Wednesday, 29 September 2010

IP PROMECON - Project Management

Greetings from Greece! We spent two weeks in Larissa and there’s a lot of memories to bring back home.

But let’s start from the basics. Larissa is the capital of Thessaloniki area, with about 200 000 citizens. Nature is beautiful and culture is very Greek. T.E.I. of Larissa (Technological Education Institute of Larissa) had offered us this intensive program of project management (PROMECON 2010) in the middle of Greece. Pandelis Ipsilandis and Vassiliki Kapralou coordinated the IP with the assistance of Thomas Poulious and Greek students. These two weeks have included two workshops, interesting lectures by multinational lecturers, some excursions and of course many new friends from countries all around Europe.

First week started with group work, to make us to know each other and our different ways of working styles. Danish professors gave us punch of ”pipe cleaners” and we were supposed to make a tower. There were some main evaluation criteria: height, idea and design. Below you can see the tower of the winning team.

Julian Schwetz (DE/AT) Georgia Kalampoki (GR) Pia Dag (FIN) Mariela Gotova (BL) Yakim Kastelov (BL) Tzvetelina Martinova (BL)

Students and staff members of 8 universities from Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece and UK representing business, engineering and project management disciplines participated the IP. From Tampere University of Applied Sciences students Pia Dag (TAMK Virrat), Annika Kosonen & Erno Syvälahti (ProAcademy) and staff member Ms Pirkko Varis joined the IP.

The engineering aspect of project management was a new approach to us Finnish business students. The objective of the first week’s workshop was to make plans to develop Lake Plastira area. It’s an area in the mountains, with small villages, small enterprises such as a winery, a knitwear factory and Botanical Garden producing honey, tea, and medical plants. Before the workshop we visited some companies and talked about problems they are facing now. General Director Vasilis Bellis from the Development Agency of Karditsa gave us information, too. The results were presented during the IP. Presentations and the programme of the IP you can see at

Lake Plastira area

The second workshop was how to control the supply chain of a bike factory, and how to optimize it’s production. That was totally new to us, but we managed it and we can be proud of ourselves for working harmonically side-by-side with the engineering students 

We would like to say a big thank you to our Greek hosts and all our new friends from other EU countries. We are having a great time, and Greece is a beautiful country

Text & Photos: Pia (TAMK Virrat), Annika (Pro Academy), Erno (Pro Academy)

Sunday, 26 September 2010

TAMK on a roadshow in St Petersburg

The Day for Europe was celebrated in Saint Petersburg, Russia on Saturday 25 September when all those interested in the European Union had the chance to visit the embassies and consulates of the EU member states to get more information of the countries and their current status in the Union. The Day for Europe also opened the doors of the Consulate General of Finland in Saint Petersburg where the Finnish higher education institutions were presented to the potential applicants and their families. The event was most successfully coordinated by CIMO.

As the doors opened to the Consulate General at noon, the event hall was quickly full of locals busy finding their future place of study. TAMK introduced its degree programmes conducted in English at the event, and was met with lots of enthusiasm and a flood of questions from the young Russians. Riku-Matti Kinnunen represented TAMK at the stand, and also gave two presentations in the event: One of the Finnish universities of applied sciences in general, and another one of TAMK. Both presentations drew the lecture room full of interested listeners.

The five degree programmes taught in English that will start at TAMK in the autumn semester 2011 offer studies in media, international business, nursing, tourism and environmental engineering. More information can be had at The application period for the degree programmes in English run from 3 January till 15 February 2011. The on-line application can be filled in during that period of time at

Story: Riku-Matti Kinnunen
Pictures: Marjo Arola and Riku-Matti Kinnunen

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Martta Tuomaala and Essi Laurila received the RUHR.2010 Young Europe Award

The Fine Arts students Martta Tuomaala and Essi Laurila were awarded at the SEE YOU festival in Dortmund 16-19 September for their project "Speech Bubbles@city". The project was awarded the international RUHR.2010 Young Europe Award. The SEE YOU festival, which showcases children's and youth culture, is part of the 2010 European culture capital events around the Ruhr area, and it gathered hundreds of projects from all over Europe, all of which were aimed at youth.

