vice President Marja Sutela considered the work in developing the internship program of the university most interesting. Based on the afternoon discussions it was obvious that the cooperation between TAMK and Hokkaido University will be expanded from Environmental Engineering to all fields of Engineering. The idea is to start both student exchange for studying and doing practical training periods. So hopefully there will be new exchange opportunities for our students in the future.

For more information about Hokkaido University please see:

Text and photo: Senior lecturer Eeva-Liisa Viskari, Environmental Engineering

Sunday, 28 March 2010

"Connection Lost" Victorius in the Languages Through Lenses 2010 Competition

Outi Hartikainen directs actor Pertti Hokkanen at the demo video shoots
The film competition Languages Through Lenses 2010 organized by European Commission, ELIA in partnership with PRIX EUROPA and in cooperation with CILECT brought victory to "Connection Lost", a short film script written by Hannu Koivuranta and Outi Hartikainen.

An international jury chose 15 best scripts from over a 100 participants from 18 EU-countries. Each script will be given a 5000 EUR grant for the production. The main themes of the scripts are about motivating people to learn languages and raising interest in different cultures.

A demo video was produced for "Connection Lost" and it was presented to the international jury. You can watch the video at The video was made at the school studio in front of a greenscreen, but the final short film will be shot on location. Plans for using a motion capture -suit with live action filming are underway.

2nd year film students Hannu and Outi - together with scriptwriting lecturer Arto Koskinen - are headed to Amsterdam on the 15th and 16th of April to develop the script to its final version with international professionals. The competition itself is far from over since the short films to be produced from the scripts will compete at Prix Europa next October as a part of the Berlin Film Festival.

Story: Hannu Koivuranta

TAMK is ELIA and CILECT member
ELIA (The European League of Institutes of the Arts)
CILECT ( International Association of Film and Television Schools)
Prix Europa

"Connection Lost"-demo video from Hannu Koivuranta on Vimeo.

Friday, 26 March 2010

TAMK Students Awarded in Barcelona

TAMK School of Art and Media tourists in front of the university
The DobleClick-festival of University UVic was organised internationally for the first time this year, as a bunch of TTVO-students headed towards Barcelona and the town of Vic to change experiences with the university. The three-day festival consisted of not only screenings of both of the schools' films, but also of workshops given by students.

Director Minna Korhonen, cinematographer Nalle Mielonen and editor Nina Forsman were there to represent their film Family Portrait. On their workshop they focused on the use of stop motion animation in a film. In turn, the directors Ville Hakonen and Jussi Sandhu and the assistant director Milla Kaski of the film Whistle While You Work, handled green screen technique, and what they had overall learned from making the film - both in good and bad. The UVic-students' workshops consisted of everything from photography to copyright-issues.

The students thought the workshops to be very informative - even when they had been closely involved with the project in question. "Although I was a set assistant in Whistle While You Work, I hadn't known any details of using green screen in a film, until now", says Korhonen. Many of the students felt that just having given a workshop was a valuable learning experience.

TTVO-films also had success in the festival competition: Whistle While You Work grabbed the win for "Best audiovisual work" and a shared first place for "Commited Subject" with a UVic-film Hoy tampaco. Vesa Jokinen's animation Jack in a Box took home the prizes in "Best audiovisual credits" and "Creativity".

The students that took part of this trip wish all the best to the DobleClick-festival in the future and hope that the event will grow even bigger and more international. The event was filled with exceptionally good team spirit, so we believe that there will be no lack of motivation!

Story: Jussi Sandhu and Milla Kaski

The delegation was led by senior lecturer Pertti "Peeko" Näränen

Up: Ville Hakonen and Milla Kaski analyzing the green screen -process / Down: Teacher Cristina Perales and Festival organizer Miquel Cornellà capturing the workshop


Thursday, 25 March 2010

Intensive course brings ideas for international tourism to Pirkanmaa

The Pirkanmaa tourism industry gains access to a unique international idea team for two weeks. On Tuesday the 23rd of March begun the third EU-funded Destination Analysis intensive course. The participants are 60 students of tourism from three European universities.

The collaboration universities are Salford University from England and Universitat Jaume I from Spain, while TAMK is the organiser of the course.

In her welcoming speech, the manager of TAMK’s services Aura Loikkanen mentioned that TAMK has already faced expectations to develop tourism in the Pirkanmaa region, even though it is not yet very well-known in this sector. Loikkanen wished for a bold and innovative input and vision from the students of the course.

