Thursday, 17 April 2014

Orientation day for outgoing students at the University of Tampere

West Finland Higher Education Institutions Network (West Finland HEInet) organized an event at the University of Tampere on the 11th of April. The event was a joint effort between Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK), Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (SeAMK), Tampere University of Technology (TUT), University of Tampere (UTA) and Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK). The event is an orientation day for students of the aforementioned institutions who are planning to leave for an exchange period or practical training abroad. The orientation day is held annually to provide students with valuable information regarding their time abroad.

Various speakers attended the event from for example the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the student health care of Tampere. A lecturer from the University of Tampere also enlightened the students about learning other cultures and giving insight into culture shocks for example. 

"Experiencing culture shock is a good thing. If you don't experience it, it means you haven't seen the new culture enough" -Nancy Aalto, University of Tampere

In the afternoon the attending students had the opportunity to converse with fellow veteran students who had been on an exchange period abroad earlier. This was without a doubt the highlight of the event as the outgoing students were able to get first-hand information regarding their country of choice from the veterans. 

The event was a great success and the feedback received from the participants was highly positive. The organizing parties look forward to the next year’s event!

Over 300 people attended the event.

Picture: Jonne Renvall, UTA.
Text: Hannu Kouhia, TAMK International Services

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

FINNIPS entrance exams in Warsaw

Last week I had the privilege to supervise entrance exams for candidates to Finnish universities of applied sciences, this time in Warsaw in Poland. The exams are organised by the FINNIPS network for the whole of Finland and attendants came from Poland, the Czech Republic, Moldova, Slovenia and the Ukraine.

- I'm glad we actually made it here, despite the global situation as it stands at the moment, said Oles and Taras, brothers from the Ukraine who hope to start international business studies in Finland in August.

Long days with 3-4 hours of exam at a time. Water, water, water...

In the group interview part of the exam the hopeful candidates shared their hopes and dreams in their future field of  study. Most already had some experience through spending a few months in Finland as an Erasmus exchange student, or already had friends or family studying in Finland.

For myself, this was a first-time experience which I shared with a colleague from KYAMK. Thankfully he had lived in Poland for six years, one of which was in Warsaw. I got a good overview of the city in the brief free hours of each evening, with a travel planner right next to  me... thanks Jori!

If you have a chance to go for a similar assignment abroad, I sincerely recommend you take it!

Text & Photo: Piri Hiltunen / TAMK International Services

First meeting of eMenthe project in TAMK

First meeting of eMenthe -project’s steering group was held in TAMK 7. - 8.4.2014. Representatives from each partner university and two external members gave very good feedback about the activities so far -and also about the plans for the future.

It’s our joint pleasure to work for the project! 

Text: Nina Kilkku, Principal Lecturer, TAMK

eMenthe is a multilateral EU-funded three year project. The aim of the project is to enhance Master’s level education in mental health practice by developing eLearning materials through European co-operation. The project is done in co-operation with three Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences, one University of Applied Sciences from Netherlands, one Swedish, Irish and British University.
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Monday, 14 April 2014

NorthSouthSouth Project brings teacher visitors from Africa to Tampere

TAMK is a  coordinator in NorthSouthSouth project`s (NSS) sub project SUDET.  The project  organised a meeting and training in TAMK two weeks ago.  There was teacher visitors from South Africa in TAMK. University of Tampere is also a co-operator in this project.

NSS programme SUDET – Social work and sustainable development is a collaboration between higher education institutions are from Mozambique, Tanzania, South Africa and Finland.

The programme is funded by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Funded activities include: student and teacher exchange, joint intensive courses at the partner institutions in the South, networking between institutions and dissemination measures such as publications and seminars.
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From the project`s blog

Project coordinator Ulla-Maija Koivula
phone 050 570 2471, ulla-maija.koivula(at)