Text: TAMK’s Social Services students Tommi Vaittinen and Otto Vaattovaara

Photos: Tapio Salomäki

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Eight brave student souls, headed by Tapio Salomäki, accepted a challenge that lead them on an unpredictable journey. This challenge was called the project FAD. There were participants also from the children’s houses from Akaa, Turku, Estonia and Latvia.

The main idea was to create two pedagogical adventure camps for the children of ages between 8–14, based on their own dreams. All of this was evaluated by the students from the University of Riga, Latvia.

The first camp took place in Ylöjärvi, in November 2017, in snowy conditions. The camp was enclosed with Moomin theme and especially with the tale about Moomin Pappa’s days in the children’s home and thereafter.

After the camp, it was time to think where we had succeeded and where we had made mistakes. Everybody felt that they had learned something. The second camp was held in Tarto, Estonia. It was build around Lotte who is the children’s favourite character in Estonia. Lotte lead people to exciting situations.

In the end, it was time to gather around in Tampere and conclude everything, and wash all dust from the adventures away in a hot lake-side sauna. Finally, we realised that this project was able to offer unique experiences for the children and a possibility to exceed their own limits. Many dreams came true and wonderful people met each other. Now the brave souls were even more braver and extremely happy for accepting this challenge.

Text & Photo: Minna Metsäportti, M.A. Senior Lecturer in English, Language Centre, Tampere University of Applied Sciences 

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Taitava Neonataalihoitaja (Skilled Neonatal Nurse, 30 ECTS) is a specialised professional study programme organised by five Finnish university hospitals. It is intended for nurses working in neonatal intensive care units, high dependency units and neonatal wards. The professional English studies (2 ECTS) belonging to the study entity were provided by TAMK Language Centre, this spring for the third time.  

A total of thirty-six neonatal nurses from the university hospitals of Tampere, Helsinki, Oulu, Turku and Kuopio studied in our Tabula learning environment. The aims of the course included practising how to successfully instruct English-speaking parents to participate in the care of their premature baby, as well as improving one’s competence to read and utilise scientific publications.

One of the characteristic methods throughout the course was collaborative learning.

The shared contributions led to productive threads which enabled the participants to get familiar with other hospitals’ care practices and to learn from other nursing colleagues’ experiences.

Part of the professional English studies was implemented with a colleague from the University of Tampere. Working on research articles was integrated into a Finnish course on written communication with the purpose of supporting the participants  in their overall learning process during the ongoing programme, as well as encouraging self-study to stay updated with current neonatalogy practices also after the completion of the course.

The course was received well by neonatal nurses, achieving the set goals successfully. Flexible schedule and specifically tailored course content were appreciated by the participants, many of whom felt strongly motivated to continue improving and maintaining their English.

For an educator the opportunity to design a professional language course to respond to working life requirements is a rewarding experience. Intense collaboration with professionals and authentic course elements offer a welcomed insight into a special field, thus paving the way for the design, development and implementation of similar training programmes in the future.

 

Text and photo: Kirsi Saarinen & Minna Metsäportti

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The fourth Fast Track to Professional English course took place in spring 2018. Students from the fields of engineering and health care accomplished their compulsory professional English courses by studying together in our 5-week Tabula-based web course.

This spring we had a German colleague participating in the course. Mr. Hubertus Weyer gave an interactive Skype lecture on “Tool box meeting as a communication act in health and safety”.

One of the main aims in Fast Track English is to form mixed teams, plan and work on the final project. In the earlier courses, students have designed and worked on a variety of topics such as “Healthy Building” and “Microchip Technology in Paramedicine”.

This spring we chose another approach.  Students discussed, reflected on and presented their views on what the forthcoming digital learning environment of Tampere3 should be like.  The students’ suggestions were included in the initial planning stage of the environment development.

The fifth Fast track English will start in autumn. The concept will be developed further and new approaches will be adopted. A special emphasis will be given to examining and analyzing students’ experiences of studying and learning in a multi-professional student group.

