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Some NICE network members and a view to Wachau valley in Dürnstein

Some NICE network members and a view to Wachau valley in Dürnstein

 

Pirkko Varis with other NICE network participants

Pirkko Varis with other NICE network meeting participants

In summer 2016 Pirkko Varis from Tampere University of Applied Sciences participated in the annual NICE network meeting, organized at IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems in Austria. The organizational team consisted of Max Schachner, Regina Parzer and other staff members of the International Relations Administration who organized a great meeting for all of us.

Opening session of NICE network meeting at Campus Krems

 

On the red carpet at Campus-Ball Krems

On the red carpet at Campus-Ball Krems

The welcome speech was given by Karl Ennsfellner, CEO & Head of International Relations, and the presentation of the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems was done by Max Schachner, Deputy Head of International Relations. The programme included plenary and workshop sessions on intercultural learning, the role of HEIs in the integration of refugees, assessment of funding bids and many other issues.  We also had a chance to attend the Campus-Ball Krems, including the red carpet experience, an opening show, other entertainment and dancing. What a feeling!

Anneliis, Pirkko, Nijole and Rafael on a cruise on Danube River

Anneliis, Pirkko, Nijole and Rafael on a cruise on Danube River

 

Regina and some of us having a nice time on a  Danube cruise ship

Regina and some of us having a nice time on a Danube cruise ship

We did cruising on the Danube River in the Wachau valley with a river cruise ship of BRANDNER Schiffahrt. The Wachau (“Wachau Cultural Landscape”) is a UNESCO world heritage site and a very beautiful tourist destination, located between the Melk and Krems.  We visited the city of Melk and had a guided tour of Melk Abbey.  We also visited Dürnstein and had a dinner at a typical Austrian wine tavern.

Regina in the city of Melk

Regina in the city of Melk

 

Our group with a view to Melk Abbey

Our group with a view to Melk Abbey

 

 Dinner at a typical Austrian wine tavern

Dinner at a typical Austrian wine tavern

We visited the winery Lenz Moser where we made a tour through the wine cellar. The representatives of Lenz Moser told us about the winery and marketing of the products. We also had a wine tasting with the possibility to taste typical wines of the region, for example Grüner Veltliner.

 Lenz Moser Weinkellerei

Lenz Moser Weinkellerei

 

A tour at Lenz Moser winery

A tour at Lenz Moser winery

We made a walking tour in the city of Krems to see the key attractions.  The daily programme was organized at Campus Krems, meeting the highest international standards.  During the city tour we were able to visit the IMC International Campus “Piaristengasse”, located in the former Piarist monastery at the heart of the old town. The campus has ultra-modern lecture theatres and technical equipment, and the Baroque ceremonial hall and charming inner courtyard add to the distinctive feel of the campus.  In addition to other programme, we did a lot of networking. In the evenings we enjoyed music, entertainment and traditional Austrian meals.

IMC International Campus “Piaristengasse”

IMC International Campus “Piaristengasse”

 

Krems an der Donau

Krems an der Donau

Thank you for the amazing experience and great Austrian hospitality!

 

Text: Pirkko Varis, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, TAMK School of Business and Services

Photos:  Regina Parzer, IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems, Austria & Pirkko Varis, Tampere University of Applied Sciences 

 

What is NICE network?

The New Initiatives and Challenges in Europe, NICE network is a network for representatives of more than 35 business schools, faculties and departments of business and economics.  They work together in order to develop curricula, joint projects, intensive courses, exchanges, internships and other cooperation. Pirkko Varis from Tampere University of Applied Sciences has taken part for more ten ten years in the NICE network and in the projects initiated by the members of the network. For example the IICEE European module was developed by some partners and now it is part of the curriculum in several universities throughout Europe. In annual meetings of the network study programmes and methods are compared, new initiatives are discussed and proposals are made for cooperation and development of the network.  The Quality Charter of the NICE network and other information is available on the website of the network at http://nice-network.net

 

 

 

St.Gallen

St.Gallen

Swiss alphorn music

Swiss alphorn music

In summer 2015 Pirkko Varis from Tampere University of Applied Sciences participated in the annual NICE network meeting, organized at FHS St.Gallen, University of Applied Sciences. The organizational team consisted of Karin Pfister, Monica Alvarez, Petra Bächler, Mathias Kleiner and some other persons from FHS St.Gallen. They organized a wonderful meeting for all of us.

NICE Network meeting 2015 participants (Karin and Mathias in the front row)

NICE Network meeting 2015 participants (Karin and Mathias in the front row)

 

Presentation of FHS St.Gallen

Presentation of FHS St.Gallen

The programme included plenary and workshop sessions on strategic partnerships and other aspects of ERASMUS+, student and staff mobility, intercultural learning, blended learning and digital pedagogy, conversion of grades and many other issues. Pirkko participated in a very well organized workshop “How students and companies benefit from Applied Sciences – the concept of Consulting Projects at FHS St.Gallen”, coordinated by Mathias Kleiner. We got detailed information, how these successful consulting projects are organized and managed. In addition to other programme, we did a lot of networking.

