– Because here you can really connect to each other, do things together, and come up with new ideas for co-operation between universities, says Van der Kooij from Hanze University, Minerva Academy of Pop Culture.In May 2015, over twenty people from ten countries spent a week at TAMK’s newest campus, Mediapolis, to share their views about the future of higher education in the field of culture.
– We have invited our international partner universities, as well as business co-operation partners from abroad and Finland, says Sohvi Sirkesalo, Coordinator of the International Week.
Sirkesalo says that they have had very good discussions about the changes of culture and media, and the new demands for education. However, the most valuable thing for her is to arrange an opportunity for the guests to network with each other.
– I can see how people find each other, share ideas and start co-operation. This is what I like the most.
“The programme has been fantastic”
Martina König works as a language teacher in the design department at FH Joanneum, Austria. This is her first time in Finland and at TAMK. The whole week has been very useful for her.
– The programme has been fantastic. There have been interesting workshops and lectures, and I got lots of information about various topics.
König agrees with Van der Kooij about the ease of networking during the week.
– Here are people from so many countries, and from similar departments. You can exchange information and even attract new partner universities and sign bilateral agreements.
And what would be a visit to Finland without a visit to the sauna? Both, König and Van der Kooij mention the sauna, when they are asked about the things they have enjoyed most in Tampere during their free time.
– My best memory will be, as always, the smoke sauna near the lake. And jumping into the lake, Van der Kooij laughs.
Van der Kooij has also understood one of the essential purposes of Finnish sauna evenings.
– Sauna is where the networking starts. It is not only about presentations, and plans and agreements. It’s also about personal contacts. I think it is very important.
TEXT: TEIJA PEKKARINEN
PHOTOS: JOSEFIINA KEMPPINEN
Check the upcoming international weeks at TAMK!
International Week for Physiotherapy, 5 – 9 October 2015
International Week for Engineering, 8 – 11 February 2016
International Week for Business and Services (IWBAS 2016), 14 – 18 March 2016
International Week for Art, Music and Media, 10 – 13 May 2016
International Week for Health Care, 16 – 20 May 2016
International Week for Vocational Teacher Education, May 2016 (dates to be confirmed)
International Week for Research, Development & Innovation, RDI, May 2016 (dates to be confirmed)
International Week for Non-Teaching Staff, 6 – 10 June 2016
International Week for Physiotherapy, 10 – 14 October 2016