 

International weeks have been a tradition at TAMK since 2008. Today TAMK hosts approximately eight international weeks in different fields yearly.  Non-teaching staff international week took place at the end of April and brought together professionals from eight countries. These professionals work in many areas in higher education anywhere from financial services to library and international services.

Best Practices and Getting to Know TAMK

The week started off with an introduction to TAMK, its facilities, fields of education and services, and, of course, Finland as a country and it’s education system. The guests of the international week had an opportunity from the beginning to find best practices among each other and from TAMK and they usually became the most excited when they had the chance for a free flowing Q&A during and after presentations.

As the week went on the guests were introduced to Demola and Y-Campus concepts. Both seemed to raise a lot of discussion, questions and interest in combining the higher education scheme with entrepreneurial studies in practice.

Guests were also offered the chance to book individual meetings with a TAMK representative in their own fields in order to discuss current matters and services/practices in more detail.

Photograph by Kukka-Maaria Korko

Fun and Games

There were also two evening programs planned for the guests. First evening get-together took place in Mediapolis Campus, where guests met other international week participants that were taking part in the week arranged by Art, Music and Media at the same time. Mediapolis students had put together a viewing of the new short films produced and made by students and the guests got to watch improvisational theatre as well.

Second evening program was something very Finnish and very different from what any of the guests had ever tried before. Sauna and swimming at Varala.  The food was great, sauna was enjoyable and some even dared to take dip in the icy lake.

Photograph by Suvi Hokkanen

To sum up the week, it was full of fun, laughter and discussions on developing services. Thanks to all that helped in the organization, all the presenters and especially the guests that made the week all that it was!

 

Text: Suvi Hokkanen/International Coordinator for Staff Exchanges

Downtown Tromsø

 

In spring 2018 we spent one week in Tromsø, Norway. The coordinator of the Nordplus Nordic and Baltic Business Innovation Network and the intensive course “Multiform marketing of experience-based product/service innovations”, Senior Lecturer in Marketing Pirkko Varis from Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), Finland together with Vidar Alvarstein and Kirsten Zachariassen  from UiT The Arctic University of Norway, School of Business and Economics, organized the programme for us.

 View from downtown to Fjellheisen

 Participants on the viewing platform of Fjellheisen

 

Altogether 28 students and 10 staff members from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania and Norway joined the intensive course. From TAMK, Finland students Marja Koskimäki, Miisa Kuivanen, Noora-Emilia Hassinen, Salla Vaittinen, Maria Eskola, Janica Saralevä, Titta Savolainen and Henri Hellsten took part in the Nordic & Baltic week.

Downtown Tromsø with sailing boat harbour

 

 View from Fjellheisen to downtown

 

On weekend we could get acquainted with each other and spend some time together. We also did a walking sightseeing tour in Tromsø, including a visit to Fjellheisen with a cable car. On Monday we had presentations of all the countries, cities, universities and study programmes taking part in the intensive course.

May-Tordis Simonsen presenting Veita

 Assignment to students

 

On Monday we were given the assignment from the representative of Veita shopping center, May-Tordis Simonsen. Student teams were given tasks to think of what Veita can do to ensure its future, and if there would be alternative ways to go for instead of being a basic shopping center. Also the aim was to think of various target audiences and give ideas for marketing.

Teams working at Veita

 

 On Tuesday and Wednesday we worked in our multidisciplinary and multicultural teams with the assignment. We created for Veita new business concepts and ideas for marketing and marketing communications activities, including online marketing, mobile and social media. We finalized our work and also delivered our reports by the deadline.

May-Tordis Simonsen moderating the presentation session

Audience following the presentation of the Norwegian Kåre and his team 

 

On Thursday our presentations took place. Various business concepts, and marketing and marketing communications ideas were presented, and a winner was chosen between the teams. All teams did great work and the results of the teams can be used by Veita. Some of the suggestions will be implemented immediately and some in near future. The winning team members were Inga Barauskaite, Philip Firouzian, Maria Eskola, Janica Saralevä and Omar Olivares Villarreal with their “The north pole living room” proposal. On Thursday evening we had a closing ceremony and dinner. We congratulated the winners and thanked the organisers and all participants and spent the evening together. On Friday we left Tromsø with a lot of memorable experiences.