"Speech Bubbles@city" was developed in the Fine Arts programme for over a year, and the first version was on display in the "Promoting Changes" exhibition in Werstas, Tampere. The project called for young people to realize cartoons about subjects that the young couldn't or didn't dare to do. The cartoons were presented on the brick wall in the Plevna area in May-June 2010.

In their review, the SEE YOU festival jury paid particular attention to the public presentation of the project and how the implementation happened on terms of the young. At the invitation of the festival, Martta Tuomaala also organized a cartoon workshop where young Czech music and theatre students participated.

"Speech Bubbles@city" was one of the rare projects at the festival, in which the young were approached on their own ground. Czech youth focused in their comics to tell about their happy future, whereas the youth from Tampere had done their comics about the need for freedom of speech and the problems in the community and society.

Photo: Pictured the Czech youth who participated n the Speech Bubbles@city workshop. From left to right  Zdena Horackova, Petra Novakova, Daniela Drozenova, Monika Nemeckova, Edita Valaskova, Jan Holinsky and Martin Kriz.

Picture: Martta Tuomaala

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Spanish guests at TAMK

Yesterday we had two visitors from the University of Vic: On the right is Mercè Prat (Head of the International Relations Unit) and on the left Pere Morera (International Academic Coordinator of the Faculty of Business and Communication Studies).

During their stay in Tampere they first visited Finlayson campus in the city centre and had a meeting with Cai Melakoski - the international coordinator and the head of the degree programme in media. They also had a chance to chat with their student here at TAMK on exchange.

Merce and Pere also came to see the international services staff at the main campus, which we appreciated. We hope to see them in Tampere again soon!

Text: Johanna Niemi
Photo: Annika Haanpää

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Postcard from Paris

Regards from Paris, the city of love, fashion and history. Those themes, however, are not the reason why I am here, instead water, sanitation and safe food production are. I was honoured to be invited to participate 1st Ameli-Eaur International symposium on sustainable water and sanitation system and 7th International symposium on sustainable water and sanitation system on September 21st and 22nd 2010.

In spite of two titles the question is about one single event. It is organised by colleagues from Japan, France and Burkina Faso. The group of participants is not big, only about 40, but since all are sustainable saniation "believers" we are able to go straight to the point - that is actions and practices to promote sustainable sanitation and safe food production. Looking forward sharing my experiences and knowledge at TAMK after my return.

Dr. Eeva-Liisa Viskari
Senior Lecturer
Head of the Degree Programme of Environmental Engineering

Nature, nature, nature (Greetings from Berlin)

Parasites, 2010, silk flowers, approx. 3 x 2 x 4 m
Skulpturenpark Berlin Centrum is a part-time sculpture park in the very heart of Berlin, on the ancient border of the eastern and western parts of the city. The park consists of two separate lots, one big savannah-like wild park, while the other has piles of old bricks and sand among the grass and trees. Between art exhibitions, the sites wait for a new owner offering the locals a nice place to walk their dogs.

I was invited to participate in a group exhibition in Skulpturenpark Berlin Centrum in June 2010 by Katharina Hohmann, head of the Sculpture department at HEAD - Geneva University of Art and Design where I took part in an exchange program in fall 2009. In Berlin we worked together with a group of students from the Universität der Künste Berlin. The idea behind the exhibition was trying to find new points of view in the relationship between men and urban nature.

We Finns have this sacred relationship with nature. Although our lives no longer follow the rhythm of the day, nor very much even that of the seasons, it wasn't until about 60 years ago that we really abandoned the countryside and moved to the cities. And still, every summer, everyone who has the opportunity will head to the woods for a few months and live a quiet life in a modest house nearby a lake. I guess this is a way to remember the close relationship we used to have with nature.

So now that we spend most of our time in cities, parks are appreciated and we want them to be taken care of. Considering the longing we have for the countryside and forests, I don't see why urban nature could not have a bit more in common with the nature we so badly miss. Instead of wild flowers, we have planted bright arrangements of decorative flowerpots, often meant to guide pedestrians or to separate car lanes from each other. Trees stand in their small holes on the neatly cut grass. Everything is bright, colorful and extremely controlled.

