Sharing Excellence Week was about making new contacts
Last week TUAS’ Sharing Excellence Week for Administrative Staff gathered over 70 foreign participants from all over the world in ICT City. Most of the participants came from Europe, but we also had guests from China and the United States.
Director of Study Abroad at Oklahoma State University, Jeffrey Simpson, said that during the week he had gotten ideas for cooperating with TUAS in different fields of education. He was especially grateful that he got the chance to talk to experts from different fields in higher education administration. The international group of participants also formed a versatile forum for sharing experiences with colleagues from different countries.
The aim of the week was to share good practices among administrative staff, according to TUAS' strategic plan, Excellence in Action. The programme included e.g. a workshop titled Digitalisation of HEI Services – Challenges and Future Trends, during which Head of Learning Environment Services Mika Suutari roused the participants to contemplate on their work from the viewpoint of digitalisation. In addition, the week included lectures, sessions, learning café discussions and visits with library, career and recruitment, communications, learning environment, HR, RDI and international services and quality management.
On Friday, the guests travelling home were tired but happy. They thought that the programme was very rewarding and in addition to new ideas, they got to take with them summery memories from Turku.
The highlight of the social programme was the sauna evening which took place by the sea in windy but sunny Ruissalo.