 

A view from Hoher Kasten in Switzerland to Austria, Germany and Liechtenstein

Pirkko with other participants having lunch at Hoher Kasten Drehrestaurant

 

We made some visits to the Swiss alps, including a visit to Hoher Kasten with a view to Austria, Germany and Liechtenstein and a visit to Appenzell where many of us bought famous alpine cheese Appenzeller for our families.

A view from Hoher Kasten in Switzerland to Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein

A view from Hoher Kasten in Switzerland to Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein

A view from Hoher Kasten cable car to Appenzell

A view from Hoher Kasten cable car to Appenzell

 

Appenzell

Appenzell

 

Some of us visited Maestrani chocolate factory. The company was founded in 1852 by Aquilino Maestrani. The company produces high-quality chocolate and it also opens its factory building in Flawil to visitors. We made the factory tour and we also could make our own chocolate. Very tasty!

Chocolate made by us in Maestrani chocolate factory

Chocolate made by us in Maestrani chocolate factory

We made walking tours in the old St.Gallen and visited the Abbey library of St.Gall, which possesses today about 170000 works. At the heart of this collection are the 2100 manuscripts, of which no less than 400 date from before the year 1000. In the evenings we enjoyed music, entertainment and traditional Swiss meals.

Abbey library of St.Gall

Abbey library of St.Gall

 

A view from FHS St.Gallen to the railway station and city

A view from FHS St.Gallen to the railway station and city

Thank you for the great Swiss hospitality!

 

Pirkko with other participants having lunch at Hoher Kasten Drehrestaurant

Pirkko with other participants having lunch at Hoher Kasten Drehrestaurant

 What is NICE network?

The New Initiatives and Challenges in Europe, NICE network is a network for representatives of more than 35 business schools, faculties and departments of business and economics. They work together in order to develop curricula, joint projects, intensive courses, exchanges, internships and other cooperation. Pirkko Varis from Tampere University of Applied Sciences has taken part for many years in the NICE network and in the projects initiated by the members of the network. For example the IICEE European module was developed by some partners and now it is part of the curriculum in several universities throughout Europe. In annual meetings of the network study programmes and methods are compared, new initiatives are discussed and proposals are made for cooperation and development of the network. The Quality Charter of the NICE network and other information is available on the website of the network at http://nice-network.net

Text: Pirkko Varis, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, TAMK School of Business and Services

Photos: Petra Bächler, FHS St.Gallen, Switzerland & Monika Didžgalvytė, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania

 

House of Blackheads in Riga

House of Blackheads in Riga

In summer 2014 Pirkko Varis from Tampere University of Applied Sciences participated in the annual NICE network meeting, organized at the Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management, Riga Technical University. The organizational team consisted of Inga Lapina, Jolanta Jurēvica, Natalja Lāce and some other persons from RTU.

Riga 2

The programme included plenary and workshop sessions on strategic partnerships within ERASMUS+, institutional accreditation and evaluation systems, student and staff mobility, blended learning, placements, internationalization of curricula and grade transfers. In addition, we did a lot of networking.

Riga 3

Pirkko, Thomas and Frantisek with other participants trying to recognize own bread

Pirkko, Thomas and Frantisek with other participants trying to recognize own bread

Some visits were made to old Riga, Jūrmala, the biggest seaside resort in the Baltic States and to a national park. We also visited a bakery where we made our own bread. In the end of the visit we got our bread with us and after returning home the bread reminded us of the really nice stay in Riga.

Trip to Jūrmala

Trip to Jūrmala

 

Trip to a national park

Trip to a national park

Thank you for organizing the fantastic meeting for all of us!
Text : Pirkko Varis, TAMK
Photos: Regina Parzer, IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems, Austria

What is NICE network?

The New Initiatives and Challenges in Europe, NICE network is a network for representatives of more than 35 business schools, faculties and departments of business and economics. They work together in order to develop curricula, joint projects, intensive courses, exchanges, internships and other cooperation. Pirkko Varis from Tampere University of Applied Sciences has taken part for many years in the NICE network and in the projects initiated by the members of the network. For example the IICEE European module was developed by some partners and now it is part of the curriculum in several universities throughout Europe. An intensive programme was developed based upon the module, too. In annual meetings of the network study programmes and methods are compared, new initiatives are discussed and proposals are made for cooperation and development of the network. The Quality Charter of the NICE network and other information is available on the website of the network www.nicenetwork.eu