According to me, time is the key element missing in urban nature. In a city, you can't really observe time passing by. Plants have limited areas to grow in, and they're kept neatly inside them. You will see no battle between the species. Nothing takes place unless the city's park department decides so, and nothing really changes gradually. In spring time, flowers appear from nowhere, and when they die, they're replaced. What would happen if we controlled the nature in our surroundings just a bit less ?

One funny story about our twisted relationship with nature is when I decided to help some neighbors to clean the inner yard of our building and prepare the garden for the summer. I asked about the fruits that one of our blooming trees would bear. "Decorative apples" the neighbor said. When I asked why they did not plant real apples, she said the organization had made this decision to prevent people from fighting over the apples. "Ok." This is when I figured something really weird happened to the way we understand nature and its resources.

It's fun to imagine, what a city would look like in, let's say, 10 years, if the nature that finds its way there was considered sacred and every seed that starts to grow would be left in peace. Alright, this might not be a perfect situation either, but I think the least we could do, is to declare all the unsold lots to be natural reserves. Then we, and generations to come, could observe how vegetation and animals would take over it. Sure, it would take time. But it would be a fun reminder of the real rhythm of nature, and the fact that it does not, in reality, care about our expectations, aestethical preferences or our desire for quick results. Possibly we would, in the process, come up with new ways of co-existing.

Story and picture: Maija Kovari

Maija Kovari
Universität der Künste, Berlin
Haute Ecole d'Art et de Design, Genève

Monday, 20 September 2010

Greetings from France! - Un petit bonjour de France!

Photo: The conference center - La Cité Internationale des Congrès Nantes-Métropole

Last week our delegation from TAMK, Ms Kirsi Tolvanen, Ms Johanna Niemi and Ms Kristiina Alaruusi, attended the EAIE (European Association for International Education) Conference which took place in Nantes in 14-19 September. Now it is Monday and we have returned to our office in Tampere again – with a lot of new ideas and information!
During the week in Nantes the three of us had meetings with several of our exchange partner institutions from Europe, North America and Asia. We also attended many inspiring conference sessions and promoted TAMK at the Finnish national stand of CIMO (Centre for International Mobility).
On Tuesday 14 September we had a site visit to Angers where we visited one of our partner universities, ESAIP. The hosts also introduced us to the culture and the beautiful architecture of the city of Angers.

Photo: Staff of the international office of ESAIP together with TAMK delegation

Nantes is also a beautiful city of approximately the same size as Tampere. We found the atmosphere both modern and historical. All the people we met were friendly and many of them seemed to be interested in Finland. Some were also well acquainted with the history of Finland - which delighted us, of course.

Photo: The Castle of the Dukes of Brittany where the opening reception of the conference took place

We would like to thank all our colleagues from the partner institutions for the fruitful meetings during the conference week and ESAIP for hosting us in Angers!

Text: Kirsi Tolvanen, Johanna Niemi and Kristiina Alaruusi
Photos: Johanna Niemi

Saturday, 18 September 2010

TAMK graduate film at Helsinki International Film Festival

23rd Helsinki International Film Festival (Love & Anarchy)
September 16-26

Memory of Tomorrow it the "Finnish Pearls" screening:
Sat 18.09. 12:15 - Kinopalatsi 10
Wed 22.09. 16:15 - Dubrovnik (Andorra)
Thu 23.09. 21:15 - Dubrovnik (Andorra)

Memory of Tomorrow, directed by Pekka Saari is one of our graduate films this year. It's the story about Aleksi (Heikki Nousiainen) loves two things, his wife Saila and his camera. After Saila suddenly dies, Aleksi seeks comfort from a medical experiment that extends his life beyond normal boundaries.

SThe film was invited to the national contest of Tampere Film Festival and also shown at ja Tampere Art Factoryssä, Wiz Art Festival in Ukraine, Finnconissa, Ropecon and Reikäreuna. End of September Memory of Tomorrow competes in Ostrava Kamera Oko Festival (Czech Republic)) Official Selection-category.

