Päivi Myllykangas appointed as Manager of the Tampere3 process

Päivi Myllykangas appointed as Manager of the Tampere3 process

Doctor of Science in Economics and Business Administration Päivi Myllykangas has been appointed as Manager to oversee the planning of the Tampere3 process. She will take up her new position on 16 November.

Päivi Myllykangas joins Tampere3 from her current position as the Managing Director of Tampere Region Economic Development Agency Tredea. At Tredea, Myllykangas has been responsible, among others, for the development of regional innovation policy and the international marketing of regional expertise. She has previously worked as a Regional Manager at the Confederation of Finnish Industries. Myllykangas has experience of working in academia as a coordinator and researcher, among others, at Lappeenranta University of Technology and the University of Tampere. She is also familiar with the operating environment of universities of applied sciences owing to her experience of industry collaboration and various assessment tasks.  

- Tampere3 is a unique initiative in Finland and a significant undertaking even on a global scale. It represents a wonderful opportunity to promote regional vitality and competitiveness. I was immediately interested when I was asked whether I would consider taking on the role of Manager, Myllykangas says. 

- I've participated in innovative projects in both the public and private sectors. I'm confident that Tampere3 will lead to the creation of novel and internationally competitive results at the interface of research, teaching and administration.

The three higher education institutions behind Tampere3 initiated the recruitment process in early summer 2015. The position is filled for a three-year term. The Manager will oversee the planning and implementation of the Tampere3 process in collaboration with the working group made up of Vice Presidents. 

Päivi Myllykangas will take up her new position on Monday, 16 November.  

- I'll start by reviewing the current status of the project to find out what's already been done. I'll go through all the three higher education institutions and the different groups that are involved in Tampere3. Change starts from within the community, when people are committed to working together towards a common goal.

Tampere3 seeks to establish a unique and globally attractive university in Tampere

Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and the University of Tampere (UTA) are making preparations to establish a unique new university in Tampere. The goal of the process dubbed as "Tampere3" is to create an inspiring and internationally attractive university that is built on a solid foundation of scientific and technological expertise.

The new university would bring together a unique combination of research in the fields of technology, health, society, economy and leadership along with the full cycle of research, development and innovation. It would offer students a broad range of avenues to pursue both theoretical and practically oriented studies that meet the future needs of the labour market. The university would have a single structure for education leading to a degree and the authority to confer the degrees currently awarded by universities and universities of applied sciences, respectively.

The schedule of the Tampere3 process depends on the progress of amendments to current legislation and the available financial resources. Realistically, the new university may be expected to start its operations in 2019 at the earliest, provided that the necessary legislative changes are completed before the end of 2016. The HEIs have already launched projects that strengthen their existing collaboration and support the development of their operations and the establishment of the new university.

Further information:

Tampere University of Applied Sciences:
President Markku Lahtinen, tel. +358 50 524 6525,

Tampere University of Technology:
President Markku Kivikoski, tel. +358 40 849 0094,

University of Tampere:
Rector Kaija Holli, tel. +358 50 395 1199,


Published 12.12.2016