Friday, 30 April 2010

FIRST study trip to St. Petersburg 10.-18.4 2010

St. Petersburg is a city full of history, culture and people. St. Petersburg is located at the delta of Neva River. All in all, it’s a home for more than 5 million people. The city was founded by Peter the Great. He had the city built with precise plan and style. Nowadays the historical center of St. Petersburg is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

St. Petersburg offered an unforgettable week for us 15 Finnish students that were chosen to participate in FIRST Russian study trip. Our aim was to explore Russian culture, business and nightlife.

We Finnish participants were from several universities and university of applied sciences in Finland for example from TAMK, TuAMK, SAMK, HAMK, UTA and TTY. From TAMK we had two participants from IB this year. Our group was completed when 17 Russian students from different universities from St. Petersburg joined us. The teachers were Mikel Garant , Anasse Bouhlal, Jussi Okkonen, Oksana Yevseeva, Heikki Holma, Aleksander Polyakov, Taina Huhtinen, Ekaterina Tulugurova and Tatiana Khvatova. The program was held at St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University and was coordinated by Daria Kozlova and Tiina Vuorio from Tampere University of Technology.

During the week we got to know each other as well as Russian business culture in general. We had guest lecturers from InnoPartnership,Finpro, the Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce, Nokian renkaat, Rumpu Consulting, the St Pedtersburg Currency Exchange, Handelsbanken and Promaco. The lecturers were kind to share their knowledge of Russian business today. We heard success stories of companies that had entered the Russian market and also their difficulties when facing a new culture. The lectures raised interesting discussions of various topics. We also went to visit The Stock Exchange and Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky. At the Sokos Hotel we also got an inside peek to the rooms.

Besides the lectures we were amazed by various sites around St. Petersburg. On our second day in Russia we went for a city tour and heard about the history of St. Petersburg. We saw the Peter & Paul Fortress, The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and the outstanding Hermitage. Some of us also visited The Kunstkamera which is established in 1714 by Peter the Great who was fascinated by questionable items from all over the world.

On Sunday 18th of April 2010 our group came back to Finland. We all had been enriched by this unforgettable experience to the spectacular city of St. Petersburg – not to mention all the international contacts we made!
By: Maija Peltola

Friday, 23 April 2010

World Summit Youth Award launched: Register by June 27

TAMK is WSYA partner since 2008. WSYA 2010 was launched this week, here is the press release:

The World Summit Youth Award (WSYA) invites once again young designers, e-content creators, writers and bloggers from around the world to enter their online-projects in an international multimedia competition: using internet and mobiles to put the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) into Action!

The WSYA selects and promotes best practice in e-Content and technological creativity, demonstrates young people’s potential to create outstanding digital contents and serves as a platform for people from all UN member states to work together in the efforts to reduce poverty and hunger, and to tackle illhealth, gender inequality, lack of education, lack of access to clean water and environmental degradation.

An application form is available from April 19 – June 27, 2010 online at

Online projects by youth under the age of 30 may be submitted in the following six categories:

1. Fight Poverty, Hunger and Disease !
2. Education for all !
3. Power 2 Women !
4. Create your Culture !
5. Go Green !
6. Pursue Truth !

An international jury of 12 ICT experts will evaluate the projects in two rounds of online judging, where the three winners and two runners-up for each category will be selected.

Winners will be invited to showcase their platform to heads of state, business leaders and civil society at the 4-days WSYA Winners Events, where the most committed and creative young people from around the world will be brought together with the UN Millennium Review Summit Leader in New York in September 2010. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered.


Next to the presentation of the winner’s projects all winners of the contest 2010 are invited to
participate in workshops at the WSYA Winners Events. All nominated projects will be presented online at and extensive promoted through the WSYA network, which offers all contest
participants co-operation possibilities with ICT experts, business leaders, multimedia producers and
youth to youth organizations.

ONLINE REGISTRATION April 19 – June 27, 2010 at
ONLINE JURY June 30 – July 7, 2010: elimination round of judging July 19 – July 25, 2010: nomination round of judging and winners selection
WINNERS EVENTS September 18 – September 22, 2010 at the UN MDG Review Summit in New York City, USA

WSYA home 
Previous posts about WSYA (Artmedia blog)

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Three TAMK students awarded in the Thesis competition

The national Thesis final thesis competition awarded the best Bachelor’s theses of 2009. Three TAMK students were also awarded.

