Odense - the city of H.C. Andersen and multimedia design

Last week I spent some days in Odense, Denmark, participating in a meeting of the DETVET-project.

One of the project partners is SDE-college, which also is a TAMK partner, but the cooperation has not been very intense. But things change, now Odense is one of the most promising partners for IMP, our Degree Programme in Media.

There are a couple of earlier blog posts describing our connections to Odense. Last year exchange student Ania Ciuba made her final thesis project in our school, and a couple of weeks ago lecturer in exchange Michael Koch gave a workshop called Flash for Mobile Devices.

The education in Odense is developing in the same direction as in Tampere. Focus has been moved from teaching to learning outcomes. Learning happens in open learning environments, in projects, in cooperation with the real world and lecturers are coaches.

Two SDE programmes, Multimedia Designer and BA in Web Development work in a previous textile factory building like we do, and the number of international students is impressive. They also hire international lecturers, I had a long cup of coffee with my old friend Adam Montandon (UK), who decided to leave company and create interactive media with the students in Odense instead. Adam is EUROPRIX winner 2004, so Odense really invests in world class education!

Twin cities Tampere and Odense

Keld Moseholm Jørgensen 'Kejserens nye Klæder' (The Emperor's New Clothes)
Odense and Tampere have been twin cities (sister cities) since 1966, and they are alike in many ways; both have some 200 000 inhabitants and lots of international students, both have streaming water and beautiful parks in the city centre. Tampere has Finlayson, Odense has Brandts Klædefabrik etc.

Tampere is proud of her many famous writers, in Odense you can find Hans Christian Andersen inspired sculptures everywhere.

I'm sure during the next years you will read many posts on this blog about our projects with Odense and about the adventures of IMP students in Odense.