Helsinki International Film Festival (HIFF)
Memory of Tomorrow
Previous story about Memory of Tomorrow

Friday, 17 September 2010

TAMK visits ESITC-Cachan

TAMK has an Erasmus agreement with l’Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs des Travaux de Construction de Cachan which is located in the suburbian area of Cachan to the south of Paris, France. The agreement enables the mobility of students for studying, teaching, and attending research, development and innovation activities. TAMK also offers one practical training position for one student of ESITC-Cachan per year. TAMK and ESITC-Cachan have been cooperating for many years in the field of construction and civil engineering with good results.

Riku-Matti Kinnunen, International Coordinator for the Schools of Engineering of TAMK, visited ESITC-Cachan on 16 September to meet colleagues and students of the Parisian partner university. Four groups of students, in two separate sessions, attended the presentation of TAMK and discussed the study exchange possibilities in Tampere. Mrs Pauline Torkomyan, Lecturer in English and International Coordinator, hosted the visit.

There was a lot of interest towards study exchange in Tampere, and many students stayed on to ask further questions about studying at TAMK. Once again it was proved that face-to-face contact with partner universities’ students and staff is the best way to foster mobility between the institutions.

Story and pictures by Riku-Matti Kinnunen
Pictures: Pauline Torkomyan with ESITC students listening to a presentation of TAMK

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Motorsport for All project in Ahvenisto

Tampere University of Applied Sciences organised a presentation and test drive event at Ahvenisto Race Circuit in Hämeenlinna on Sunday 12 September 2010. A number of disabled adolescents had the chance to test what it is like to drive a real racing car. Our car was equipped with hand controls in cooperation with Respecta Oy, but otherwise it was largely an ordinary V1600 racing car. The first test driver was Jukka Hautala (video recorded inside the car). The enthusiasm was evident, and Jukka Hautala, who sat next to the adolescent drivers, at times had to quite forcefully remind them that there is a brake handle in the car.

The successful day further strengthened our view on the importance of the Motorsport for All concept. We also received valuable feedback for development of the car and operations models as well as quantitative information on the physical effects of driving.

The key objective of the Motorsport for All project is to create new operations models and technologies by means of which disabled adolescents can engage in motor sport. This demonstrates that participation in diverse activities and even hobbies full of action is possible despite the disability. Adolescents are also activated to seize other new opportunities, such as education, which makes return to working life easier.

Development of new rehabilitation methods forms a part of the Motorsport for All entity. The field is covered by the Experience Based Rehabilitation project, which focuses on the effects of experiences and extreme activities (motor sport) and their utilisation in service development. The target group is the physically disabled.

Watch video from the event.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

TAMK increases transparency in internationalisation

TAMK participates with 13 other European institutions of higher education and organisations in the IMPI (Indicators for Mapping and Profiling Internationalisation) project. IMPI aims at achieving a sufficient level of accountability in internationalisation for higher education institutions (HEIs) in Europe, while also providing guidelines for implementing relevant quality assurance measures.

The background for IMPI lies in the Lisbon goals on competences and the EQF (European Quality Framework) requirements which are not to be achieved in the internationalisation segment without the implementation of a coherent set of key indicators which defines what a good level of internationalisation is. This set has to be co-developed by higher education institutions rather than external bodies to ensure both relevance and acceptance in the community. The IMPI project will thus increase transparency and at the same time help the HEIs to develop individual profiles of internationalisation. This allows for solving the problem of interest groups such as prospective students, scientists or grant awarding institutions to make a sound decision based on quantifiable facts and figures, whether for choosing a study place or for the allocation of resources. Furthermore, it is not enough to show which HEIs are well-performing, but the goal is to increase the overall performance of European HEIs in internationalisation by providing adequate means for self-improvement.

The overall aim is to provide tools and indicator sets which allow HEIs to pursue their own idea of internationalisation without a “one size fits all” approach, but setting a framework within which they have to act in order to be considered “international”. In various aspects, the project emphasizes the idea of “achieving accountability and transparency of internationalisation and fostering diversity of strategies”.

