Monday, 26 March 2012

International Week for Engineering on 19 – 23 March 2012

The second International Week for Engineering took place on the main campus of TAMK on 19 - 23 March 2012. The week consisted of lectures, networking, socializing, and familiarizing the visitors to some aspects of the Finnish culture.

Everybody gathered to the welcoming session

The Degree Programmes of Engineering, Technology and Natural Resources hosted 21 visitors from 16 partner universities of TAMK. The group was quite international, since the participants came from 10 different countries – mostly from Europe, but one guest arrived all the way from South Korea. In addition to some familiar faces, we were happy to welcome several new lecturers for the week.
The visitors held 34 lectures in English for the students and staff of TAMK. All together ca 850 engineering students participated in the lecture sessions.
The first-year Environmental Engineering students organized the Water Day on Tuesday 20 March, and three of the visiting professors contributed to that event by giving lectures in the Assembly Hall. Prof. Otilija Miseckaite, guest lecturer from Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Lithuania was talking about Pollution from Agricultural Areas, Prof. Seongho Hong from Soongsil University, South Korea lectured about the Treatment of Drinking Water, and Prof. Hedda Sander from Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences, Germany was focusing on Phycology – the World of Algae.
Water day event took place in the main campus of TAMK
Every participant had a chance to introduce their university with a 10-minute slot and tell the necessary info. The session was open to all TAMK students and personnel.

Prof. Clemens Derndorfer from Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences, Wels introducing his university

The guests had a chance to get to know more of Tampere on a sightseeing tour on Monday 19 March. Unfortunately, the weather was not the most clement, but luckily the guide was quite good and had many stories to tell about Tampere and the history of the city. The sauna evening was organized by a lake in Hangaslahti, and all the guests enjoyed it a lot and were praising the scenery. Most of them also tried ice swimming. The experience was great, even unforgettable, and it was not at all as extreme as you may have imagined.

The guests were admiring the view from Pispala
The feedback from the guests was mainly positive. The ideas for further development of the International Week were very much appreciated by the organisers, and all the feedback is going to be taken into consideration while planning the similar event in 2013.
All in all, the week was a success, and TAMK wants to thank all the guests who joined the second International Week of Engineering. Hope you all enjoyed Tampere, and will visit us again soon!

Text & Photos: Sanna Hosike

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