Thursday, 28 March 2013

Erasmus Intensive Program: Forests and Storms at TAMK

International cooperation course in Erasmus Intensive Program on forests and storms ends in good but wishful spirits. The Program was organized at Tampere University of Applied Sciences lasting from March 14th to March 27th.

Portuguese students enjoying Finnish spring weather and trying out the snowshoes!

A two-week intensive course on forests and storms at TAMK came to its end yesterday. Almost 40 students and 15 teachers from 5 different European countries had a busy time learning and lecturing about things like climate change, storms and bioenergy. Besides the lectures and group-working, the participants had the chance to see some forestry activities in practice and visit e.g. the SMEAR (Station for measuring ecosystem-atmosphere relations) –station of Helsinki University 60 kilometers north of Tampere.

Forests and Storms field trip – Logging excursion

Although the weather was exceptionally cold for this time or the year the students and teachers really enjoyed the activities on snow on free-time. Everybody tried cross-country skiing and walking with snow shoes. One Romanian student proved to be a real fisherman – his catch was five perches from a hole on the frozen lake. The Spanish young men were brave enough to try ice-swimming - in water with temperature close to zero degrees Celsius!

Visiting teachers testing another very Finnish thing to do, cross-country skiing.

One of the unforgettable experiences for the visitors was undoubtedly the northern lights, aurora borealis, which they could observe on the night of March 17th. At these latitudes it is very exceptional to see so impressive electromagnetic activity.

The IP Forests and Storms was realized for the third time. Previously it has been in Bazas, France in 2010 and in Palencia, Spain in 2011. The IP was coordinated by ELEPFA de Bazas and the other participating universities were University of Valladolid (Spain), Transilvania University of Brasov (Romania), Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (Portugal), Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco (Portugal) and Tampere University of Applied Sciences.

The Erasmus Intensive Program: Forests and Storms participants.

Text: Ari Vanamo
Photos: Ari Vanamo, Manne Viljamaa & Raul Araujo

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

International visitor Timothy Phelan from Miyagi University, Japan

Timothy Phelan, Executive director of International affairs from Miyagi University in Japan is visiting Finland and Tampere University of Applied Sciences this week. During the visit Professor Phelan meets the TAMK International Services staff as well as current exchange students from Miyagi University, Ryoko Sasaki and Ryo Tominaga.

Ryoko Sasaki (left) and Ryo Tominaga (right) were warmly welcoming Professor Timothy Phelan to TAMK and Finland

During the stay Professor Phelan will also visit The TAMK Finlayson campus of Art, Music and Media studies and meet personnel from the TAMK Research and Development department to discuss and plan the cooperation in the future. He will additionally pay a visit to the School of Health Care and meet the President of TAMK, Markku Lahtinen, as well.

In their meeting Professor Phelan surprised his students by testing their knowledge about facts of Tampere and after the official program the students were happy to introduce the campuses and the city of Tampere to him.

Professor Phelan asked the students couple of tricky questions about Tampere

Text: Panu Alanko, Trainee, TAMK International Services
Photos: Kaisa Merilahti, TAMK International Services

Friday, 22 March 2013

Entrepreneurship - In Your Dreams?

On Wednesday March 20, Pakkahuone (Old Customs House) was filled with hundreds of people interested in entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship - In Your Dreams? -event was meant for people who want to figure out their opportunities, consider their goals, look for the following step or find the partner they need to bring their business idea to fruition.

Photo: Outi Puhakka, TaY
The event was especially meant for students and staff in higher education institutions. The organizers evaluated that around 80 % of the total enrollments, which the event had around 400, were students and the rest 20 % were staff of different institutions. By these numbers we can assume there’s a need for a new channel of networking for young entrepreneurs in the Tampere region.

Entrepreneurship - In Your Dreams? was organized by ENTRE, a cooperation of
Y campus of Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK)
TALLI support center of new entrepreneurs and innovations of Tampere University of Technology (TUT)
Service Innovation Centre of University of Tampere (UTA)

ENTRE is part of Unipoli Tampere cooperation between the three universities.

