Aihearkisto: opiskelijaliikkuvuus

Experiencing Tourism Winter School 2018

My name is Rait and I am from Voru, Estonia. I study nature guiding/travel assistant program at Vorumaa Vocational Training Centre. Our program lasts for two years, from what I have completed first year. Our program is adult training program, so must of us actually work somewhere else.

This year I had unique possibility to take part in Tourism Winter School program at Gradia Jyväskylä. It was kind of exchange student program for three weeks, possibility to see how they study here, what they do and what they learn. Nextly you will be given an overview about what I did, how I felt and how was the outcome comparing to the expectations.

Firstly, after 13-hour trip from Voru to Jyväskylä, Finland, it was exhausting already. Trips by bus, ferry and little bit on foot had its own part to do. Minus degrees also have been following us for most of the three weeks here, so it got better as timed moved on.

Once arrived to the campus, we unpacked our things at dormitory rooms next to the main building and started to get ready. As it is now high season for winter activities, there were lots of active winter clothing, warm clothes, boots and hats in the luggage.

Then our program kicked off. Firstly we had meet-and-greet game with Finnish students. It was fun, well organized and at the same time chance to get to know each other. For me, as I was nearly double the age as most of students here, it was fun too. The first impressions were extremely positive – new building, modern equipment in the classrooms, good restaurant, lots of space. The classrooms itself are unique. Students lay on bean bags, relax, nobody really sits behind the table. For sure there are so-called normal classrooms too but they are boring, because they are the same in every country. Here they were for opposite, kind of innovative and relaxed. It felt good. Facilities and options to do sports or educate themselves are really good here. Quality is kind of key word here to describe the acitivites and mentality.

During the three weeks spent here I had possibility to try and take part in different winter outdoor activities. At the same time we had possibility to see and take part in preparations for outdoor activites. We tried snowshoeing, alpine skiing, fatbiking, skating, tour-skating, winter swimming and Finnish sauna. Also we had organized cultural programme by Finnish hosts at Jyväskylä surroundings. The activities were really well organized and smooth. The most important thing about winter outdoor activities was personal safety. For sure, everybody’s safety is everyone’s own thing to take care of, but it should always come first. Before any outdoor activities we were given instructions what to do and what is not allowed. Safety techniques, movement, keeping eyes open and looking around the area, it all is very improtant. As for equpment, it is basics that it has to be well suited, right size, proper clothing in layers and personal will to do something and learn. These three weeks have been for me as a great learning curve, because I did lots of things fist time in my life during the time spent here. For example alpine skiing, fatbiking, tour skating, snow soccer, snow frisby, cross country skiing. Everything comes down to the basic movement and techniques, will to learn and not to give up. It is not really important how many times you fall down, but how many times you get up. It matters the most and keeps going. In the end, even if some things are hard or tricky, it is still you, who are better than ever before. For me, I got more confidence doing different winter outdoor activities here, and had fun at the same time.

Because of the fact that Estonia and Finland are neighbouring countries and we have lots of in common, we have differences also at the same time. Living standards are totally different, as are the priorities among students. Students here do lots of things by themselves, not so much theory like we have. It all comes down to differences of personalities rather than what somebody likes. Everything is done or not done by free will of the persons and everybody learns to himself, not to the teacher or to the school. Finnish students seem serious about their studies, and it seems for me that vocational training centre is popular here. For example, in Estonia it is not so popular, but in Estonia it is more popular among adult students than among teenagers- Finnish students also can teach you or guide you before any activity  wintertime. It really amazed me how good teachers the Finnish students can be. Also students here do more, classrooms are for briefing, debriefing or for making different summaries or discussing and making plans.

In general it was really good chance that I could take part in Erasmus +  Tourism Winter School program at Gradia Jyväskylä for three weeks. The hosts organized lots of different activities, introducing their country, traditions, food, sightseeing and learning programme. I learned a lot, took part in every session, had fun. I can be proud to have had an experience like this one – one of it’s kind at Jyväskylä.

More information Hanna Syvälahti (at)gradia.fi and Timo Lehtonen (at)gradia.fi

 

Yrittäjyyskasvatuksen kehittämistä kansainvälisesti

Iso joukko ammatillisen koulutuksen yrittäjyyskasvatuksen ja kansainvälisyyden kanssa tekemisissä olevia ihmisiä kokoontui Jyväskylään 19.1.2018 esittelemään em. teemoihin liittyviä hankkeita ja kehittämistoimia.  Tilaisuus oli erittäin keskusteleva, siitä kiitos kaikille oppilaitosten sekä mm. Kaakkois-Suomen ely-keskuksen ja Koulutuksen tutkimuslaitoksen edustajille.

