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TAMK signs agreement with Hanze UAS for increased cooperation

TAMK signs agreement with Hanze UAS for increased cooperation

TAMK has recently signed an agreement with Hanze UAS in which the two universities of applied sciences commit to deepen their effective long-term collaboration and take concrete steps towards creating double degree programmes.

Welcome, Hanze students and staff to visit TAMK and Tampere as part of your exchange programmes and R & D ventures!
Welcome, Hanze students and staff to visit TAMK and Tampere as part of your exchange programmes and R & D ventures!

The cooperation with Hanze University of Applied Sciences started several years ago, and it developed through common music and sound productions between TAMK's Media and Arts department and Hanze's Academy of Pop Culture. In 2014, after analysing more than 300 partner universities in Europe, TAMK decided to strengthen the bond with the Dutch university, as President Markku Lahtinen reveals:

– We discovered very interesting universities when making an in-depth analysis of who to pick as strategic partners. Hanze UAS is one of them along with Munich UAS and Hague UAS. Taking a better look at the first one, lots of similarities surfaced regarding backgrounds, strategic areas, and close cooperation with companies and working life. Tampere is an industrial city with a clear focus on sustainable energy and so is Groningen. Our similarities make it easier to elaborate new projects, have double degree programmes in Construction Engineering and Business Administration, and increase the student and staff exchange. We're going to put our expertise together and offer various courses to our Media and Arts students as well.

In addition, there will be innovative projects concerning R & D and Entrepreneurship coming up – e.g. how to develop new businesses and startups and support their growth. Also, more events will be organised together, such as InnoEvent, but having students from both universities participating. Given the upcoming significant changes in Finnish social and health services, new possibilities can arise to cultivate advanced ways of working in hospitals and medical centres. Healthy Ageing is another focus area TAMK shares with Hanze UAS.

An exciting future awaits both universities and Presidents Markku Lahtinen (TAMK), and Henk Pijlman (Hanze UAS) would like to welcome students and staff to take part in it actively:

– On my behalf, I'd like to wish all the success to the continued collaboration between TAMK and Hanze University! The premise and background concerning both Groningen and Tampere areas and universities are excellent. We have a vast amount of common interests to develop in the field of education and R&D operations.

Greetings from Hanze UAS' President (video)

Text: Andruta Ilie
Video Producer: Saara Lehtonen
Interviewer: Andruta Ilie 

Published 27.11.2017