Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Erasmus IP Program of Forestry - Bazas, France

TAMK just took part in an Erasmus Intensive Programme of forestry in Bazas, France. Six fourth-year students of forestry and one teacher joined a group of French, Spanish and Romanian partcipants getting to know the local forestry and especially the local storms and effects of storms in forestry.

Photo: Lecturer Manne Viljamaa and students of Erasmus IP project observing french forest

The programme was organized in a local school of agriculture and forestry in the town of Bazas in south-western France, 60 kilometers from Bordeaux. The hospitable hosts and the surrounding massive forest area of Landes gave an excellent setting to explore the case! The first week of the programme was spent mostly in lectures and field trips lead by local professionals. To ease the understanding the lectures were translated in two languages, english and french.

On the second week the participants were divided in six groups with a specialized task for each group. On the weekend the participants were able to visit the beautiful city of Bordeaux and also the Atlantic dynes nearby.

Thanks again to our hosts - next year in April 2011 we will meet in Rovaniemi!

The participants of TAMK:
Manne Viljamaa
Anne Haukkovaara
Markku Laine
Jonna Ritala
Anne Pöyhönen
Sonja Nurmi
Tuomas Kähö

Text: Tuomas Kähö

Happy Festive Season

TAMK students and lecturers have holidays until January 3rd, when our spring semester starts.

January 3rd is also the kick off date of the application period of our international Bachelor's programmes.

All details about application

The blog wishes everybody happy holidays. See you next year!

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Tutors tutors tutors!

As every year, TAMK again organises training for students who want to become tutors for international students. Riika Poikela, a present tutor and Student Union TAMKO's board member, advised the tutors-to-be on how to take care of new students and how to help them.

Mr. Brown Onduso, a guest lecturer, talked a bit about culture shock and how it affects people who travel abroad, in this case, how exchange students experience it. Mr. Onduso has himself a lot to tell about experiences in Finland and the stages he went through when he arrived in Finland. Also Kirsi Tolvanen, Head of International Services, and Mirja Onduso, International Coordinator responsible for incoming exchange students were in the meeting.

The tutor training is an absolute "must" for those who want to take the plunge and become tutors. Before helping anyone, the new tutors need to be trained on how to deal with any problem or issue that exchange students might experience. There is no problem too small or too big - students are the best group to help students!

In addition to information on how TAMK and Tampere works, tutors are able to provide the new students with many good tips and - of course - friendship and understanding. Since life abroad can be a tough one for those who haven’t ever been abroad, a tutor is an important person exchange students can turn to.

TAMKO provides a lot of support services, including pick-up services for new arrivals, "survival kits" with linen, kitchenware, towels, and so forth. These have received high praise from all the students, who have benefitted.

Want to become a tutor? Want to get a tutor? Contact TAMKO.

Text: Felipe Ludeña Vaquerizo

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Innovative technology solutions interested audience in the opening seminar of TAMK’s new learning environment

In the roof visitors got to see the wind and solar energy systems.

TAMK’s new learning environment is ready for action. Opening seminar was held on 10th December in the main campus. Environmental friendly and unique learning environment combines energy- and environmental technology targeting to create more sustainable environment and future. Learning environment includes geothermal heat system, two different kinds of wind power systems to generate electricity, two solar collectors for heat and electric production and monitoring systems for these all. There is also Finland’s first public indoor dry toilets and water saving toilets as well as grey water purification included to the learning environment.

The aim of the learning environment is to serve students from diversified technical study programs and to provide professionals of new energy- and waste water technologies for companies and municipalities. This is now the genuine moment to study right at own school premises not only in theory, but also in practice by monitoring, trying and maintaining the different energy and environmental technology systems.

'Opi enempi' project is funded by European Regional Development Fund.

After the seminar lectures, the audience was taken into the learning environment to know more about the installed energy systems and ecological toilet solutions. In the picture, group getting to know the greenhouse.

For more information see projects webpages or contact aino-maija.kyykoski[at]tamk.fi

Tampere - the Focal Point of Northern Europe

Where is Tampere? At the edge of the tundra? Why should one bother to move to Tampere to study or to do business?

Tampere is actually the central spot of Northern Europe. If you draw a circle with a radius of 1000 km, including the Baltic sea, Scandinavia, Finland, and northern Russia, your circle will hit the Russian capital Moscow, the Polish capital Warsaw, Rostock in Germany and Hammerfest in northern Norway. And there it is, the centre of this circle, Tampere in Finland.

This 1000 km circle includes other capitals like Copenhagen (distance from Tampere 913 km), Oslo (726 km), Stockholm (394 km), Helsinki (160 km), Tallin (235 km), Riga (505 km), Vilnius (762 km) and Minsk (873 km). St. Petersburg (396 km) is really close.

Tampere is really accessible: Direct flights from Riga, Kaunas, Milan, Bremen, Frankfurt, London, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Tallin, Alicante, Edinburgh, Malaga, Pisa, Gdansk and Helsinki, train from St. Petersburg and Helsinki, ferry + train from Tallin, Stockholm, Gdynia, Travemünde and Rostock.

Tampere is an attractive and international centre for students, 200 000 inhabitants and 40 000 students of higher education in four universities. The cultural life is rich, and the city is surrounded by beautiful lakes and forests.

