Belarusian Experts on a visit to TAKK (#55/100)

Visitors of the Summer

July did wittness still one group of Belarusian experts. The group was on a search for training modules for Human Resource Management. TAKK is strong in running modules of the Specialist Qualification in Management and of the Further Qualification in First-Line Management.

The group was hosted by the top leaders, Principal Teppo Tapani and Director of Enterprise Services Olli-Pekka Tuomi.

“Kill two birds with one stone” (#52/100)

by Riitta Juusenaho, TAKK

This old saying definitely hit my button, as I was invited to give a speech in the 5th National Initiative Education Forum in Beijing and  Principals´ Forum of Guangzhou-Hong Kong-Macau Big Bay Area last month. What a great opportunity to advertise our Educational School Camps! Free!

So Ms Jin Muranen from GTE (Global Tampere Education) and I jumped on the plane. In Beijing it was nice summer weather but in Guangzhou we were hit by the tropical heat. Two ladies from the frosted North to a 38 Celsius degree heath, oh boy, oh boy. But we fought like Finns do.

Global Tampere Education well presented in Beijing

When you go to seminars in China, you will soon find out that there are not ten, but hundreds or even thousands of people in the audience, and they are really interested in what you are saying. Especially when it comes to the Finnish education.

For me as a former teacher and a principal, it is always very strange how things that you as a Finn find as a matter of course in schools are new innovations and confusing phenomenons for others. For example school camp pedagogy. Or learning outside classrooms and school buildings or the deep trust between teachers and administrators. Or the lack of inspection system in our schools. Continue reading

TAKKCareer Booster in ON (#48/100)

TAKKCareeerBooster is ON!

by Ulla Virtanen, TAKK

Remember the hash code blog? Well, our TAKKCareerBooster (Erasmus+ application) has been accepted. This means, we can now send our students, staff members and Tampere Chamber of Commerce member company partners to European learning periods for the next two years. Starting in August – after our few holiday weeks in saunas and faraway cottages, the TCB team will get organised and start processing the candidate applications. Happy to do this!

The question is, why should you go?

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Sino-Finnish Implementation – pls join! (#47/100)

First group of Sino-Finnish Experts in Beijing 2016

Networks and competence for the China education ”connoisseurs” of Finland and vice versa, this is what the Sino-Finnish Education Research Centre (SFERC) coordinated by the University of Tampere (UTA) arranges, this time in the form of a capacity development training programme in August. TAKK is part of the group of institutions organising the workshop. UTA, TAMK and TAKK in the Finland end host professionals, who are already engaged in or who aspire to work on Sino-Finnish education cooperation. Beijing Normal University, National Institute of Education Science (NIES), National Academy of Education Administration (NAEA), Peking University, University of Science and Technology Beijing and Jiangsu Agency for Educational Evaluation. Heavy team of experts, I would say! Continue reading

Steering Groups: TOITA Project Building Networks and Export Competence (#46/100)

Steering groups are part of the work in VET institutions. Participating in goal-oriented and discussive steering groups gives depth to one’s own workload and networks in the region. Steering groups members pass hopefully many visions and insights to the project team members.

TOITA (ESF) Project

The ESF project Talents of Immigrants to Activity in Tampere University of Applied Sciences develops integration service model, originally from the Hyvä alku Project of Kotona Suomessa. TOITA Project Pilot groups gather together immigrants of Tampere region in order to create export business know-how for the participants and for developing internationalisation opportunities for growing businesses, namely companies. Continue reading

Finnish Education System in Short – Visitors from South Korea (#44/100)

by Ulla Virtanen, TAKK

You know how you are supposed to be able to give an elevator speech in one minute? How about making it about the Finnish education system? How many minutes you need to take? TAKK had the privilege of hosting a South Korean group of visitors through KEDI, the Korean Educational Development Institute this week. The challenge was, how to formulate the topics of adult education, competence-based education system and lifelong learning into a compact package.

Happy visitors in TAKK Nirva

Which key words would you use?

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Education Cafés as Channels to Professions (#19/100)

Coffee, the almost sacred drink of the Finns (try staying awake, sharp and cheerful 16 hours in the Northern dark winter…), turns into the wonderful and meaningful main ingredient of the cafeteria style collaboration event of Koulutuscafé.

Education Café – The Door to a Profession.

Education Café

Education Café – Tampere Region Education Event

For the student candidates in the event, there is plenty of need to drink coffee and be sharp, as one shops around the Tampere regional education providers’ desks in order to find the door that pleases oneself the most. It is the student market in Finland nowadays to choose oneself the right study path. Our job is to guide and counsel the applicants with our best competence.

Education Cafés are open guidance events for the adult students and students-wanna-be of our region in Tampere. Education Cafés are open to all and there is a possibility to have individual guidance in the events. TAKK is a partner in the large network of organisers, together with TE Services and ELY Centre. TAKK Student Services team members are present – have a cup of coffee with the Student Advisors and Counsellors. Cheers!

Did-you-know: Coffee entered the Kingdom of Sweden-Finland more than 300 years ago. The king Gustaf IV Adolf himself acknowledged the dependence of his subordinates to coffee 200 plus years ago. Finally one hundred plus years ago Finland got it’s own coffee roasting factories. We Finns admit we are addicted to coffee. TAKK staff members drank 134 532 cups of coffee only in 2015. And that is peanuts in coffee nuts.