The main task of the course is to familiarise these future tourism experts with the culture and tourism in the selected tourist destinations, and to analyse their tourism potential. They also provide the destinations with development ideas and new products. The previous courses have studied Manchester in the UK and Castéllon in Spain, and now it’s Pirkanmaa’s turn.

The course consists of diverse lectures and visitations. In Pirkanmaa, the visiting tourist destinations are the City of Ikaalinen, Seitseminen National Park and the City of Tampere as a ”gateway to Pirkanmaa.”

The majority of work takes place in Ikaalinen, where the students visit the Kauppila Farm, Ikaalinen Spa, Associated Market Town of Ikaalinen and the Luomajärvi Horse Inn. Finally, the students, in groups of six, produce a final analysis of the destination, which will result in various development and product ideas for tourism.

In addition to the local tourist destination mentioned above, the course is made possible by the participation of Kylpyläkaupunki Inc, Ikaalinen Spa, Go Tampere and Seitseminen National Park.

For more information

Sari Matala, DSSc
Principle lecturer in Tourism

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Swimming in ice!

The Finnish Way of Life Club for exchange students wanted to enjoy the starting spring by going to Rauhaniemi sauna and swimming in the lake.

Most of the exchange students had their first time in Finnish sauna and also first experience of ice swimming. Regardless of the huge excitement and a slight tremor of nerves in the beginning, they went bravely to the icy water over... and over... and over again. Afterwards they felt really relaxed and planned returning to the lake soon!

Text & photo:

Happy Ada Lovelace Day 2010!

Today blogs all over the world celebrate Ada Lovelace day, so does this blog too.

Many of us find computers quite boring. What fascinates us is all the fabulous stuff we can create using software run by computers. For a long period of time computers were however mostly used for quite dull duties, like calculations for business and engineering, and later for designing optimal trajectories for missiles.

Today our students still claim they are "computing", although they in fact practice impressive creative and artistic work - using software as their tool.

Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) wrote the first computer programmes in world for Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine (which never was built). But the history (and presence) of computers and software is a very male scene.

History and present could be more magnificent if Ada had continued her work longer (She died 36 years old), or if her work would had got more open minded successors. Ada Lovelace was not only the first programmer, she was also the first to see that this technology could be applied to music and other creative fields.

Now computers are serving a large variety of human needs and dreams, but we have all reason to celebrate Ada Lovelace day March 24 each year to remind ourselves, that we need both genders to create a better world.

So congratulations to all on the occasion of the Ada Lovelace day, especially to all ladies working with creative digital art and media!

Ada Lovelace Day
Ada Lovelace (Wikipedia)

Cai Melakoski

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

ACA Academic Cooperation Association

Taking care of the ‘brains’ – Principles and practice in international student support

Seminar in Brussels 19.3.2010

The student services offered are becoming an increasingly important factor for international students when they select a place to study. The seminar addressed the needs and wants of international degree students and gave tips how to meet the challenges higher education institutions are facing in their efforts to internationalize. We heard interesting research results and motivating cases from UK and Denmark.

UK has a long tradition of having tuition paying students. With the increased funding through these students also the student services are given more emphasis than in countries offering free education. Denmark has already started charging tuition from students coming from outside EU, Sweden will follow already in 2011 and gradually Finland will take the same path. All countries that have started charging tuition have experienced a decline in the number of international student for some years. In the UK this decline lasted for three years.

The new strategy for Tampere University of Applied Sciences emphasizes the well-being of students. We are set to improve in this area. Through social media, a university will nowadays quickly gain a reputation based on how students are welcomed and cared for during their studies.

Aura Loikkanen

Monday, 22 March 2010

TAMK Consulting Academy TCA

Mr. Stefan Kot, Counsellor of Poland made an interesting presentation on the Polish economy

TAMK Consulting Academy TCA is a 10 credit IB course where students learn by doing real-life projects with companies. Coach of the program is Dr. Mauri Gronroos. On March 16th TCA organized a successful seminar "Poland - Gateway to Europe" in cooperation with Chamber of Commerce and Polish Embassy. More than 30 companies participated and TCA got very positive feed-back.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Hi from Sevilla!!

I'm here at Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Spain as part of my Erasmus staff exchange. The reason for me being here right now, is that TAMK is coordinating an Erasmus IP ”Creative Methods in Social Work – CREME” and my job is to answer the endless questions of the participants concerning the administration, financing and practicalities of the course.