Application period for our international degree programmes run in English January 3 - February 15
All details about application
Photo: The traditional Christmas Market at the central square Keskustori
Story and photo: Cai Melakoski

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Application for Bachelor's programmes start soon

Applying to programmes conducted in English at universities of applied sciences takes place through a joint application system. Applying takes place online at www.admissions.fi. Applicants can use the same on-line application form to apply for a maximum of four different degree programmes conducted in English at up to four different universities of applied sciences.

TAMK bachelor's programmes in English:
  • Environmental Engineering - Bachelor of Engineering
  • International Business - Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Media - Bachelor of Culture and Arts
  • Nursing - Bachelor of Health Care, Tampere
  • Tourism - Bachelor of Hospitality Management, Tampere
The applicants of Degree Programme in Media must return also the required pre-task by 15 February to TAMK.

All details about applying for TAMK programmes in English

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Visitor from Prague - Tomáš Bouška

This week we got a visit from the College of Media and Journalism in Prague. Tomáš Bouška is Vice-Director for External Relations and Communication of the college, and he is looking for international partners, because CMJ has decided to join the European networking community of higher education.

The educational programme of CMJ has been divided into three main fields: Journalism, Audiovisual and Digital Media, Public Relations and Marketing Communications.

I had a very good discussion with Tomáš Bouška and gave him a tour of our premises at Finlayson campus. We agreed to be in touch again when CMJ has joined the European exchange programmes. Of course Tomáš also got the invitation to Tampere Art Factory International Week April 11-15.2011.

Cai Melakoski

Pictured on Finlayson Campus roof garden: Tomáš Bouška on right, Timo Malmi, information officer at the University of Tampere on left side.

Friday, 10 December 2010

EVA - the virtual campus of visual culture studies

Prof. Doru Pop, coordinator of the project, leading the curriculum workshop

Last weekend the EVA-project was kicked off in Cluj, the capital of Transylvania in Romania. Our aim is to build the campus of visual culture studies as a pilot of European Virtual Academy over the next two years. We will have courses, library, labs and forums in the digital world, taking advantage of social media tools and Open Source software.

We will involve the best experts of learning - the students - to create the campus. Professors, lecturers and artists are already preparing the first nine pilot courses to start next autumn. The general language of the campus will be English, but courses will also be translated or subtitled to Romanian, Italian, German, Hungarian and Finnish.

EVA will allow the students of the media and art programmes of partner universities to do exchange studies in a truly international environment without traveling.

We are Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania (coordinator), University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy, Hochschule Mittweida - University of Applied Sciences, Mittweida, Germany, Sapientia Hungarian University of Transilvania, Cluj, Romania and Tampere University of Applied Sciences, TAMK.

Later we will also invite other universities to join us.

The project is funded by the European Union Lifelong Learning Programme.

The web site of European Virtual Campus will be launched in April.

Cai Melakoski
Head, TAMK international Degree Programme in Media

Thursday, 9 December 2010

TAMK Today has arrived!

TAMK.today is our international news letter - mailed out to all partners informing them of international news, events, projects and exchange experiences.

In addition to the international spread of the magazine, it will be an important information source and inspiration to TAMK students and staff to get involved in international activities.

TAMK International Services publishes the magazine in collaboration with TAMK Communication Services annually and the 2010-11 issue has been sent to all partners across the globe. If you wish to receive a copy, please turn to your international office or contact us at international.office(at)tamk.fi

The magazine is also available electronically HERE!

TAMK International Services

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Increasing efficiency and sustainability in Azerbaijan water safety plan

The opening ceremony of the ecosan toilet build in SuGovsagi village/ Sabirabad.
Four pilot projects were implemented on alternative sources of energy In the project localities: Sabirabad, Saatli Shemakha and Ismayili: The construction of an ecosan (which  opening ceremony was  done the 11.11.2010 by Ke Tu ry , TAMK. The toilet was build for Gosvsagi village),  a water destilator and a solar panel  and two food dryers. Two students of TAMK, university of Applied Sciences environmental Engineering and one of TAMK teachers were actively involved in the project activities in Azerbaijan during three months (May-July 2010)

During the week trip to Azerbaijan made with the objectives to well know the  project implementations of KOVA which is  financed by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign  affairs and managed by KeTu ry  and TAMK, University of Applied Sciences, the project is implemented  for community approaches  to a better environment for all and poverty reduction in out of reach communities of rural Azerbaijan.

A meeting was held in the office of the European Union in Azerbaijan with its representative who has gotten acquainted with all project activities in all localities.

Together with the local Partner in Azerbaijan, the director of EKOT NGO, some results and presentations were giving to the representative of the EU including some details about the project proposal for the upcoming years of this cooperation.

Other meetings were also organized with the representative of WCEF : Women in Europe foe a common future, in order to look forward of a good cooperation for a better situation of the localities of this project. From the European Union representative point of view, all project activities are excellent and its future is very promising.

During the mentioned week 08.11-14.11. 2010, 8 schools were visited (SuGovshag school,  Axtachi school, Guragli school, Beylik school…..) and meetings were organized with the local teachers and the students, sometimes including the local inhabitants, in order to discuss about the water safety plan and all knowledges that were introduced to them during the project implementation since the first of January 2010 till November 2010.

Text and picture: Mina Bouhlal