Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Over Five Hundred Participants in West Finland HEInet Outgoing Orientation Day 2011

SAMK, SeAMK, TAMK, TUT and UTA (commonly known as West Finland HEInet - West Finland Higher Education net) organized their joint Outgoing Orientation Day 2011 at Tampere University of Technology (TUT) campus on 15th of April 2011.

The aim of the event was to offer vital information for exchange students and people who are going to do their practical training abroad. Additionally, the idea was train them to deal with situations which may arise during the exchange period

The event attracted over 500 attendants, so we can honestly say that the event was a success. There weren’t too many free seats in the Auditorium.

The whole programme started with distributing the information folders accompanied with free sandwiches and coffee for everybody.

One of the highlights of the day was a presentation by Mr. Teemu Palosaari, a Research Fellow from Tampere Peace Research Institute. This was his third time performing in this joint orientation day. One of his messages was that the media is giving a slanted view on some countries, because bad news is interesting for the masses. He pointed out, that it is completely possible to spend a safe night in about any country. Additionally, there is a possibility that you can get robbed in your good old and safe home town. Mr. Palosaari even told us that he had been robbed in New Zealand, which should be one of the safest countries in the world. He also described that a common man should first get to know the practicalities in their target country i.e. Where to get drinking water. Mr. Palosaari also hinted that the best sources for this kind of information are Ministry for Foreign Affairs and CIA Factbook.

Mr Teemu Palosaari

The programme also included lectures about culture shock by Mr. John Shepherd (from TUT) about health issues by Ms. Tarja Järvinen (from FSHS) and about being a Finn abroad by Ms. Irja Pietilä (from TAMK).

After the lectures the students were taken to country or area specific groups. There they had the chance to meet students (known as “veterans”) who already have completed their exchange period. These two hour sessions were full of questions and discussions. Judging from the feedback, the country groups were the best part of the day.

We at TAMK International Services would like to thank everybody who participated to this wonderful event. Special thanks to the veterans who were there to give answers to their fellow students. You were a big part of this day.

More pictures can be found from TAMK Flickr.

Text: Elias Suominen
Photos: Elias Suominen

No comments: