Thursday, 7 October 2010

NBBW in Odense

Hilsner fra Danmark. Jeg kan godt lide. / Greetings from Denmark. I´m having fun here.

Photo (by Suvi Kyyrönen):
This is the way Odense city let us feel welcome to the lovely city. At first evening we saw rainbow and many cyclists. In this picture from front to back seven of our Proacademy students: Katri Hakala, Janita Saarinen, Maria Haapaniemi, Marianne Kankaisto, Vilhelmiina Jalovaara, Heidi Kuivajärvi and Aini Homma.”

The Nordic and Baltic Business Week was arranged in Odense, well-known as a ”City of Cyclists”. Eight students of Proacademy and two adult education students of business studies from TAMK Virrat, Tea Humppi and Salla Ukkonen left exited to meet their colleagues from Norway, Lithuania and Denmark. The idea of the intensive course Business in the Nordic and Baltic Countries is to gather students together, create new ideas and to learn multicultural teamwork. The week is one of the activities of the Nordic and Baltic Business Innovation Network, coordinated by Pirkko Varis. Partner institutions of the network are Tampere University of Applied Sciences, University of Southern Denmark, Tallinn College of Tallinn University of Technology, University of Tromsø and Vytautas Magnus University.

”Many of the team building exercises tested the confidence to the group.”
Photo: Suvi Kyyrönen

This year the task was given by the municipality of Odense. There are as many bicycles as there are inhabitants in Odense city. Our assignment was to develop multi-functional bicycle parking for the pedestrian area. We were divided into smaller groups which were competing against each other. Within three days we innovated, designed models, made calculations and 3D-models, worked hard and had a good time. Finally we had to present our ideas to a jury. The week got a great ending: we had a grill party where the best team was rewarded. In a winning team there were two Proacademians.

”(from left to right) Stellan Hansen, Suvi Kyyrönen and Christian Munk Jensen presented the winning idea “The Bike Wheel” to Connie Juel Clausen, the representative of the city of Odense.
Picture: John Fredy”

What did we learn?

• You get more when you bring differencies together.
• You have to think more about the listener when speaking with foreign language.
• Make a good presentation and practise it.
• In teamwork you have to think about everyone´s skills and weaknesses.
• Be proud of your accomplishments and enjoy your time abroad.

Thank you to the Syddansk Universitet for organisation and your hospitality. See you in NBBW 2011 in Lithuania next autumn!

-This year's participants at NBBW2010 – The eight girls from Proacademy

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