UPO is approximately the same size as TAMK, but the vibe is totally different on campus. They have a big unified campus with lots of beautiful parks and gardens for the students to meet and work in. Weather is bit tricky this time of year - Monday was freezing cold and Tuesday was melting hot - so layers, layers, layers!! UPO has some great services for our students (for example, their new tandem-tutor model), so I would recommend it for students... but they should have Spanish skills to maximise their experience. Services run quite smoothly in English but the amount of classes in English is still a bit limited.

The course has been wonderful and the students very motivated and committed, enthusiastic and outgoing. The groups work perfectly and I have just heard some of their reports, which were truly impressive! They will later on be published in a booklet and you should be able to get your hands on a copy in early autumn. If I have to find something negative, it is really killing a bureaucrat like me when everything (programme, budget, facilities...) changes every four hours. Even in my last course in Mozambique changes were no more frequent than once-a-day. Oh well!

Well, anyway, it's time to go scare everyone with the consequences of not following the rules. It's what I do best!

Text & Photo:
Camilla Kalevo
TAMK International Services

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Water Day at TAMK 23.3

The first year Environmental Engineering students are arranging the Water Day happening at TAMK 23.3.2010. The day includes lectures, info and contests. The Opening Ceremony is at 12.00 in the Teiskontie main lobby. Program ends at 16.00.

Place: Teiskontie main lobby, D1-02 auditorium


  • Water Day program begins at 12.00 in the main lobby with opening speech given by Marja Sutela, Vice Principle of TAMK.
  • After the speech there will be a stand-up comedy performance given by an American comedian Rich Lyons in English.
  • The opening ceremony is followed by a series of lectures on water related issues.
  • Lectures begin in D1-02 auditorium.
  • 12.45 Marjukka Dyer, Head of Environmental Engineering, member of Finnish Water Association: Networking with water
  • 13.00 Dr. Kit Christensen: Ethics in water issues
  • 13.30 Dr. Mohamed Asheesh, Oulu University of Applied Sciences: Water scarcity index
  • 14.00 Dr. Jarmo J. Hukka, Senior Consultant, Water and Environment International Operations, Ramboll Finland Oy: Why is Finland leading in Water Poverty Index?
  • 14.30 Maria Notley, Consultant, Municipality of Nurmijärvi: Kenya water sector reform - new methods in the water resources management
  • 15.00 Discussions

Further information
Matti Lenkkeri

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Tony Torp from TAMK recognised as Nokia Champion recognition

The largest mobile developer community in the world (over 4 million mobile application developers), Forum Nokia, has recognised Tony Torp as a Forum Nokia Champion.

Forum Nokia rewards individuals who have through their work and achievements enabled the mobile technology and community to thrive. Every six minths, the community selects especially distinguished expert developers for a year's honorary membership.

Torp works at TAMK as a senior lecturer in computer systems engineering and has actively worked to make TAMK one of the most well-known higher education institutions offering mobile application development in the world. In the Degree Programme of Computer Systems Engineering, the focus is on developing the field of mobile technology, applying the latest technologies and innovation. Torp has also participated actively in creating university networks of the field, several international projects and sharing his skills in several universities in the world. This input can be seen in the curriculums of several universities around the world.

This is the third time Torp has been rewarded. The previous recongitions were in 2006 and 2009. For more information and Torp's Champion profile, see

Monday, 15 March 2010

Tämä toimii - This works!

Tämä toimii! (This works!) technology competition for primary school students is underway. The regional preliminaries of the national competition will be held at TAMK on Friday the 19th of March.

17 000 primary school students all around Finland combine their skills in mathematics, Finnish, art and crafts when creating almost 4300 moving toys, their advertisements and a diary documenting their group's working process. 120 students from Tampere, Nokia, Sastamala, Ylöjärvi, Ikaalinen, Jokioinen, Hämeenkyrö, Pori, Ulvila, Mänttä-Vilppula, Pirkkala and Hämeenlinna take part in the preliminaries in Tampere.

The national technology competition for grades 1-6 has once again made it possible to use innovation process as a learning method. The results are magnificent: awesome and diverse moving toys, their advertisements and diaries of the process - there is no limit to the creativitiness of the students! Innovativeness is a skill you can learn!

For more information (in Finnish:)

Sunday, 14 March 2010

So in TAMK, you can really earn credits by arranging Speeddates?

Well, I guess you can. At least we do.

Our project group, consisting of TAMK students, have put together two nights of mischief and mingling in which some 20 people of the opposite sex are going to have miniature dates of 3-4 minutes with all the other 20 persons. 