The category Technology and Transportation awarded Kristiina Anttila (Bachelor of Engineering) for her thesis “Lämpösiirtotulostuksen tulostusjälje laatu ja siihen vaikuttavat tekijät” (“Quality of Thermal Transfer Printing and Affecting Factors”). The supervisor for the thesis was Päivi Viitaharju.

In the category Social Sciences, Business and Administration as well as Natural Sciences, Satu Hakkarainen (Bachelor of Business Administration) was awarded for her thesis “Sissimarkkinointi osaksi yrityksen markkinointia. Case ROAD-musikaalin sissimarkkinointi tempaus” (“Guerrilla marketing as a part of a company’s marketing – a Case Study of guerrilla marketing event for the dance musical “ROAD”). The supervisor was Elina Merviö.

Anu Sinisalo (Bachelor of Health Care) was awarded in the category Social services, Health and sport as well as Humanities and Education for her thesis “Klassisen baletin tekniikka ja rasitusvammat jalan ja nilkan alueella” (“Classical Ballet Technique and Overuse Injuries of the Foot and the Ankle”). Her supervisors were Pirjo Lehto and Marja-Leena Lähteenmäki.

181 Bachelor’s thesis took part in the national Thesis competition. 23 theses were awarded with 1000 € grants. The awards will be given in May-June 2010, and the prizes were sponsored by Kesko Oyj.

The aim of the annual Thesis competition is to make the UAS degrees more well-known, and to highlight the special qualities of the degrees, for example working life connections. Another aim is to develop the quality of the theses and to improve the theses culture in the universities of applied sciences. Over 20 000 UAS degrees are completed every year, and they all include a thesis work.

For more information, see

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

"Volcanic" IP in Virrat

Students came to Virrat 11 to 22 April to enjoy the Erasmus Intensive Programme (IP) "Mobile and interactive marketing, IT for convergence internet marketing & eBusiness management".

The coordinator of the IP Pirkko Varis from TAMK prepared the programme and we were happy to stay in Finland. This year IP started in the 11th of April and it lasted 12 twelve days which was not enough to get all the experiences that we wanted. Therefore some of us hoped that volcanic eruption in Iceland could help us to stay longer!

We had an opportunity to meet students and staff members from 16 higher education institutions and 12 European countries: Lithuania, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Hungary, France and Italy.

The programme was arranged that the students could give their presentations on the topics which they were mostly interested in, to listen useful lectures which were presented by staff members from various European countries, and to participate in one of four workshops. Workshops were organized in multicultural and multidisciplinary groups. Workshops gave us understanding about internet marketing, integrated marketing communications & CRM, 3D cinematography – stereo perception/camera work and how to create 3D imagery, website design of a SME, multicultural teams and cross-cultural communication, impact of culture to the content of the website, business intelligence and e-marketing, Flash for marketing, Podcast production and IT tools.

The organizers prepared us not only the daily programme of the IP, but also they planned other activities, like survival expedition, the visit to the zoo, karaoke, and parties. Moreover we could enjoy the advantages of the Finnish sauna and the cold lake after it every day.

During the time in Virrat we improved our knowledge in eBusiness, we had the opportunity to work with students from various countries and of course to enjoy a lot of parties. Also volcanic eruption made our time in Finland more interesting, helped to improve the knowledge of geography and to come more close to each other. Thanks to all participants and especially to the coordinator Pirkko for a wonderful time!

Story: Dovile Pankaite, Kristina Okunyte, Simone Berends and Aurimas Rudzionis.

Forest, fire, food... FANTASTIC!

As spring has already begun, the Finnish Way of Life Club wanted to spend some time outside in the forest! Yesterday 19th of April a group walked to Niihama forest and grilled some sausages and marshmallows at the campfire.

The weather was quite cloudy but still warm and nice for taking a walk. Did you know that lighting a fire isn't the easiest thing to do in a windy weather? Well, let me tell you - IT ISN'T! After some blood, sweat and tears everyone was rewarded with a bellyfull of delicious stuff. For some exchange students it was a totallly new thing to grill marshmallows, they were amazed about this but in a positive way. Altogether everyone had fun and they got to know a new part of Finnish way of life!

