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Greetings from our staff

Name

Turo Kilpeläinen, President 

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How did you end up in KAMK?   

I studied at KAMK in 1999 and I went for exchange to Netherlands.  After the exchange I continued my studies at Jyväskylä University. After graduation, I worked at KAMK as a Senior Lecturer in data processing. When the president’s position opened I was asked to apply for the position. I wondered “why not” and applied for the job. And here I am!

How do you spend your free time?  

I have two children, so a lot of time goes on their hobbies. Luckily I do have time for my own hobbies as well, among others ice hockey and running. I also coach a junior ice hockey team with Kajaani Hokki.

Best thing about KAMK?          

Definitely the students. It is great to see the students' personal growth, and how they have developed during their studies. It is a good feeling.

 

Name

Ruey Komulainen, Lecturer 

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What do you teach?

I teach marketing, management and Chinese Mandarin language when needed toin English-taught sports and international business programs. I also teach in Finnish-taught programs when we have cross program projects.

How did you end up in KAMK?  

I am originally from Malaysia. I have worked and lived in many Asian cities before moving to Finland 8+ years ago. Before I started teaching I worked 13.5 years in a legal firm and two international banks. I became a teacher at KAMK purely by chance! I did my practical training at KAMK as part of my pedagogy certification at JAMK University of Applied Sciences. 

How do you spend your free-time?

I am a part time doctoral student in Oulu University in the field of interactive mobile marketing. I enjoy reading, baking, cooking, dancing, walking and painting during my free time. Also, I enjoy spending time with my family and children. My son is 12 years old and my daughter 14.

Best thing about KAMK? 

Internationality and friendly working environment. Also working with students with different backgrounds.

My motto is 

''I hope my positive energy and actions can inspire and infect others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more'' — adapted from John Quincy Adams

 

Name 

Joona Tolonen, Lecturer 

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What do you teach?               

Basics of data processing, also in English when needed. I am also involved in many projects.

How did you end up in KAMK? 

I am originally from Kajaani but I studied at JAMK University of Applied Sciences. After my studies I worked in a company called Elektrobit and at the same time I did my Master’s Degree in Oulu. In Elektrobit I worked as a software developer but it was not my cup of tea. I applied for project work in KAMK and ended up as a teacher. The best things about being a teacher are working with people and influencing young people, which have always been close to my heart.

Best thing about KAMK?

Good teachers and the freedom of doing. We also have one of the best infrastructure to teach our students, and we cooperate with both local and national companies.

 

Name 

Marjukka Turunen, Lecturer 

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What do you teach? 

Sports and Activity Tourism in Finnish and in English, for example gymnastics and musical exercise.

How did you end up in Kajaani? 

Before coming here, I taught sports in secondary school and in high school. When the sports teacher position opened I decided to apply. KAMK was already familiar to me because I have also graduated from KAMK (Bachelor of Hospitality Management). At KAMK the teaching is much more diverse than, for example, in high school. Teaching is not only lecturing, I also do different projects with the students and get to work with real customers. I like the fact that I can contribute both my strengths (sports and tourism) in the unique programme that combines sports and tourim.

How do you spend your free time?

With my favourite hobbies pole dancing and gym.

Best thing about KAMK?    

 “Doing” spirit and positive attitude!

 

Name  Peter Stricker  
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How did you end up in KAMK?                

Exactly 10 years ago I left Germany and immigrated to Finland. After working as a ski instructor in Lapland and studying Finish and entrepreneurship in Oulu, I planned my own tourism company in Vuokatti. I was just establishing my own business when Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (KAMK) was looking for a lecturer especially for their English taught programs. I applied and was chosen. In August 2007 I started to teach in the tourism and international business program. 

How do you spend your free time?

I try to spend as much of my free- time as possible with my family: my two kids, wife and dog. During the summer months my main sport is cycling (road and mountain). When there is snow on the ground I prefer to practice downhill skiing and ski touring. The whole year around though you will most likely find me in the gym.

Best thing about KAMK? 

Kajaani University of Applied Sciences’ strength is to be a small university! Teachers do know their students personally. Communication between both is easy and uncomplicated. KAMK teachers can be very flexible in order to generate even tailor made study plans for students if necessary.

Even for a small place like Kajaani, KAMK offers a true international learning environment due to its international programs and numerous exchange students each semester.



A students' view

A student's view

 

Simone (from Germany)
Degree program: International Business Studies (exchange student)

"Hi, my name is Simone and I am an international business student from Germany. At the moment I am spending two exchange semesters at KAMK. After my first couple of month in Kajaani I am still extremely happy with my decision. I found a town with friendly and helping people and an inspiring atmosphere with room for creativity.
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I consciously decided to spend my exchange year in Kajaani. First of all for studying reasons: for me it is important to have small study groups and a university with practical focus. As I experienced it from my home university, studying at a small university has many advantages, for example more intensive mentoring and support from the lecturers, more time for discussions and a familiar atmosphere. And secondly: because you have a life beside your studies, the living environment is also very important. I like being outdoors, doing lot of sports (especially mountain biking and hiking) and having a passion for nature photography, Finland -and especially Kajaani- offers me excellent free-time opportunities. 

I really appreciate the practical focus promoted by KAMK. The university offers a lot of projects connected with real business life where you can bring the theory into practice. One of my projects so far you can see right in front of you: I had the opportunity to improve the web page www.studyinkajaani.fi. The best thing about this project was that I could bring in a lot of knowledge and skills: my theoretical knowledge I learned during my studies (especially in marketing), my work experience I gathered before starting my studies and my passion for photography when taking the pictures for this web page. This project showed me how motivating it is when you work on something you are really interested in. I hope you will also have such moments when studying here. KAMK offers you a lot of opportunities – but you have to take them.

And by the way: in some ways Kajaani isn´t small at all! As I am studying with lot of students from different countries all over the world, it feels not small at all.

Come to Kajaani and experience it."

 

 

 

 

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