This was the first entrepreneurship event organized by ENTRE. The event consisted of keynote speakers including Mr. Timo Vuorensola who is a director at Blind Spot Picture. He shared his experience as an amateur film maker in the business. He encouraged everyone not to always think about the impossible but the chances you have as entrepreneur. He took an example of his own cooperation with fans and internet societies when funding his films such as Iron Sky and Star Wreck.

Audience listening to Mr. Timo Vuorensola's talk, "Sky is not the limit". Photo: Outi Puhakka, TaY

Entrepreneurship - In Your Dreams? also consisted of Start-up Cafés, Case Cafés and Free Zone networking. Start-up Cafés offered useful knowledge and tips for everyone interested in entrepreneurship or running a business. In Case Cafés you could hear stories and experiences from successful entrepreneurs. Free Zone offered refreshments and free networking with participants and entrepreneur’s best friends at info stands.

TAMK, UTA and TUT signed the Unipoli Tampere Agreement in 2006. Recent years have expanded and deepened collaboration between the three institutions, which is also the main purpose of the agreement: to establish closer ties, support an efficient use of resources and promote the city's development into an international hub of expertise.

Host Simo Frangén interviews Harri Melin, the vice principal of University of Tampere, TAMK's principal Markku Lahtinen and TUT's first director in charge of PR and partnerships Anne-Mari Järvelin about their piece of art they just created. Photo: Outi Puhakka, TaY

Entrepreneurship - In Your Dreams? was just a kick-off for ENTRE’s function in Tampere.

Stay tuned for more activities of ENTRE in the near future!

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Delicious dessert (and some goulash, too)!

Sixteen students from the three universities in Tampere took part in the Hungarian cooking course at TAMK on 19 March 2013.

The teacher, Zita Székely, taught the students how to make goulash, a Hungarian meat soup, and Somlói galuska, a cake-like dessert.

After long preparations, cooking, baking and waiting, two huge pots of goulash went down in minutes – and the dessert in seconds!

The cooking course was a part of the Hungarian theme week of TAMK, University of Tampere (UTA) and Tampere University of Technology (TUT). The cities of Tampere and Miskolc have been twin cities for 50 years.

Köszönöm (= thank you) everyone and especially Zita the Master Chef!

Text: Mirja Onduso, Social Counsellor
Photos: course participants

Friday, 15 March 2013

TAMK hosted Erasmus Intensive Programme in Sustainable Tourism

Grilling sausages in Seitseminen National Park

The last two weeks we had extremely nice and instructive time during the project course about Sustainable tourism management! Course’s aim was to analyse three different destinations in Tampere from sustainable point of view: city centre, Pyynikki and Seitseminen national park. So we had a great time by making these destinations familiar for our visitors from Spain and United Kingdom! Based on our experiences and lectures we had to make a presentation in mixed groups about our proposals for those destinations.

On a first day all three nationalities had presentations about their culture which was really interesting and good opening for the weeks. The visitors could even taste a little piece of Finland: Finnish salmiakki, but it didn’t get so great admiration. I just have to wonder why!;) We Finns also arranged a welcoming party where everyone had a good chance to make new friends and enjoy their time.

Our first destination was city center where the majority of students went to see Tuomio church, the Main Square, Finlayson, market hall and Vapriikki-museum. There was a little snow storm during our walk, but we solved the problem by drinking hot cup of coffee in Vapriikki-museum till snowing was over.

The trip to our second destination, Pyynikki and Pispala area, was a whole new experience for the majority of our visitors! They were thrilled about wooden residential area of Pispala, tasted the best donuts of Tampere in Pyynikki observation tower and walked on an icy like for the first time. In addition the weather was lovely because sun was shining.

Walking on a lake in Pyynikki
City Tour and Tallipiha

Our final destination was Seitseminen national park where we Finns arranged different kind of activities outdoors. First there was a short document about the nature of Seitseminen and after that we had a walk in a forest. Few people took a sled with them and there was a lot of screaming when they went down the hills! After our nice walk we grilled some sausages on a campfire and enjoyed our delicious picnic lunch. Before leaving we played football in the snow, skied a little bit and played Finnish game mölkky.

Team working

After long days of teamwork finally every team succeed and made good presentations. Now it is time for the final party and we have to say good bye.

Writer: Niina Väisänen, student in Tourism in Ikaalinen Campus