Wednesday, 24 November 2010

TAMK presents at the Diabetes event in Nizhni Novgorod

Leena Minkkinen and students from Bogorodsk medical college

11.11-13.11 2010 TAMK participated in a World Diabetes day event organised in Nizhni Novgorod. The organiser was the Nizhny Novgorod Diabetic League.

The event was organised in The Puppet Theatre in two floors. It was aimed at both experts and patients. In conjunction with the event, patient consultations and discussion opportunities were organised for the experts of the Diabetes forum.

TAMK’s themes at the event were safety as well as the prevention and treatment of diabetes. The visitors were especially interested in the diabetes risk tests, information about foot care, fall prevention and the presentation of TAMK’s ITSE-space.

During the visitation, the discussions also covered developing collaboration and future project opportunities. The collaboration partners included representatives from Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy, Nizhny Novgorod State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering, classic university, Continuing Education Centre for Health Care Specialists, Nizhny Novgorod Diabetic League and the city hospital.

Taking part in Nizhni Novgorod was Annikki Mattila, senior lecturer from the School of Business and Services, who initiated discussions about the collaboration with the department of tourism and service at Nizhny Novgorod State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering. This visitation produced an agreement suggestion for teacher exchange.

TAMK’s representatives
Leena Minkkinen, senior lecturer, School of Health Care
Julia Sergeeva, project worker, R&D
Tarja Heinonen, programme manager, Wellbeing Services and Technology
Annikki Mattila, senior lecturer, School of Business and Services

Text: Julia Sergeeva

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

TAMK and TAPS working together again

Once more, TAMK University of Applied Sciences received students from USA, who will have a brilliant opportunity to "go international" at TAMK. EU-US Atlantis Funding makes this possible - the coordinating university in Europe is Hochschule München in Germany, and our long-time counterpart in the United States is University of Wisconsin. Thís particular group of American students is From Wisconsin (Stevens Point) and North Carolina (Raleigh)

TAPS stands for "Trans Atlantic Paper Science". and the group aims at getting to know how paper science and technology is studied in other countries, and as a more general goal to have a chance to discover Europe, Finland in particular. They will submerge themselves in paper manufacturing, printing, coding, inking and so forth.

At this midway point, I sat down to talk to them a bit and was quite surprised that they are able to form some Finnish sentences already! In their opinion, even though Finnish society and life may be different from that in the US, they’re really enjoying their stay in Finland! For their last month, the group has planned travels to nearby Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Tallinn and all over Finland - the full-on experience!

Text & photo:
Felipe Ludena Vaquerizo (trainee at intl. services)

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Connection Lost among top 3 in Prix Europa

Outi Hartikainen directs Raimo Grönberg while cameraman Hannu
Koivuranta checks the composition (Photo: Eero Alava)
Languages Through Lenses 2010 -competition is over.

Languages Through Lenses is one of Prix Europa's film competitions. Last spring the international jury chose 15 best scripts among 100 competitors from over 18 EU countries. The chosen fifteen got a 5,000€ grant each to produce a short film from the script. The underlying theme of the competition scripts was to motivate people to learn languages and get people interested in learning more about other cultures.

"Connection Lost", a script by TAMK's very own Hannu Koivuranta and Outi Hartikainen, was among the chosen and was filmed last summer.

After all the 15 films were finished, three of them were chosen as finalists. In addition to "Connection Lost", the top three consisted of "The Forest of Babel" by Aalto university and "Langbeat" by Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design.

The 1st place went to The "Forest of Babel". Getting to final three from among 100 film schools is still a huge achievement, so the blog would like to join in congratulations for the production team.

Watch "Connection Lost"
Read blog posts about the earlier phases of the competition
Prix Europa

Friday, 5 November 2010

Tere tulemast! Welcome!

Ms Luule Lipp and Ms. Eda Veeroja, two teachers from Vöru County Vocational Training Center in Estonia, lectured TAMK tourism students on sustainable heritage tourism product development and quality management among other topics. The lectures given were a part of our Nature Tourism course.

The way these experts like giving lectures and presentations is easy but very effective - by making them take an active role and speak up! They also had a chance to go on a mini-tour in Tampere city, where they visited the Pyynikki observation tower and Pispala (an old part of town, famous for artist residents), did some shopping and grabbed something to eat on the go in café Europa and in the Viking restaurant Harald.

In their opinion traditions and culture as well as cultural heritage should be passed to the next generation and so forth no matter how fast life is changing. Smoke sauna, good traditional cuisine, and the importance of continuing the traditions and language are “top priority” for the Estonian teachers. As well as Võrumaa, Tampere Region as a rural and traditional place has a lot to offer to the visitor besides technology, fashion, industrial heritage, services and avantgarde education.

It’s possible to step into the forest in less than ten minutes from the center of Tampere. Both universities are willing to continue their mutual cooperation and facilitate students and teachers mobility between TAMK and Vöru County Vocational Training Center.

Pics and text by Felipe Ludena Vaquerizo, trainee.

TAMK roadshowing in the Czech Republic

TAMK participated in the Gaudeamus international student education fair in Brno, Czech Republic on 2-5 November. TAMK shared its stand, namely "Study in Inland Finland", with Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences (JAMK). The two universities of applied sciences in Central Finland were represented at the fair by Riikka Vanhanen and Sanna Tyrväinen from JAMK and Riku-Matti Kinnunen from TAMK. This was the fourth time TAMK attended an international student recruitment event this autumn, the previous time having been in Shanghai in October.

The densely populated Central Eastern Europe offers a great potential for student recruitment to Finnish higher education institutions. The Czech and Slovak fair visitors do not know much about Finland yet, so the attandance at the student fair and distrubution of information were much anticipated. According to the preliminary estimations, the number of visitors to the Gaudeamus Fair in Brno this time exceeded 35.000 visitors which makes it one of the biggest events in student recruitment in Europe.

The five bachelor’s programmes conducted in English at TAMK caught the eye of the fair goers, and many were happily surprised to learn that TAMK would organise the entrance exams for the Degree Programmes in International Business, Environmental Engineering and Tourism in Brno, too. Those who fill in the electronic application form by 15 February 2011 will be invited to the entrance exams that will be held in Tampere in late April and early May depending on the degree programme, and in a number of locations outside Finland in mid-April 2011. Further information can be had at

Story by Riku-Matti Kinnunen
Picture by Robert Zich

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Free Wall - Performance at TAMK & Tampere Friday

Who owns the space in our city?

We will own it on Friday 5.11.2010 when 27 students will be walking around Tampere centre wearing bullet boards.

Come and write your message, glue you stickers, tag your posters or just to leave you own print.

We are the first year fine art students of TAMK and we want to emphasise a question: Where is the street forum, which lives and develops in an interactive relationship with us, the citizens?

Until now, only temporary plywood of construction sites have granted free space for street artists, poets and event planners, and in time all these walls were torn down. We want something long lasting!

12:00 TAMK Finlayson Campus entrance and cafe
12:30 TAMK (Tampere University of Applied Sciences) Main Campus
13:00 University of Tampere
14:00 Railway station
16:00 Central Market Square Keskustori

You can also see us walking around the city!

We are offering you a chance to make this point heard, so you are warmly welcome. Not just you, but also your friends and their friends, so spread the word!

The performance on Facebook