The first meeting for all partners was held at the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany in April 2010.  International Coordinator Riku-Matti Kinnunen represented TAMK at the second IMPI meeting in Nantes, France on 14 September 2010. At the Nantes meeting, TAMK was working on the given assignments together with Kazimierz Bilanow, Coordinator International Events, Perspektywy Education Foundation, Poland; Laura Rumbley, Deputy Director, ACA, Belgium; Adinda van Gaalen, Policy Officer, NUFFIC, The Netherlands; Nina Volz, Policy Officer, CampusFrance, France; and Anu Johannes, International Coordinator, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia.

Story: Riku-Matti Kinnunen
Picture: Nina Volz

Pictured from left to right, Kazimierz Bilanow, Riku-Matti Kinnunen, Laura Rumbley, Adinda van Gaalen and Anu Johannes.

Monday, 13 September 2010

A successful season for Tampere UAS Motorsport

Tampere UAS Motorsport participated in three races during the season: In Hockenheim, Germany 4.-8.8, in Melk, Austria 11.-14.8 and in Baltic Open, Tallinn 26.-28.8.

The racing season begun on the Hockenheim track with the new FS010 car developed at TAMK car lab. Due to the lack of testing, the first race proved to be difficult and as the A-arm of the car broke down, the team had to discontinue the race. This cost them the place amongst the top teams, but the team did better than expected in the very high quality company. The best placement in Germany was being in the Top10 of BMW Group’s Most Innovative Powertrain competition.

In the next race in Austria, the adjustments started to be in place and the team did a new record in the acceleration race, 4,17/75m. The chances for a good placement were, however, cut short as the team had to discontinue mid-through endurance when the motor overheated in the very warm conditions.

The team had two cars for the Baltic Open, FS008 and FS010. This time FS008 did better, because the technology of FS010 did not function as planned and the driver could only use one gear of the car.

Despite the technical troubles, the new car proved quite fit for competitions and also gave lots of experience and ideas for the next season.

After a successful season, the team would like to thank all the supporters and school staff for help and understanding. The team hopes the attitudes will continue to be as supportive as before.

For more information:

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Game Design Summer School report

Click cartoon to enlarge
The Engage Newsletter published a report on the successful international game design summer school hosted by Demola and our Degree Programme in Media last week:

The ENGAGE Game Design Summer School for Students and Young Designers was successfully held at the Demola Centre for Innovation in Tampere, Finland. Sixteen enthusiastic game designers worked hard, sometimes long hours, to complete professional concept documents for games designed for learning.

Professor Dr Maja and Paul Pivec from FH Joanneum, accompanied by Euan Mackenzie from 3MRT, lectured on topics ranging from Target Audience Analysis to Project Planning and Budget estimation.

Four Industry experts provided question and answers via video conferences from all parts of the globe. Roni Linser from Fablusi spoke from Israel on Simulations versus Roleplay games, Lucia Pannese of Imaginary in Italy discussed didactic issues and learning outcomes, Lewis Johnson of Alelo in California spoke about target audience design and cultural aspects, and Jurriaan van Rijswijk of Games Factory Online connected from Suriname to provide the students with valuable insights into the business aspects of game development.

The school was hosted by Cai Melakoski at the Demola centre with extra curricula activities being provided by the Applied Sciences University of Tampere and the SCORE Game Development club.

The reviews and feedback from the students were extremely positive. One student stated after the class “I just wanted to thank ENGAGE for organizing such a great and interesting week for us. I only wish our own teachers would be as good as you guys in holding classes!” The student work will be assessed within the coming weeks and designs will be eligible for the upcoming Golden Pineapple Awards. Further information can be found on the ENGAGE Portal.

Read the Newsletter

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Tursajaiset (2)

“Tursajaiset is a legendary whole day event for new students in TAMK.”

Sounds interesting, sounds crazy, sounds like something we definitely have to attend!
Gathering at Keskustori, going by bus to the secret location and then… let the party with games begin. We divided our class into two groups and started without any delay the run for the points.

