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Last Wednesday (6.11.2013) we organized an international event in the Laurea Kerava library as a part of Kerava International Week 2013. The event took place from 2 pm to 4 pm with interesting activities for the guests as well as food and beverages. About 50 guests attended.  Photo-booth

We had a presentation about an exchange experience to Ismir, Turkey.  Also written stories about students’ experiences in various countries were on display.  There were entertaining activities like Origami teaching, a language and dancing game. The visitors could have their name written in Japanese, Greek and Bengali alphabets and they could take funny pictures with friends in a photo booth. There was a nice atmosphere and everyone seemed to enjoy the evening. Especially the decoration and activities were commented positively.


From our point of view, it was a great experience to organize the event with the library.  We had creative team members and a high team spirit to make the event successful.  The preparations took 1,5 months to plan the program, decoration, create posters and to get everything ready for the event day.  We had face-to-face meetings and used our own wikipage for discussions and uploading necessary files. The wiki was an easy and efficient way to cooperate.  collage

Our aim was to make the guests feel comfortable and enjoy the event as well as to promote internationality. The positive comments during the evening were motivating  and assured us that we delivered a successful event.

Greetings from the event’s organizational team
Janni-Julia, Reiko, Tina (students) and Dimitra (library assistant)


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On Wednesday 10.4 we were very happy to welcome the staff of Kerava unit for our Indian themed afternoon.

IT lecturer, Arvind and his wife Mini Sharma gave a presentation of the Indian wedding traditions, while showing pictures from their own wedding days at the same time. Yes “days”, it is in plural for a reason! Did you know the wedding ceremonies last for three days? Everything is being planned for months. And when the time comes, the bride and groom are treated like Queen and King!


The library was decorated with flowers, which is an important element in the Indian wedding,  and spices to add a touch of India. We also prepared a buffet with fresh fruits, the grapes were actually imported from India. A real Indian taste was the pulav Mini cooked for all of us. It is a dish with rice, vegetables and yogurt. A nice combination of spices and yogurt freshness satisfied every pallet!

We all had a great time. It was very interesting to learn about traditions in India and more about this colourful, marvelous country. The attendants could test their language skills when trying to translate Hindi at the word game we prepared. The Goddess of knowledge, music, arts and science helped with this demanding task.


In one of the library’s cookbooks we found a recipe for spiced tea and suggested everyone to try it at home. You’ll really like its warm and sweet flavor!

Suvilehto, P (2006). Teehetki. Helsinki: Minerva Kustannus Oy66

Dimitra P.

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Last week (5-9.11.) Laurea Kerava celebrated the International Week of 2012. Five days of lectures, presentations, workshops, internationalization, socializing and cultural activities.

The week started by honoring the 25 year anniversary of the Erasmus program. Annukka Korvenranta, international coordinator, presented the history of the program. Also, students shared their experiences and gave tips to others who are interested in going on exchange abroad. I could also share in a presentation how the Erasmus program changed my life. How from studying in Greece, I decided to go to The Netherlands and start my adventures studying and working abroad, ending up in Finland. After the presentation I gave a short interview for the local Keski-Uusimaa newspaper about my experience on the Finnish culture, weather and language.

On Wednesday I joined an early dinner with international guests and spent the evening chatting with a very warm and kind guest lecturer from Russia. We exchanged information about our home countries as well as funny stories about travelling misfortunes. It was a very pleasant, relaxing evening.

On Thursday afternoon it was our library’s turn to offer relaxation and entertainment to the guests, staff and students. We organized a get together party in our brand new International Home Base!

International Home Base

The project started in the beginning of 2012 but first steps were taken already during Kerava International Week 2011. It is collaboration between Laurea Kerava Library, the international coordinator, tourism students and a lecturer. Our aim was to create a warm and inviting corner in the library promoting mobility between Laurea and its partner universities around the world.  Starting on September the project became my responsibility. Students and I gathered information on exchange, decorated the corner and organized the opening day.

Focused on promoting internationalization, we tried to collect useful information for both outgoing and incoming exchange students. There is information on Laurea Kerava partner universities alongside with experiences of students who have already been on exchange. Tips on housing and transportation are available too.

We also created a “Guide to Finland” for the incoming exchange and international students. We thought they need information about Laurea’s study programs and Finland. The guide has info on accommodation, public transportation and healthcare. Also some information on leisure activities in the city of Helsinki, Finnish customs and festivals, and trip advices around Helsinki are included.

Opening day

During the official opening on Thursday 8.11 the guests had the chance to participate in fun activities, such as a cultural Bingo game, and socialize over a cup of coffee and a snack. Our international students helped in collecting music from various countries. It created a pleasant atmosphere during the party. There was also a PowerPoint with pictures taken by students from different exchange destinations. Everyone began longing for a trip!

Students demonstrated oriental and African dance in the nearby classroom. Everyone was more than happy to join in the fun and try some dance moves themselves.

It was a very exiting evening for everyone. Our library was filled with happy people exchanging travelling experiences and learning more about each other’s culture. I received positive feedback which showed me the importance of a library as a social place. This made me want to continue developing the International Home Base together with students.

Starting on November 27th until the library closes for Christmas holidays, we invite you to Laurea Kerava Library’s “Coffee Tuesdays”. With some coffee, tea and cookies we’ll fight the Finnish dark and cold afternoons.

Dimitra Panopoulou

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