The first speed-date night will be held at Groove on the 17th of March and the second, a week later, on the 24th of March at Tabu. The night at Groove is targeted for people between the ages 19-27 and the Tabu night for the ages 25 to 35. Check out our website . From the “ilmoittaudu” section, you sign yourself in. We already have enough women, but for men there are still couple free spots.

Both of out events have stunning afterparties in same locations, so feel welcome to join the fun! Doors will open at 10 pm.

17.3. Groove Bar & Cellar, Aleksanterinkatu 22
24.3. Tabu Wine Bar & Ultra Lounge, Hämeenkatu 10

Speeddates 8 €
Afterparty 4 €, (free for our daters)

Our site is only in finnish, but in case of questions, you can reach us by email from

Story: Tiina Heikkilä and Teemu Oikkonen

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

TAMK Goes Tampere International Film Festival 2010

The students of TAMK School of Art and Media are annually involved in Tampere Film Festival in many ways. There are a lot of students active with the practical arrangements and duties; working or doing their work practice or voluntary work. The film and television students are also responsible for the broadcasts of the Film Festival Studio and organisation of the Film Fest Party.

The film festival is for many students a part of their studies, a considerable number of study points will be gained. The Film Festival studio is part of the Multicamera course, and participation in Film Festival seminars and workshops add to study points as well as work practice does. The biggest amount of study points is however collected in the process of shooting the films that are seen in the national competition screenings and the special show of School of Art and Media new student films.

This is how TAMK students show on the Film Festival programme:

Wed March 10
14:30-15:00 Film Festival Studio, Dina TV

Thu March 11
14:00-16:00 Memory of Tomorrow D: Pekka Saari Plevna 5 (National Contest 9)
14:30-15:00 Film Festival Studio, Dina TV
16:00-17:00 TAMK New Student Films, Pakkahuone
21:00-04:00 Film Fest Party, Klubi

Fri March 12
14:00-16:00 When I Move... D: Ville Salminen Plevna 5 (National Contest 10)
14:30-15:00 Film Festival Studio, Dina TV

Sat March 13
12:00-14:00 Memory of Tomorrow D: Pekka Saari Plevna 2 (National Contest 9)
16:00-18:00 When I Move... D: Ville Salminen Plevna 2 (National Contest 10)

Additionally many film professionals graduated from TAMK are visible at the Film Festival. E.g. five of the thirteen directors of the Finnish Music Video Show have studied here; Teemu Niukkanen, Jussi Kärnä, Iiro Hokkanen and Miikka Lommi in the Degree Programme of Media and Sami Sänpäkkilä in the Degree Programme of Fine Arts.

The films of the TAMK New Films Special Screening:
    * Adaption, D: Henna Inkinen
    * Asepussi/Gunbag, D: Jukka Hautajärvi
    * Esso, D: Petri Uusitalo
    * Helvetin hyvää työtä/Whistle while you work, D: Ville Hakonen/Jussi Sandhu
    * HERA D: Sanni Rajapolvi
    * Herääminen/The Awakening, D: Miro Laiho
    * Jackpot D: Petri Uusitalo
    * Kahvia ja tupakkaa/Coffee and Cigarettes, D: Tomi Pietilä
    * Korpin laulu/Raven's song, D: Aino Suni
    * Limppu/The Loaf, D: Pauli Kopu
    * Niin paljon sinua halusin/All that I wanted, D: Aino Suni
    * Oman onnensa leipuri/Lucky Baker, D: Markus Aaltonen
    * Perhepotretti/Family Portrait, D: Minna Korhonen
    * Pitkän päivän aamu/Finding Frank, D: Joona Sarisalmi
    * Toivon murusia/Crumbs of Hope, D: Emmi-Sofia Markkanen
Tampere Film Festival March 10-14 2010

Monday, 8 March 2010

Creative Cooperation with Tartu

We welcomed again visitors from the Estonian twin city of Tampere, Tartu. Külli Hansen and Raul Oreshkin, representatives of Tartu Centre for Creative Industries were guests of Creative Tampere for two days to learn about creative institutions in Tampere. Tampere UAS Finlayson campus with the School of Art and Media and the proAcademy were targets of the tour.

The contacts between different cultural institutions in Tampere and Tartu are very intense. Also TAMK School of Art and Media and Tartu Art College have close cooperation including staff and student exchange.

Last year students of our Fine Arts Programme had the MAAVARA (Ride Height) exhibition in Tartu, and the Tartu College of Fine Art Graduation Show Lend n 2009 exhibited in Tampere.

Tartu Cantre for Creative Industries
Creative Tampere

Lend n 2009
MAAVARA (Ride Height)