Winning team presentaion     

 

In the following some students share their experiences and thoughts of the intensive course and time in Tromsø.

Students from Denmark

 

Philip Firouzian from the University of Southern Denmark, Faculty of Engineering, Product Development and Innovation, Odense, Denmark

Thank you very much for great planning and huge experiences. It was a pleasure to work across borders and to experience similarities/differences both in work and culture. The overall course was well planned and I think the case was very relevant. It was also nice to be located in the actual shopping mall to work on the case – It was amazing to meet the other participants and to explore    Tromsø. I am very happy to have taken part in this course and met the network. I hope to see our new friends later again soon 🙂

Presentation about Denmark

 

Students from Vytautas Magnus University, Faculty of Economics and Management, Kaunas, Lithuania

 

Agnė Juknaitė

I’m so grateful that I could have an opportunity to be a part of this project in Tromsø. It was really great experience! I am so happy that I could see the beauty of Tromsø. The Northern lights and fjords were stunning. Thank you for this amazing week full of new experiences and practice. I would repeat it again if I could.  Thank you, Pirkko for your concern during the whole week. Everything was so perfect.

                   Loreta Petrauskaitė, Mantautas Račkauskas and students from Lithuania

 

Smiltė Sedekerskytė                               

First of all, it was a pleasure to be a part of this project. This experience was incredibly fascinating. I learned a lot about the things that are very important to me, my studies and my future.

As a matter of fact, this intensive course was a marvellous opportunity for students not only to work with a company but also to get experience while working in groups with very different individuals, get to know various cultures, peoples’ lifestyles and even their educational systems. It was the first time for me practising working with this kind of a company and trying to help it to reach its goals. While being a part of a group of complete strangers, I learned that even a week can be enough for people to get along and get to know each other or even become friends.

Peaks of mountains and a fjord

 

To be honest, Tromsø is one of my favourite towns I have ever visited. The experience that I got there was really different from what I am used to because I prefer to travel somewhere South from Lithuania, but it was still my best decision to finally reach a place that is beyond polar circle. The things that were very new and fascinating to me were the northern lights, the amount of snow that I saw, very huge mountains and their peaks from where one can see the magnificent panorama of    Tromsø. And the friendly local people who were always smiling and trying to help you no matter what cannot be forgotten to mention.

It was a pleasure to have a chance to participate in this project. And again thank you very much for this experience. It has changed my life significantly.

Martin, Anneliis and students from Estonia

Students from Tallinn University of Technology, School of Engineering, Estonia

 

Ilgar Akbarov

Education is mostly about experiences. I would like to say thank you to the Nordic Baltic Business Innovation Network for giving us the opportunity to have this great experience.

We were able to improve our knowledge and experience in many ways while seeking solutions to problems with people from different cultures and disciplines. We were able to consult tutors with different professions while developing the concept for Veita shopping mall. We handled with the decreasing attractiveness of the shopping mall in local context, but the concepts we developed during the intensive course are applicable to many others shopping malls, because the problem itself is not special to certain places.

 Martin Pärn and questions to Ilgar’s team

 

We were also able to explore the amazing nature of far north city. In a short intensive course, we had the possibility to explore the city with guidance of Vidar, thank you to him :). Since I am from a southern country (Azerbaijan), to be able to see the Aurora Borealis was another great privilege for me, which maybe normal for students who are form Nordic countries. We also had chance to learn the city’s culture, history and how the city plays role in polar overreaches and about scientists who conducted researches there.

All in all, the balance between working on the project and exploring the city was well considered by organisers and it was an unforgettable experience. Thank you all!

