Today was the last day of our Erasmus two-week intensive program on research methodologies at the University of Eastern Finland. It was a long, memorable two weeks of developing relationships and discussing theoretical approaches to research. Despite some theoretical and practical differences across the Universities, we made some wonderful friends and had some great experiences.
It was a great opportunity to build on existing relationships with friends from Siauliai University and the University of Eastern Finland. It was also a great opportunity to develop a new relationship with friends from Anadolu University Turkey who sent us home with some wonderful gifts including Turkish coffee and Helva, a Turkish treat. A visit to Anadolu University is definitely on my list of future travels and collaborations. We have also extended an invitation for them to visit us in Omaha and a few are even considering participation in the UNO IPD program.
Our final week included a trip to beautiful Koli National Park in North Eastern Finland.
We also found time for a Finnish baseball game, which is very different from American baseball.
We had an amazing and intensive two-weeks (including Saturdays). Now we all look forward to having some time to ourselves. Good-bye from Joensuu Finland.