Seminaarissa esiteltiin useiden  oppilaitosten toteuttamia yrittäjyyttä ja kansainvälisyyttä yhdistäviä hankkeita. Yksi esillä olleista hankkista oli pohjois-irlantilaisen Norther Regional Collegen koordinoima VITAL – vitality, innovation, teamwork, achievement and leadership, jossa Gradia on myös mukana. Hankkeen toimijat Mari Seppänen (sote), Ahti Tunturi (kone- ja tuotantotekniikka) sekä opiskelijoiden työpajaan 2017 osallistunut ensihoidon opiskelija Niko Laakso kertoivat hankkeen tavoitteista ja toiminnasta.

Päivän antia tarkalla korvalla kuunteli  myös Jyväskylän Ammatillisen opettajakorkeakoulun koulutuspäällikkö Juha Hautanen. Hän summasi päivän päätteeksi antia seuraavasti:

Mitä on yrittäjyys? Se on ympäristön aktiivista seuraamista, mahdollisuuksien havaitsemista ja niiden hyödyntäminen. Yritys on vain yksi tapa toteuttaa sitä. Siihen tarvitaan rohkeutta ja erityisesti sitä. Pitää ottaa vastuu omasta elämästä. Yrittäjyys on aktiivista toimintaa. Siksi myös sen opiskelu on sitä.

Leave the building (Steve Blank):  Luokkahuoneessa on vaikea oppia yrittäjyyttä.  Siellä on asiakkaat. Meidän tulee tarjota turvallisia paikkoja yrittäjyyden harjoittelemiseen sekä siinä onnistumiseen ja epäonnistumiseen. Vähän kuin vauvaa tuetaan kävelemään oppimisessa. Tunne asiakkaasi. Mitä he tarvitsevat, mutta myös mitä sellaista he haluavat, mutta eivät osaa sanoa.

Keskity oppimisen suunnitteluun opetuksen suunnittelun sijaan. Oppilaan tavoitteiden saavuttaminen on kaikkein tärkeintä ja opettajien tehtävä on auttaa siinä. Jos hän ei tiedä mitä hän haluaa, niin meidän tehtävä on auttaa sen määrittelemisessä. Siinä voi käyttää hyväksi mm. Guy Kawasakin Sweet Spot määritelmää.

Yrittäjyys on matka omien unelmien saavuttamiseksi. Oppilaitokset auttavat tulkitsemaan sen, mitä maailma tarvitsee, mutta ennen muuta kehittymään hyväksi osaajaksi.

Yrittäjyys on osa nykyistä ja tulevaa opettajuutta. Se on valmentavaa  ohjausta. Oppija vastaa omasta tulevaisuudestaan ja oppimisestaan ja opettaja tukee sitä. Silloin myös opettajan tulee yrittäjähenkinen. Se tarjoaa mahdollisuuden myös opettajalle matkustaa kohti omia unelmia. Silloin voi vaikuttaa omaan työhönsä vaikuttaviin päätöksiin, voi käyttää ja kehittää omaa osaamistaan sekä tehdä todella merkittävää työtä tukemalla toisten haaveiden toteutumista.

Yrittäjyys on kansainvälisyyttä, sillä se ei tunne maantieteellisiä eikä poliittisia rajoja. Sitä tehdään siellä missä asiakkaat ovat. Sitä tehdään monipuolisten osaajien kanssa. Heidän kansalaisuuksien kirjo on enemmän rikkaus kuin rajoitus.

Kansainvälisyys on myös rohkeutta. Rohkeutta kansainvälistyä, kohdata ja kokea uusia ihmisiä ja kulttuureja. Kansainvälisyys on myös reitti uusiin innovaatioihin kuten Richard Florida todistaa. Kansainvälisyys on myös osa uteliaisuutta. Ilman uteliaisuutta ei mitään uutta synny.

Yrittäjyys, kansainvälisyys ja oppiminen luovat hyvinvoivan tulevaisuuden.

Lisätietoja: Rea Tuominen, kv.suunnittelija p.6159

 

Network of Networks in Glasgow

35 members from 16 VET colleges and four other organisations came together on Monday 2 October in Glasgow for three consecutive days of discussions and sharing project ideas. The Finnish network was represented by staff from all four VET providers Tredu, Varia, Salpaus and Jyväskylä.Jyväskylä Educational Consortium was represented by Chief IT and Quality Officer, Hanna Rajala and International Coordinators Milka Niskanen and Rea Tuominen.

Network of Networks is a cooperation forum of five national networks; Finn Net from Finland, The Dutch Alliance from the Netherlands, Colleges Partnership from West Scotland, Colleges NI from Northern Ireland and HETEL from the Basque country in Spain.

Topics discussed during the first project workshops were among other things: skills mismatch, digitalisation, continous professional development of VET staff, preparing VET staff for a less classroom based future as well as collaboration for improving commercial income streams.

More information Rea Tuominen

GBS St. Gallen in Jyväskylä

Board  members of GBS St. Gallen from Switzerland have visited Jyväskylä Educational Consortium for two very  intensive days 24-25 August 2017. 