 

Omar Olivares Villarreal

 When they proposed me to go for this experience I was expecting to find a country and people cold like the lots of snow that I saw in the pictures before. To my surprise I couldn’t be more wrong to think like that, except that there really was a lot of snow, the people were warm and really open, they even made jokes. The moment we were landing from the plane I could see the huge mountains that hug Tromsø making it look like a picture of fantasy in a big composition of blues and whites. My friends and I were welcomed with a smile in the face in a really nice hotel and after looking around the city and loving the city more and more, we went to a nice place for snacks where we met other participants of the course. After talking and making new friends we decided to go once again around the city to look how beautiful it looked in the night.

Anneliis and students from Estonia

 

On the next day we went in a walking tour around the city with all the companions for the course, we saw interesting places with a very local but fun explanation, like the brewery they have or the polar scientific research center. The last point we visited was the top of a mountain, after a very fast but entertaining trip on the Teleferic, we came into the view of the extension of Tromsø from the top of this beautiful mountain but the best part was to look this majestic view of nature. Mountains, fjords and even the colors in the sky mixed together to create a wonderful picture to the point that not even the city feels out of place. Trying to get a better picture of the scenery some of us decided to go further up to the mountain, must say it wasn’t easy at all but was 100% worth.

Mountains by a fjord

 

The next day besides introducing ourselves and listening to the presentations of other national teams, we discovered what we are going to do in the next days. So we formed teams with the people we were assigned (I think I got the best team) and began walking back to the center of Tromsø. I will not be tired to mention that you get enchanted in the view. I find that the service culture in Tromsø was really high, in the café the beautiful girl in the other side of the counter received us with a huge smile and attention, something in this quality of service was repeated in each place that I visited later.

Ilgar taking a photo of Omar

 

In the afternoon of that day we met in the place that we were working with, the mall Veita, an incredible place hidden in the very center of Tromsø. Working here the next days with my teammates was an incredible regarding experience, I would like to say that all of us enjoyed the process of working together and we got quite interesting ideas. The place is lovely and has a nice café in it where I did go for a very nice chai latte tea and a cloudberry tea (both a must if you have the opportunity to taste). From time to time in the mall you could see mothers taking their babies to play in the park inside, also they give public yoga classes. In general little surprises pop up in there.

I would like to resume that my whole experience was enjoyable and eye opening, to see the city and work with new people. I am sure we will visit Tromsø once again and by sure I will try to participate in the event next time.

 

Coordinator Pirkko looking for new experiences

 

Text

Pirkko Varis, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland 

Students from Denmark, Estonia and Lithuania

 

Photos

Anneliis Tomingas, Tallinn University of Technology, School of Engineering, Estonia

Omar Olivares Villarreal, Tallinn University of Technology, School of Engineering, Estonia

Pirkko Varis, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland 

 

The following institutions are members of the Nordplus Nordic and Baltic Business Innovation Network:

Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), Business, Finland

The University of Southern Denmark, Faculty of Engineering, Odense, Denmark

Tallinn University of Technology, Schools of Engineering & Business and Governance, Estonia

UiT The Arctic University of Norway, School of Business and Economics, Tromsø, Norway

Vytautas Magnus University, Faculty of Economics and Management, Kaunas, Lithuania

Text and photos: Luka Saksio, Student of Degree Programme in Building Services Engineering, TAMK

(Talotekniikka, LVI)

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One Russian Plus One Finn Equals More Than Two

Saint Isaac’s Cathedral

Saint Isaac’s Cathedral

We had an amazing opportunity to visit St. Petersburg from March 18th to March 24th 2018 with a group of people participating a course about cultural diversity. Our group, hopping to Allegro train, going from Finland to Russia, included a mix of people from different degree programmes from Tampere University of Applied Sciences and from Helsinki University Aleksanteri Institute. All of us more or less unknown to each other, all somehow unfamiliar with the culture of Russia.

The students from Russia participating this project were from North-West Institute of Management and from ITMO University. On the second evening of the trip, we had a lovely dinner in a local Georgian restaurant.

