Virtual exchanges have been a cooperation form with our international partner institutions for several years. A number of student groups from Tampere University of Applied Sciences have worked with foreign students and teachers online.
About a year and a half ago, TAMK started a cooperation project with the South Italian University of Salerno. The multiphase process with negotiations and visits eventually led to beginning of cooperation with the Department of Management & Innovation Systems’ 3CLAB laboratory. The laboratory aims at supporting local and international organisations in different phases of internationalisation by producing education, research and services in the field of cross-cultural competence.
Last year I made a decision that surprised myself. Going to Tampere for an exchange study. There is a voice in my heart that keeps screaming: go outside and take a look. Now I have been in Finland for nearly half month, let me talk about what I have experienced.
People often say exchange is the best time of their academic year, when everything is brand new, you were rejuvenated and feel like a freshman again. My experience was a bit different, though. My 4 months in Japan was not necessary the best time of my life but had granted me many life changing experiences.