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

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