Internationalisation took many forms at JAMK in 2014. For example, the Summer School brought students from all over the world to Jyväskylä and the Day at Work event allowed foreign students to learn about Finnish working life.

JAMK Summer School: Over 100 students with different cultural backgrounds

More than 100 students from all around the world studied at the JAMK Summer School in summer 2014. They came to Jyväskylä from partner universities in, for example, the United States, Canada, Argentina and Singapore.
The School of Business offered them a ten credit study module entitled Creativity and Communication in Business, comprising practical skills and theory related to business. The programme included an introduction to Latin American, Russian and Nordic business cultures, among other things.

Health Promotion Management was intended for students working towards a master’s degree. The Summer School was implemented as part of a double degree programme together with the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences in Austria. The Physical Activity and Health Promotion programme organised in August was for students of social and health studies.

The Teacher Education College’s Creativity, Learning and Quality of Life workshops focused on creative thinking and problem-solving, the relationship between dance and movement in learning and the significance of art in increasing awareness. The leisure activities included storytelling theatre.

The Summer School activities will continue this year. Read more.

Day at Work brought Chen to JAMK

The international Day at Work event was organised in Jyväskylä in October by the Team Finland network in Central Finland. The event was the first of its kind in Jyväskylä and all of Finland. The event was attended by 32 companies and 41 foreign students representing different fields.

During the day, enterprises in Central Finland as well foreign students from the University of Jyväskylä and JAMK got to know each other. The students got to experience Finnish working life and the companies learned about the expertise the students might offer to them. The fees paid by the employers to the students for the day’s work were donated to the Day at Work collection intended to promote education and safe everyday life for homeless children in Zambia and Kenya.

The students performed different duties at the companies. The day’s activities included learning about the companies and their activities, based on which the students conducted, for example, marketing analyses. The companies’ personnel got to practice their language skills by talking to the students and learned about the students’ culture and the company’s industry in the student’s home country. Many students were given different translation tasks related to, for example, social media and marketing materials such as websites, brochures and company introduction materials.

Chinese student Chen Mengsi spent the day at JAMK marketing services. Chen Mengsi provided great tips concerning international student communications and analysed, for example, the JAMK website. Chen is a student in the JAMK International Business degree programme.

“It was very interesting to hear how student communications, for example, are managed in China. The channels of social media are also completely different from those in Finland," says JAMK student intranet administrator and planning officer Marja-Kaarina Markkanen.

Day at work brought Chen to JAMK.