I have to admit that there couldn't have been a better start then with the game, where we had to put the head on a stick, spin around a few times and then run determined to a stick a few meters away. Sounds actually like an easy task, but who thought that we might fall on our asses already when spinning on the stick and running a straight line is also not the easiest if you are dizzy. Some even decided to take a little detour, which ended outside of the field where the stumbled upon their own legs – but all found their way back to the starting point.

Next stop – the role play. We had to combine a role play about a certain topic, which needed to have a touch of our field of studies and which was supported by random utensils provided. Short time of thinking, coordination, going ‘on stage’… and improvising! But we succeeded superbly, cause we are the creative brains.

I think I can say, that we all enjoyed the time we spent together, but unfortunately not all of us had the same fighting spirit. After some games successfully complete within the two teams, we decided to combine those two, cause people kept on disappearing. but this one team was fighting bravely till the end. We were playing word games in Finnish, though not all of us speak Finnish, rebuilding the Arc de Triomphe out of us eight people left, explaining an alcoholic drink with pantomime and much more.

We succeeded, we accomplished the tournament (as far as we could), we had loads of fun and even if we might not have achieved the highest score at the games, we definitely are the winners. We had a lot of fun, we got to know each other better and we have a lot of memories which still make us laugh!! :DWe'll done IMP's!!

Story: Sabrina Seidl
Photo: Kristina Põldots

Read more about the IMP students
Degree Programme in Media (International Media Programme, IMP)

Friday, 10 September 2010

Study hard, party hard? Tursajaiset (1)

Our spokesperson Tuomas Lecklin went as far as possible to get points
Our student life really kicked off this week. On Tuesday we had Naamat, TTVO’s own get-together party at Jack The Rooster, and on Wednesday the new students were introduced to the academic student life with Tursajaiset, an initiation rite including an oath, task points, costumes and much more.

On Wednesday morning those of us who had more or less survived Naamat came to school to get feedback on their photoshop task, manipulation. At 1pm we gathered in Keskustori where we along with other new TAMK students took our tursas oath. After the oath designated buses transported us to a mysterious tursas location.

We were taken to Pyynikki and Rosendahl beach. There were 14 different task points in which we collected points for our teams by doing all kinds of interesting things such as performances and bribing. Unfortunately our IMP class had to be divided into two smaller teams which led to fierce competition and active war spirit.

After several task points few of the team members had given up so we decided to unite our powers and show the other students what the media people are made of. At the end our team had succeeded through 13 task points (the last one had closed before the team got there).

After surviving all the challenges Tursajaiset had to offer us we gathered together, hung out and got to know and like each other even more.

The day was long, different and challenging to say the least, and only few of those who attended Tursajaiset survived to school on Thursday morning. They were respectfully strong and energetic through the whole day and night so hopefully they will be back on track with the official study schedule after recovering from the experience.

Story and photo: Tiia Tuovinen

Read more about the IMP students
Degree Programme in Media (International Media Programme, IMP)
TTVO= TAMK degree programmes in the field of culture at Finlayson campus

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Pavel is setting new trends at TAMK

Pavel Mracek (in the middle) meets the TAMK colleagues Annikki Mattila and Janne Hopeela
Pavel Mracek, Lecturer of Marketing at Brno University of Technology, the Czech Republic, is visiting TAMK for the second time this calendar year, and is enjoying his stay in Tampere with colleagues from the same university.

Mr Mracek’s work assignments at TAMK include work shadowing at the School of Business and Services, in which his main interests lie in the teaching of marketing in the degree programmes of tourism and international business, studying of procedures in organizing education in the relevant fields of study, and collecting information about organization and realization of marketing education. Mr Mracek is writing his doctoral thesis about new trends in marketing, and his aim is to complete the research and defend his PhD thesis in 2011.

Mr Mracek is visiting Tampere together with a colleague of his, Robert Zich, from the same university. The visitors from the Czech Republic finish off their stay in Finland over lunch at Paakari Restaurant in Kangasala by talking to TAMK colleagues, Annikki Mattila from the Degree Programme of Tourism, and Janne Hopeela from the Degree Programme in International Business.