It was one of our first opportunities to get to know the Russian students who were participating in our project. At this moment already, they all turned out to be very talkative and not at all introverted, as I first had assumed for some reason. Although, many of them said they aren’t normally so very loquacious, it seemed like they were much more talkative than us Finns. That’s something depending on the person, of course, but this is how it first seemed like to me.

Great views, great population and great Putin

Over the Expectations

Lots of nice walking and wandering around the city was included in the trip.

The trip proved out to be more than just a school trip, at least for me – it was a very important experience. The fluency of spoken English and the skills for cooperation with other people really evolved in me during the stay, both of which I consider really important factors in working life. It was very easy but still so very challenging at the same time having to cooperate with foreign people all week, with them having their own accents, different levels of spoken English and the weird features of their cultures. But eventually, as we got to know each other a little bit better, it all started to flow spontaneously and everyone found the common tune.

Real-life Project Work

As we had had the time to get to know each other, we were separated to smaller groups and then given different kinds of project works concerning an all-new way (at least for most of us) to approach businesses: via business model canvas. Each group consisted of different nationalities (there were others too than only Finns and Russians), which made the project even more interesting. After a little theory about the business model canvas, it became clear to us how to use it as a tool to understand every aspect of the business and innovate new things for our project companies.

The Business Model Canvas for Bonava.

My group got Bonava as the project company. It’s a construction company (or a housing company as they call it) that operates in Scandinavian countries and in St. Petersburg. As a contact person for the company we had Pekka Eskola, a development manager of Bonava in St. Petersburg. To figure out new, out of the box innovations for the company, we were told several times by teachers and Pekka himself to throw every crazy idea on the canvas that crosses our minds, and then consider letting some of the worst ones go afterwards.

At first that was kind of hard for us, but as we got moving with the task, the canvas started to get filled of ideas. We got help during the process from the teachers and Pekka, and finally succeeded to make a full canvas and a complete story to support it. I think Pekka liked the presentation we gave him at the Bonava headquarters, as we managed to figure out almost everything their development team had came up with during the past few years, and even a little more.

Success in Every Way

People from RANEPA, ITMO, TAMK and University of Helsinki

The group attending the project was full of unbelievably cooperative and skillful people. I could’ve never thought that mixing several cultures would end up with a project task as big as this having done absolutely wonderful works that I know will help the companies in their businesses in the future.

As a conclusion, the trip was a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime experience for each and everyone of us involved. Learning about cultural differences in theory is nothing compared to a real-life practice like this. Even just small conversations in a foreign language sets people in a mood of receiving information almost as easily as in their own language, and personally getting to know foreign people they’re working with as a group, makes things really easy. On top of the unique chance of getting to work with people from different cultures, I believe everyone of us made some long-lasting friendships during the trip that will never be forgotten.

 

 

EUTA IP 2018 – students celebrating after hard work

 

Altogether 38 students and 6 staff members from Belgium, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and UK participated in March 2018 in a marketing project in Darmstadt, Germany. The assignment was to create an advertising and marketing communications campaign for young adults to increase awareness of health risks associated with poor eating patterns and obesity.

 

Finland team – Kasper, Madelyn, Pirkko, Janita and Simon 

 

Students Janita Gaft, Madelyn Panzner, Kasper Långsjö and Simon Sørensen from Tampere University of Applied Sciences, School of Business and Services participated in this project, organized by Hochschule Darmstadt, Germany. The coordinator of the team from Finland was Senior Lecturer in Marketing Pirkko Varis.

 

Get-together meeting

 

Multicultural student teams with members from six universities developed a communication strategy, and selected marketing communications tools and media for the target audience, young adults. Students worked through the whole campaign planning process: doing situation analysis, defining in details target audiences for the campaigns, deciding on communication strategies and objectives, creating the key message and big idea, planning creative execution, selecting marketing communications tools and media, and presenting the campaign.

 

Madelyn, Janita and Simon presenting the market survey report on Finland

 

Prior to travelling to Darmstadt, market surveys including focus group discussions were conducted in the mentioned countries, the results were presented in the beginning of the week, and the findings were used in the planning process.