The visitors were given an extensive overview of the organisation, education system and all the development going on at the moment. GBS St. Gallen is since several years a partner for the media  sector (printing, photography). They are also one of the external partners in the KA2 project Commercialpolis. One of the concrete aims of this visit was to expand this cooperation to other fields and to the strategic level as well.

Amongst many other things the principals and managers of GBS St Gallen (name list below) were introduced to Finnish vocational teacher training,  development regarding digitalisation of both processes and learning, quality assurance, language teaching and guidance processes. Teacher training was presented by Harri Keurulainen, Hannele Torvinen and Tuulia Kiilavuori from JAMK Teacher Education College.

Thursday afternoon the visitors met with Principal Pirjo Kauhanen to discuss the organisational changes and the VET reform.

Friday morning was devoted to regional development and global partnerships presented by Director of Development Anu Tokila and Programme Manager Marleena Tuuri.

 

During the visit both parties found out that, although there are significant systemic level differences, there are a lot of similiarities on strategic level that can be advanced through cooperation between the two VET providers. In the more immediate future there is hope to work on issues around digitalisation as well as staff and student mobilities. We are expecting the first mobilities to take place during this school year from electrical engineering and hairdressing programmes.

Participants from GBS St. Gallen

  • Lukas Reichle, director of GBS
  • Daniel Kehl,  deputy-director of GBS, head of vocational education and training at GBS
  • Thomas Klement, head of the technical departement of GBS
  • Patrik Forrer, head of the school of design of GBS
  • Nicole Bauer, head of KSD – social care team of GBS
  • Jürg Pfeiffer, head of paedagogical advice and support team of GBS
  • Michael Andrist, head of IT at GBS

More information on the Commercialpolis project:

http://www.commercialpolis.eu/project/about-commercialpolis/ project

Picture credit: Daniel Kehl

More information: Rea Tuominen, international coordinator

 

Business students in Jyväskylä

This spring has been very international in the business department of Jyväskylä College.  Since March we have hosted twelve students from Slovenia, Netherlands and Spain for three to ten weeks. Their programme has consisted of studies at the college and work placements in various retail shops around Jyväskylä.

Teacher Jaana Eirtovaara with Gladys and Sara at K Citymarket Seppälä.

Gladys, Sara, Claudia and Laura came from Malaga, Spain already in the end of March and will be staying until 5 June.  They have already been with us for a month and a half and Sara has learned a little bit of Finnish:  ”I’ve learned a few words in Finnish like moi, kiitos, terveydeksi, hyvää päivänjatkoa, no nii, some fruits and some numbers.”  

When we asked them what have been the best moments during their stay so far Claudia said she enjoyed especially the tour of the town and the frozen lakes. She also likes the fact that Jyväskylä seems to be (and is) a very safe place.  For Sara working at  K-Citymarket has been the best part of the stay. She says that people who work there try to make you feel as comfortable as possible which is wonderful to hear.

 

Niels (right), Len (left) and Aniek are business students from ROC Friese Poort in the Netherlands. They are staying in Finland for a total of five weeks and have been doing their placement in Palokka either at KCM or KappAhl.

 

 

Len recommends packing a good pair of shoes suitable for walking.  Aniek very kindly call our hills mountains 🙂 which is understandable considering how flat the Netherlands is compared to Finland but it’s true, in Jyväskylä you need to go up and down hills when getting from point A to point B! This can be especially challenging in the beginning when riding a bike but also a good way to get some excercise in while commuting from accommodation to the college or work.

Larisa, Dani, Mojca, Aljaz and Tina were the last group to arrive from Nova Gorica, Slovenia. They have been on placement in Minimani and Prisma Seppälä. For Mojca placement in Minimani has been the best part. ”I really enjoy working since it’s my first time working and I’m glad I had a chance to work in such an amazing place for the first time.”

We asked everyone our standard question: give three tops and tips (based on your own experience) to someone who is planning to come to Jyväskylä. How should they prepare? What should they do/see/visit/experience and this is what they had to say:

  • Learn some Finnish before coming, like ’en puhu suomea’ just in case.  (You can do it   free online here http://www.uuno.tamk.fi/ or  here http://www.oneness.vu.lt/fi/)
  • The people here are very nice and friendly, if you need anything they will always help you. The only disadvantage is that not all people speak English that good, but you can still talk about basic topics.
  • Visit Kuokkala bridge around 11 p.m. because at that time the lights turn on and it is just beautiful.
  • You should also see the ski jumping hill Matti Nykäsen Mäki, go on top of it and enjoy the view over Jyväskylä.

Regarding weather the opinions are mixed. Some recommend bringing a lot of warm clothes (it has been the coldest spring in over 50 years) and others recommend to prepare yourself to feel warmer than you expected – it isn’t as cold as they say.

It’s been lovely to have you all in Jyväskylä and hope you have a safe trip back home when your stay with us is over!

More information Jaana Eirtovaara (at)jao.fi