Story: Riku-Matti Kinnunen

Read the story about Robert Zich

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Postcard from EUROPRIX Jury, Salzburg

Since Thursday I've been working with experts from all over Europe to identify the best of the 300 projects registered for the EUROPRIX Multimedia Awards. The participants are students and young professionals under 30, and they are competing in nine categories and for three special prizes.
The work has been intense and inspiring. Last night I came to my room at 2 - not from a night club but from the jury plenary. The jury has been very professional, debates have been heavy, the view points many, but the arguments always well grounded and all the jurors have learned a lot. I believe we voted almost one hundred times yesterday, but everybody seems to be happy with the decisions.

Today we make the final decisions and travel back home. Most of us will meet next time at the EUROPRIX Multimedia Festival in Graz November 11-14. All the 20+ nominee teams will be there, and the winners will be celebrated in the Gala.

This year I will travel to Graz with 20 of my international media programme students. I'm sure they will learn a lot and get loads of inspiration.

I also had the chance to discuss with my colleagues. Some of them will participate in MindTrek in October and our International Week in April, giving again our students a chance to learn and network internationally. Also talks about two European projects were successful.

Happy regards from Salzburg

Cai Melakoski
TAMK Degree Programme in Media

Photo: Every morning some jurors walked with me from our hotel to ICNM, the headquarters of EUROPRIX. Pictured here with the alps in the backgound Korash Sandijeh (UK), Dan Livingstone (UK), Gabriella Taddeo (Italy) and Nir Yuz (Israel).

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Welcome international exchange students!

The autumn semester has started in TAMK and all the exchange students have finally arrived. At the moment TAMK has approximately 150 exchange students from 27 countries. This autumn most of the exchange students come from Germany, Spain, Netherlands or UK, but TAMK has students for example from Mozambik, Japan and South Africa as well. The exchange students study in different programmes, the bulk of them in international business.

Welcome to TAMK!

Text&photo: Annika Haanpää, Trainee in International Services

Miyagi University study visit to TAMK

Six students from Miyagi University (Japan) visited TAMK. The students spent 1,5 weeks in Tampere living in host families, consisting mostly of TAMK students and staff. The visit was planned in collaboration with TAMK International Services and TAMK Research and Development (R&D) and entailed a customised programme for the group. While the region is still presenting its best end of summer scenery, the group visited Virrat and Ikaalinen (photo) campuses in addition to the main Campus in Tampere. The group presented their independent project work to the R&D staff today and tomorrow will be the last day - goodbyes and regards!

The main goal of the visit for most of the students was to get to know the Finnish culture and learn the Finnish language. One of them just wanted to see the Santa Claus (he was unfortunately 'otherwise engaged'). The students studied some Finnish in their home University before coming to Finland and are already quite good at it...
“Sinulla on ihanat silmät” they told me on their first day here. Nice!

Text & Photo: Annika Haanpää, Trainee in International Services

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Part 1: Pirkkala photography exhibition by Douglas Symon is now open!

Photographs that move
Photography Exhibition by Douglas Symon
Part 1: Pirkkala
30th August - 11th September
Metso Library, Pirkankatu 2 Tampere

Opening times:
Mon - Fri 10am - 8pm
Sat 10am - 4pm

The art of making pictures with light is on show at the Tampere Main Library Metso for the next two weeks.  Having just started the Degree Programme in Media at TAMK my project Photographs that move can be seen between today, Monday 30th August, and Saturday 11th September.  The exhibition focuses on work from 2009 documenting my current home town Pirkkala.

One of the most striking aspects is the 7.5 metre panorama on display, something you probably won’t stumble upon every day of the week.  As well as other points to see the technique used is not one typically suitable for documentary photography and as a result may cross a line into art.  I have combined between 2 and 5 bracketed exposures into each image.  In the case of the panorama even more.  Hopefully you can get along to see the prints and find it interesting.  Let me know what you think!!

Story and photos: Douglas Symon

More information about the project
A book of the work is available here or directly from Douglas Symon