A year of strategy development
Tampere University of Applied Sciences strengthened its position as one of the leading implementers of vocational higher education and R&D&I in Finland. TAMK is a popular higher education institution whose degrees and competences are appreciated widely.
Now when universities of applied sciences have more autonomy in decision making, they also have responsibility for their strategic choices. Even if TAMK's position and prospects are good, we also have to revise and develop our strategic definitions of policy.
As the Finnish economy and global education sector are undergoing changes, the role of internationalisation and above all educational export was emphasised in TAMK's strategy. In 2014, TAMK's paid education abroad more than doubled compared with the preceding years. Our objective is to expand our capital base significantly by 2020 through selling both education and R&D&I services.
An International Advisory Board was established to develop TAMK's internationality. The board has internationally distinguished members from the higher education sector. Their assignment is to analyse TAMK's operation and encourage us in internationalisation.
One of the most significant R&D&I investments was to build the Mediapolis campus in Tohloppi, Tampere, in cooperation with Yle, Technopolis, and several other organisations. Another new and extensive development project was Pirkanmaan Protopaja (Tampere Region Proto Workshop) which can fast design and produce prototypes needed by working life with the new 3D printing technology. It will be located next to TAMK's mechanical laboratories.
The most far-reaching new project was the joint process of the higher education institutions in Tampere to tighten and develop their cooperation, and possibly even to form a new higher education institution in future. The current degree structures, research areas and their contents were analysed. Based on the analysis, we progressed to development of new potential competence and education contents and a new degree structure in which cooperation between the vocational and scientific higher education will strengthen them both. The first intermediate assessment in the so-called Tampere3 process will be completed by summer 2015. Thereafter it will be decided whether the process is continued.
In all, 2014 was a busy and interesting year. I want to thank our students, staff, and most of all, our interest groups for excellent commitment to the development of TAMK.
President Markku Lahtinen