Friday, 5 October 2012

TAMK celebrates 100 years of Finnish engineering education

Photo: Provincial Archives of Hämeenlinna

The Finnish engineering education started 100 years ago at Tampere Institute of Technology that we nowadays know as Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK).

First building of Tampere Institute of Technology
TAMK celebrated the 100th anniversary on 1-5 October 2012. The programme included e.g. a two-day pedagogical forum and exhibitions

The week culminates today Friday 5 October in a national jubilee at the Tampere Hall and a reception at the Tampere Town Hall, where the keynote speakers are Ms Henna Virkkunen, Minister of Public Administration and Local Government; and Mr Jorma Ollila, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

TAMK’s engineering students have had a week full of events on the theme of “strengthening working life connections”: special lectures, company visits and networking opportunities.

Japanese exchange student Masaki Ishiguro from Hokkaido University saw dozens of old NMT, GSM and mobile phones: the first Salora SRP 24 was produced until 1976, and the first Nokia Mobira Talkman, pruduced in 1985, weighted 5,5 kilos! 

The price of either one is no longer known, but the early versions were as expensive as 4000-5000 euros!

Sasaki Ishiguro has an Apple, not a Nokia!
- I think that the engineers are the main important people in the world! I wish all your staff and students of the university great success in your study life and in your civil life, says Elena Nikonchuk, Deputy Director of International Educational Projects Office, St Petersburg State Polytechnical University, Russia, in her video.

Text and photos: Mirja Onduso, TAMK International Services


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