Unforgettable summer in Torneå summer school
Summer School on Arctic Cooperation and Cross Border Expertise brings to Tornio lecturers from Lapland UAS’s European partner universities and Fulbright scholars from the USA.
The summer school with themes of importance to the Arctic area is
rather an interesting opportunity for both the lecturers and the
students. In June there are students from China, Vietnam, Russia, Angola
and Finland. More nationalities will be represented in July and August.
Michael Brown came to Torneå Summer School as a
Fulbright scholar. He arrived in Rovaniemi, Lapland already last August
and is now considering doing law studies in Rovaniemi.
originally from California, has specialised in Arctic strategies and
policies on which he also gives lessons in Torneå at the summer school.
- In comparison to Finland the USA may not pay so much attention to these questions, Michael tells about his observations.
Molly Schwartz, the other Fulbright scholar from the USA joined the summer school at the beginning of June.
At the summer school in Torneå 30 students in all have enrolled, but about ten students are present at a time. Aleksandra Domina from Kostamus, Russia is one of the few students taking part in every summer school study modules.
opportunity for Aleksandra to make many new international friends
sharing professional interest areas of her own. Coming from Kostamus a
town near the Finnish border, she has not suffered from any kind of a
cultural shock but has been able to tutor those coming from more distant
The summer school students are accommodated in the
same dormitory building which, according to Aleksandra, is nice. So far
they have thrown a barbeque party and are now planning a trip to
- Teachers are so nice, so young and so smart!, Aleksanda rejoices when asked about the best parts of the summer school.
Senior lecturer Teresa Chen
is one of the summer school organisers at Lapland University of Applied
Sciences. According to her the topics of education modules have been
chosen so that they could easily be accommodated within several degree
programmes and provide the best possible benefit for the students to
proceed with their studies.
For the UAS’s own students the summer
school is an excellent way to familiarise themselves with new cultures.
Due to different kinds of situations in life, going abroad for exchange
is not an option for everyone.
- All the lectures are delivered
face-to-face, which is important in this case. This is what we call
“Internationalisation at home”, says Teresa.
The summer school
takes place from June 1 to August 28 and during which 30 ETCS of study
modules are offered. The main topics are divided into three sections of
10 ECTS each: 1 Cross-cultural Management with Michael Brown (USA),
Teresa Chen (Lapland UAS) and Alexander Seryakov (Russia), 2.
Digitalisation and ICT-services with Molly Schwartz (USA), Johanna
Vuokila (Lapland UAS) and Anthony Okuogume (Lapland UAS) and 3.
International Marketing with Marc Clerk (Belgium), Paul de Jong
(Netherlands) and Mika Saloheimo (Lapland UAS).
The themes closely
align with the strategic priorities of Lapland University of Applied
Sciences: managing distances, service business and entrepreneurship,
smart use of natural resources and safety and security issues.
For further inquiries please contact senior lecturer Teresa Chen, teresa.chen
Tel. +358 50 310 9213.
Summer school participants having a barbeque party. Michael Brown sitting on the right.