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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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