Here are some answers from the ISEW Admin Staff 2014 participants to our question:
The reasons for choosing the University of Helsinki / Finland?
I was very impressed with the information provided on the University of Helsinki website at http://www.helsinki.fi/university/ which led me to doing further research into some of the IT student support services related areas which I wanted to know more about. UH is ranked in the top 100 out of world's 15 000 universities and the goal is to become the 50th ranked in the world.
The programme looked interesting, well organised and efficient.
Helsinki is a University with a good reputation and Finland is somewhere I have always wante to visit but hadn't had an opportunity to yet.
What was the best experience during the ISEW Admin Staff 2014 in Helsinki?
Meeting my peers (both the colleagues from the Research department as well as the other ISEW participants being Research department members.
The whole week was truly brilliant! The organisation was flawless from start to finish. I felt informed all the way throughout and always looked after but also given the chance to be flexible when needed... The group gelled well together and friendships were able to evolve organically due to the nature of the programme.
For me it was very important to have a look at how University Of Helsinki supports its students and look into how they have developed it to enhance student experience. Kaisa and the newly built Alexandria Learning centre were the key turning points for me during my exchange week. Going from old to new learning centre gave me an insight on how UH put allot of thought and consideration in creating a library made for its students.
Any other comments you wish to make?
After my time in Finland I came back to work with an uplifted spirit, and somehow renewed by this experience.
I will keep great memories of this week, and also hope to keep contact with many of the colleagues I have known.
When can I come back? Thank you very much for all week!!!
Please keep up your good work, and do not loose your ability to keep a good attitude while working hard for what you believe in.