Make sure to join us in the next CLUB next semester!!

Text & Photo: Miia

Merged TAMK is the most popular Finnish UAS

TAMK's slogan "the joy of sussing out" attracted most primary applicants per study place of Finnish UAS.
TAMK´s Finnish youth education degree programmes starting in the autumn 2010 had 8450 primary applicants. There were 5.8 primary applicants per study place. Tampere University of Applied Sciences and Pirkanmaa University of Applied Sciences merged at the beginning of 2010. The merged TAMK was the most popular Finnish university of applied sciences in the joint application of the spring.

The Degree Programme in Emergency Care had the most primary applicants with each of its 20 study places being pursued by 26 primary applicants. Fine Art and Physiotherapy had more than 15 primary applicants, Hotel and Restaurant Management 14 primary applicants and Social Services 13 primary applicants per study place.

By number of applicants, TAMK´s most popular degree programmes were: Business Administration, 1266 primary applicants, Social Services, 804 primary applicants, Physiotherapy, 612 primary applicants, Nursing and Health Care, 640 primary applicants, and Emergency Care, 527 primary applicants. In all, TAMK had more than 22 000 applicants to the 1465 free study places in education starting in the autumn.

In TAMK´s campuses outside Tampere, the most popular degree programmes were Tourism in Ikaalinen, Media in Virrat and Nursing and Health Care in Mänttä-Vilppula.
Plenty of applicants also to adult education

In the joint application to adult education, the 292 study places had 1220 primary applicants, that is more than 4 primary applicants per study place. The nursing education in Sastamala had the most primary applicants with 191 applicants to its 20 study places.

By number of applicants, the most popular degree programme was Business Administration with 308 primary applicants to Tampere and Virrat. Mechanical and Production Engineering in Tampere and Sastamala had 178 primary applicants. The 25 study places of Construction Management had 134 primary applicants, and the 30 study places of Service Management 119 primary applicants.

The master´s degree programmes had 360 primary applicants to the 215 study places. Ten master´s degree programmes will begin in TAMK in the autumn.

For the first time, the national joint application to youth education, adult education and master´s degrees in universities of applied sciences took place at the same time. The closing date for joint application to education beginning in the autumn was 16 April.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Image survey: Merger has made TAMK more well-known

TAMK and PIRAMK merged 1.1. this year - first year student unions already 2009
Tampere University of Applied Sciences has become more well-known, according to the image survey carried out by Taloustutkimus (Finnish Market Research Company). TAMK, which merged with PIRAMK at the beginning of 2010, is now the fourth most known university of applied sciences in Finland.

The new, merged university of applied sciences got in the image survey the best overall average of all Finnish universities of applied sciences. 18% of all respondents had noticed that TAMK and PIRAMK had merged. Out of the respondents in the Pirkanmaa region, approximately 70 % had noticed the merger.

TAMK also placed first when comparing the diversity of educational fields, reputation as a place to study and attractiveness of the location. The marks for respect in the labour market and being modern were also high.

”We can be very satisfied with the results, because these are the things that matter when young people are selecting their study place”, tells Communications Manager Leena Stenman and adds that according to the survey, TAMK was the most interesting university of applied sciences in Finland.

TAMK has retained its position as one of the most respected universities of applied sciences in Finland, because it, once again, placed in the top 5 when all image factors were considered. TAMK has now placed in the top 5 more often than any other university of applied sciences.

Taloustutkimus has carried out the image survey for universities of applied sciences since 2002. The target group for the survey is 17 to 29-year-olds. The number of respondents this year was 1540.

Source: Taloustutkimus Oy, Ammattikorkeakoulujen imagotutkimus 2010

Friday, 16 April 2010

TAMK's Battle Royale

 So far we've had the students of IMP (international/interactive media program), TIKO (computer science), VISU (visual design) and VUORSU (interactive media) take action in this massive battle of TAMK's domination.

Yes, I'm talking about the up-coming, free Megazone game night!