 

Marten, Ralf, Pirkko, Laura, Ann and Pepe – staff members of the intensive course

 

Dr. Ralf Schellhase, Professor in Marketing from Darmstadt Business School introduced the assignment to all participants, and Prof. Dr. Benjamin Engelstätter from Hochschule Darmstadt delivered an introductory lecture on “Taking the fat out of Europe”, including key statistical information about obesity and overweight, and reasons for them.  Laura Campbell from Southampton Solent University, UK gave a presentation on “Communication strategy and customer insight”, and Pepe Martínez-Sáez, from CEU Universidad Cardenal Herrera, Spain on “Media strategies in a digital landscape, creativity and creative brief”. Marten Coerts from Inholland University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands gave a presentation about “Culture´s consequences on marketing communications”, and Ann Gemoets from Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen, Belgium on “Pitching the ideas”. All staff members of the universities worked as coaches for the teams.

One campaign presentation

 

Students planned in multidisciplinary teams integrated advertising and marketing communications campaigns. All teams gave presentations on their proposals in the end of the intensive course. The teams emphasized online marketing and digital, mobile and social media in their marketing communications proposals, and also traditional marketing tools were proposed by some of the teams.

 

View of Heidelberg city centre and Neckar River from the castle

 

The programme included also a welcome meeting, funny country presentations, time to explore Darmstadt, and in addition, Heidelberg or Frankfurt. On Friday after team presentations feedback and certificates were given to all students. In the evening a goodbye party was organised, and an award was given to the winning team.  Ralf Schellhase together with his team members offered us a really well-organised intensive course.

 

Thank you very much for your great hospitality!

 

View of the castle from Heidelberg Altstadt (old town)

 

In the following students from Finland share their experiences and thoughts of the intensive course and time in Darmstadt.

 

Janita Gaft:

 

“The whole trip was really amazing! I learned many new advertising practices that will be beneficial for my future projects. Working a week with people from a different field widened my view on marketing. The whole experience was valuable and exciting! I am also really proud that our team won as we worked really hard to brainstorm the idea. I was surprised to grow so close with some of the new people I met during the week.”

 

Madelyn Panzner:

 

“Thanks for the opportunity to take part in this project. All of us were really happy about the outcome. Personally, I learned a lot about different styles of working as the various nationalities and study fields all had different ways of viewing the topic given. Additionally, it was really interesting to work with the advertising students because the ideas really came to live and they use a lot of different tools that we don´t use in our field of study. Meeting and bonding with the people there was also nice and we had many different stories to tell.”

 

Simon Sørensen:

“This Intensive Program has been such an interesting experience from both learning and social point of view. I have achieved new working methods and friends, which for me are valuable beyond comparison. The intensive program has not only been about the actual topic, but also about teamwork and social outcome. Working in teams with different nationalities and working methods, but also different study fields, has been beneficial to reflect on my own process in group work.

The organizer made the experience cozy and made me feel comfortable. In the program there was time to experience the city of Darmstadt and get to know the other participants, which I did not expect, but I treasured a lot.”

Kasper Långsjö:

“My week in Darmstadt, Germany was excellent even though I had a flu during the week. These kind of study trips abroad are an excellent way to learn of other cultures especially since you are working there and not just on a holiday. I got to meet some amazing people and some that I still keep contact with. With this intensive course in special we had the opportunity to work with advertising students, and through that I learned a lot of new things compared to the usual courses we have at TAMK on the International Business studies.

One thing that also surprised me about the long days is that I actually enjoyed them since I felt more motivated to do the work and be creative when I was in a space with my team members without the ability to spend the time on something unnecessary.”

