According to TAMK's strategy, we want to be the most international university of applied sciences. We are increasing our internationality by, for example, increasing our English-language training offering, focusing on international marketing and changing our recruitment principles. These means of internationalisation aim to ensure that TAMK has more international students and staff. For me, the superlative at the heart of TAMK's strategy means ambition of the goal, but also a variety of methods abroad and in Finland.
As my exchange is coming to an end, I am glad that I had the chance to participate in a course, which made me use all the theory from my previous studies and apply it in real business cases. Coming fourth in an International Business Case Competition was a surprising plus for my exchange studies in Tampere University of Applied Sciences.
Why are many Finnish students reluctant to participate in internationalization events and activities? During the past year, the development team in TAMK Business and Services organized a focus group in efforts of developing new possibilities for internationalization.
A truly international and highly customizable degree is rare. Yet in TAMK’s Bachelor’s Degree Programme in International Business, the students can choose from a great range of available specializations, complete two internships and acquire a Double Degree.
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.