I have reserved a 50-minute Megazone session for 26th of April, 2010. The game starts at 6pm sharp, but it is required for everyone to be there no later than 5.45pm! There's space for 27, but only 17 have confirmed their spot. That means we're still looking for 10 more! So... Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk? If yes, just show up to Megazone at 5.30pm, and one of the spots might be yours!

Now why would I care to organize such an event?

Well, it's a lot of fun! What better way to network with the fellow students of other study programs than a friendly game of laser tag? When I asked each one attending the event to give their opinions and thoughts, many responded with a desire to bring back remote childhood memories. Some also thought that students engaging in such activites become more laid back and open, making everyone see them from a completely different perspective. And last but not least, these games encourage teamwork, mutual development and competition all at once.

All-in-all a great activity for a great bunch of students!

See you there! :)

Story: Anna Tikkanen

The author is  Degree Programme in Media student

More stories about IMP activities 

Photos: Megazone

Monday, 12 April 2010

Puhu minulle suomea - Speak Finnish to me

On photo: Minna Säpyskä, Laura Lindeman and Mwilumbwa Kibbassa

Fourth-year environmental engineering student Mwilumbwa Kibbassa received a pink badge with the slogan Puhu minulle suomea (Speak Finnish With Me) on 8 April in connection with launching the Puhu minulle suomea campaign in TAMK. The campaign aims at encouraging international students to speak Finnish.

"The playful Puhu minulle suomea campaign aims at encouraging international students to speak Finnish in everyday situations and giving them the chance to do so. Finnish can be used with all wearing the badge. However, nobody is forced to speak Finnish. Speaking Finnish starts with small steps, such as using the words kiitos (thanks) and terve (hello)," told Project Manager
Minna Säpyskä from the Baltic Institute of Finland and Coordinator Laura Lindeman from the University of Tampere Career Centre.

Lacking Finnish language skills are one of the largest employment barrier among international students in the Tampere Region. Knowing even a little Finnish facilitates employment and integration to the society. The campaign badges are being distributed both to international students and to the participating institutions´ staff.

The University of Tampere, Tampere University of Technology and TAMK participate in the campaign. The campaign is set to run through April and May in the spring and continue in the autumn. A further aim is to extend the campaign to companies in the autumn.

The campaign has been organised by WorkPlace Pirkanmaa project, which aims at bringing international students and employers closer together. The roots of the campaign are in the city of Helsinki. The campaign has spread to the higher education institutions in Tampere through the Puhu minulle suomea event organised by Tampere Adult Education Centre´s immigrant education.

Mwilumbwa Kibbassa already speaks very good Finnish. "I would like to learn more Finnish if I just had enough time," Kibbassa told.

Further information:
Project Manager Minna Säpyskä, the Baltic Institute of Finland, tel. 050
587 0357,
Coordinator Laura Lindeman, Career Centre, University of Tampere, tel. 040
190 4064,

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Invitation to young talents: The 13th annual EUROPRIX Multimedia Awards

The team (Finland) was last year awarded with The Best Business Potential Award, from left to right Antti Ala-Ilkka, Mikko Nurminen, Kimmo Pekari
Honouring Europe's most innovative and creative multimedia projects and the young designers behind them.

Call for Entries is now open!
This year, in addition to honouring Europe's best young talents in 9 categories, the EUROPRIX presents 3 Special Awards!

Feel the credit crunch? Get your "Crisis Discount"!
EUROPRIX is offering a "crisis discount": No registration fee for first time participants!


The Categories

  • Online / Web Projects
  • Offline Projects / Interactive DVD
  •  Mobile Contents & Applications
  • Games
  • Computer Graphics & Design
  • Interactive Installations
  • Online & Digital Video / TV
  • Content Tools & Interface Design
  • Animations
EUROPRIX Special Awards for:
  • Innovative multimedia concept
  • Project with the best business potential
  • Most creative design
Benefits: Nominees will receive a host of benefits, including:
  • An all-expenses-paid trip to the EUROPRIX Multimedia Festival in Graz, Austria (November 11-13, 2010)
  • Presentation of their project in the EUROPRIX publications, distributed all over Europe
  • Great networking and unique promotion opportunities throughout Europe
  • Become part of the powerful EUROPRIX community
  • Cutting-edge software packages
Registration start: April 2010
Submission deadline: July 1, 2010
Submit your project online and learn more:

TAMK and EUROPRIX have been partners since 1999.
You can learn more about EUROPRIX at our School of Art and Media International Week May 3-7 and Tampere Art Factory May 7-9
Read previous EUROPRIX stories on the Artmedia blog

Thursday, 8 April 2010

MA in screenwriting fourth edition application period started

MA in Screenwriting graduation seremony in Manchester 2009: Laura Arpalahti, Kaisa Kuikkaniemi, Pirjo Ojala and Vera Kiiskinen
MA in Screenwriting is a joint masters programme arranged by University of Salford (Manchester, UK) and Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK).