View of the surroundings from Hochschule Darmstadt

 

Text: Pirkko Varis

 

Photos:

Ralf Schellhase, Hochschule Darmstadt, University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Janita Gaft, Madelyn Panzner & Pirkko Varis, Tampere University of Applied Sciences

 

The following institutions participated in the intensive course:

Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen, Belgium

CEU Universidad Cardenal Herrera, Spain

Hochschule Darmstadt, University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Inholland University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands

Southampton Solent University, UK

Tampere University of Applied Sciences, School of Business and Services, Finland

Text and Photos: Tiina Brandt, Jennifer Johnson, Pia Hautamäki, Carolina Pajula

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A delegation from Y-Kampus TAMK visited Tel Aviv, Israel, with two goals:

  1. To understand the Israeli innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, the variables that make it successful, and how we can cultivate similar variables at TAMK
  2. To identify resources and networks that will be valuable for entrepreneurship training, student internship opportunities, and possible university collaborations, specifically for our upcoming new program.

This visit is a part of Y-Kampus’ ongoing research when preparing the new program, which is a new, 30-credits training program that will begin at Fall 2018. As a part of this program, participants will also be highly encouraged to complete an international internship. Because of Tel Aviv’s innovation and entrepreneurship renown, we have decided Tel Aviv to be one of the possible location.

Before our trip we were wondering what makes Israel so successful at entrepreneurship and innovations. After our explorative trip with many meetings of different delegations, the common explanations were that because of Israel’s lack of natural resources and because of Israel’s ongoing conflicts with many of its neighbors, the country has had an urgent need to be innovative and entrepreneurial throughout its history.

Israel’s innovative and entrepreneurial high-tech orientation is recognized globally and it is called as the “Start-Up Nation”. Three more reasons were given, for Israel’s success:

  1. Military service, which fosters strong teams, creativity, strong problem-solving skills and ability to dare to achieve the impossible
  2. Immigration; 9 out of 10 Jewish Israelis today are immigrants, and the diversity of background, experience, skills, and mindset has proven critical for innovation
  3. Government policies, which are very encouraging and supportive for investments in entrepreneurship and innovation.

The city of Tel Aviv has transformed into the financial center and entrepreneurial, technological hub of Israel. The city is very busy, and is just as lively at night as it is during the day. We will continue to apply our learning to Y-Kampus research, development, and programming. We look forward to continued collaboration with our new colleagues in Israel, and to the benefit these relationships on Y-Kampus and TAMK.

If you are interested to work towards future with us, please contact us for more information!

Y-Kampus TAMK Crew

www.y-kampus.fi/en

 

Text: Johannes Paavola

Photos: Saara Lehtonen

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The Outgoing Students office held a Study Abroad Fair at each of TAMK’s campuses in December to encourage first and second year students to go abroad for exchange studies and practical training. Students were able to browse a wide variety of promotional material from TAMK’s partner universities as well as ask questions about exchange destinations and practical matters from TAMK students who have already been on an exchange.

 

 

TAMK students have a wide selection of exchange destinations to choose from as TAMK has around 350 partner agreements with institutions around the world. Going on an exchange is often a life-changing event for a student and TAMK aims to provide each student who wishes to participate in exchange studies the opportunity to be curious and go abroad.

 

The next exchange application round (for Autumn 2018 and full academic year 18-19 exchanges) takes place 02.01.2018 – 21.01.2018.

Info sessions for students intending to apply:

Main campus auditorium D1-02  Wed 10 January at 11.30 – 13.00 (in English) and 14.00 – 15.30 (in Finnish).

Mediapolis, room Ada 10016, Thu 11 January at 13 – 14.30

Text: Andruta Ilie

Photo: Anna Vättö

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Nothing is unattainable to Finnish composer, arranger and orchestrator Jonne Valtonen. Renowned for his contributions in the field of demoscene, Valtonen was recently invited to write the music for the grand opening of the world’s only Moomin Museum. It turned out to be one more success added to Valtonen’s legacy, who lives and breathes music with courage and tenacity.

Jonne Valtonen

The Moomin Museum opened its doors in August 2017 in Tampere, and you wrote the musical composition for the opening gala. It must have been a big moment for you?

I’m very proud of it. I was asked to write the composition for the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra based on Tove Jansson’s novel collection “Tales from the Moominvalley“. The orchestra and the conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali liked it a lot, and we received a standing ovation and excellent feedback from the audience.

