In March 2011 we were excited at TAMK when our first International Week for Engineering was about to begin. The invitations were sent six months earlier and followed by planning, innovation, organisation, messaging, preparations and finishing. Now we were finally about to welcome our foreign guests.
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.
Dimitra’s international mindset has led her from Greece to further north in Europe. On her way she has seen universities in the Netherlands and in Finland as a student as well as an employee. An eye-opening experience, she says.
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.
To serve a youngster in today’s educational world, a university must acknowledge the aim for life after studies. As the world gets smaller, it is most likely set with international aspect, even if never crossing a country border.