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 2010 until December 2011. Deadline for applications of Finnish students is May 5th 2010.

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

The Electrician is a film developed during MA in Screenwriting
It has been invited to and awarded at numerous film festivals in Europe and Asia
Read all stories about the Electrician (in this blog)
The Electrician website

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

John Laxton, Université Jean Monnet, was here

John Laxton in the roof garden of TAMK School of Art and Media, Finlayson
Last week John Laxton, international coordinator and lecturer in communication from Université Jean Monnet, St Etienne, France, did staff exchange at TAMK.

He gave lectures in intercultural management, to media students at our Finlayson Campus and to business administration students at Kuntokatu Main Campus. John Laxton's schedule also included discussions with TAMK staff members, a sightseeing in Tampere and visits to proAkatemia and Demola.

Université Jean Monnet and TAMK have regular staff and student exchange in the field of Business Administration.

Monday, 5 April 2010

TiTeLAN LANparty @ Demola 9.-11.4.2010

Demola was also venue of Global Game Jam in January
Our own LANparty is here again! This time the party will be held in new premises in Demola, Finlayson and is on the whole weekend!

TiTeLAN is organized by Computer Systems Engineering students twice a year. Usually we have had around 70 visitors but this year since we got new premises the amount may rise close to 100 visitors. The event is absolutely FREE of charge and we welcome all TAMK students as well as our exchange students. Doors will open on Friday around 6pm and the event will be finished on Sunday afternoon.

To find out what is LAN party go to

The games which are usually the most popular in TiTeLAN are:
-BattleField: Bad Company 2
-Heroes of Newerth
-Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
-WarCraft3: TFT
-WarCraft3: DoTA
-Left 4 Dead 1 & 2
-Counter-Strike: Source
-Day of Defeat: Source
-Counter-Strike 1.6

In TiTeLAN we will arrange tournaments in Starcraft (1vs1) and Heroes of Newerth (3vs3). If you are interest on these check the boxes while you choose your place.

More information can be found from or by e-mail

Sign up is open already so hurry up and reserve your place! Go to

TiTeLAN is a LAN party organised by the students of TAMK Computer Systems Engineering Programme.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Arts Council of Finland and AVEK grants for ”Youth as a Refugee” project

Youth from Härmälä group home and Schoool of Art and Media  students in a festival against racism in Tampere 21 March at Kuusela Centre for Seniors
The community art project being made for Europe’s Capital of Culture year 2010 exhibition in Dortmund has received a grant from Arts Council of Finland and R&D grant from AVEK (The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture).

Going by the working title ”Youth as a Refugee”, the project is is being made by artist Pekka Niskanen and the art students Anna Knappe, Timo Piikkilä and Jaana Riistola together with young refugees from Lammi reception centre and Härmälä group and group family homes.

AVEK’s R&D subsidy , Vieteri, is meant for the development of new forms of audiovisual expression and narrative potential.  ”Youth as a Refugee” project has also been supported by the Finnish Labour Museum Werstas and Finnish Refugee Council. During the project the team teaches the young to film and edit videos, in which they get to tell about their life in the reception centres. The finished videos will be gathered into a website that opens in summer 2010.

There will be eight art projects by TAMK Fine Art students at Dortmund’s Inter-cool 3.0 exhibition. You can learn more about Intercool 3.0 exhibition from the blog post "Art students join Damien Hirst in an exhibition".

The Inter-cool 3.0 exhibition opens 17 September in Dortmund, after which it will be also shown in Wien, Leeds and Tampere.

Text: Pekka Niskanen and Anna Knappe

InterCool 3.0