You started playing classical piano at the age of 9. Was that the beginning of your journey into music?

My aunt taught piano, and she would play old classical pieces and tell the stories behind them. I think that might affected me and made me want to learn how to play the piano.

My family had the first home computer on the block back in the 80’s, and I did my early compositions using a programme called Music studio with a Commodore 64. It was just dragging the notes in the right places with a joystick. I was listening to pioneers of electronic music like Jean-Michel Jarre at the same time with studying classical piano. And I discovered I could use the computer and classical piano to make my own music. That was fantastic!

And you continued exploring that path further into your teenage years…

It was the early days of the demoscene, and I spent most of my time in subgroups with people producing real-time coding and music. I was in a famous group called Future Crew. The time I spent with Future Crew reinforced my passion for music. Eventually, it all ended, and people got real jobs. Some started game companies and asked me to produce music for them. So, I thought I’d give this a serious shot – and it just got bigger.

What did you do back then that led to you being nowadays known as a famous orchestrator?

One fan asked me to write and make arrangements for the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. At first, I got panicked, but accepted to do it and spent months learning as much as I could. Then I realised I need to get an education on this, so I applied to TAMK’s Degree Programme in Music.

It’s been a very slow and painful process. You have to know yourself and your limits. Some people are born geniuses. If you’re not one of them, you can still try to go as far as you can. The most significant realisation came in my twenties: passion can turn into an actual profession.

Which Finnish composers have you met that have made an impression?

Kirmo Lintinen was the first living composer I’ve ever met, and that made a big impact. Lintinen was the first composer to show me that it’s possible to compose and be relevant. That’s why I chose to push it forward and make a living out of composing.

The second one was Jouni Kaipainen, Head of Composition during my studies at TAMK. He was brilliant. He knew literature, music and pretty much everything. Before meeting him, I saw that this profession is possible. But Kaipainen revealed the bigger picture about it.

Do you believe that you have made the most of your studies?

I tried to get as much as possible from the education because it was fabulous. I knew that if I didn’t do that, I wouldn’t be as good as I am today. I was told in the applicant’s interview: “We can’t make you a composer. We can show you things, but you’ll have to make yourself one.”

Teachers were exceptional and had achieved so much that it made you want to do your best and push yourself throughout your studies. As a student, you need to have the will to achieve your goals and be active. I read a lot about composing and knew some things about this and that, but some things were missing. The only way to get them was through studying.

What does music mean to you?

It’s an extension of me. It’s expression and communication and the way I can affect this world in a tiny bit. It’s something inner that pushes out even when I feel it doesn’t make any sense at all. It’s a tough job, and you question yourself a lot. But when the orchestra gets it right, it feels like the best thing ever. It transcends into something bigger.

How would you advise people who have not discovered their life’s purpose yet?

You always have to have a lot of courage. There were a couple of times when I was terrified to do something, but I forced myself to do it. For example, I was asked to write a Finnish tango for an orchestra. I had no previous experience, but I studied and rehearsed Finnish tango for one month. It turned out great, and people liked it. It could have turned out horrible, but that’s also a good thing. Then you know how not to write Finnish tango for an orchestra.

Life can be like this sometimes, and you have to go towards the fire. My advice would be not to drop out an opportunity because you’re afraid if it. I wouldn’t recommend being a composer to anyone, but if that’s what you want, dare to go out there and grab it. Just be courageous and make the most out of everything!

What are the unseen challenges behind your work as a composer, arranger and orchestrator?

It’s an unpredictable lifestyle. The income is not stable, so you have to accept the uncertainty that comes with this type of work. You will face failures and an insane amount of work. Studying sets the starting line, but there’s still a lot left to explore after graduation.

Throughout your career, you have won several awards. Do any of them weigh more than the other?

It’s great to know that people recognise and appreciate my work. But in some way, awards are by-products just like money. I’m very happy that I’m able to do what I do. That’s my award.