Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Rethinking education at EAIE

It was a truly inspirational week taking part in the 24th Annual EAIE Conference in Dublin, Ireland. TAMK representatives from the International Services, Language Services and the School of Art, Music and Media enjoyed a very full programme of networking and learning.
Kirsi & Sohvi at the exhibition booth 

The week commenced with a special keynote address from “Global Education Superstar”, Sugata Mitra. Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University and Visiting Professor at MIT, Sugata is well-known for his “Hole in the Wall” project. What started in 1999 with an internet-connected PC installed in a hole in a wall bordering an urban slum in New Delhi is an experiment that has come to challenge some of the key assumptions of formal education, demonstrating that an environment that stimulates curiosity can cause learning through self-instruction and peer-knowledge. His work inspired the book Slumdog Millionaire that went on to become the Oscar winning film of 2009.

Our focus in the conference this year was to deepen and renew our links with existing partners, and we certainly did so by hosting a joint reception under the “INland Finland” theme together with JAMK University of Applied Sciences. International activities have been a spearhead in collaboration between the two UAS’s and we once again proved that by linking our partners with each other’s partners.

TAMK & JAMK hosts at the reception 

At the Closing Plenary we heard from an award winning social entrepreneur and international advocate for persons with disabilities, Caroline Casey. Over the past ten years, Caroline has brought a unique blend of leadership and vision to the business and political world by promoting the abilities of those with disabilities on a national and international level. Founder of Kanchi and the O2 Ability Awards, she continues to look past limits and affect change through positive solution based thinking.

The week was filled with dozens of more than valuable meetings with colleagues from all over the world and will serve as a priceless tool for quality assurance in everyday activities with partners. We want to thank all the partners who attended our reception and came to exchange views and experiences at our booth at the exhibition.

Hope to see you again in Istanbul in 2013!

Kirsi Tolvanen – Head of International Services
Camilla Kalevo – International Coordinator, Mobility Projects
Piri Hiltunen – International Coordinator, Outgoing Students
Sohvi Sirkesalo – International Coordinator, School of Art, Music and Media
Tarja Haukijärvi – Head of Language Services

Text: Piri
Photos: Kirsi & Nina

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