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Tampere3 aiming towards cross-institutional programmes and international recognition

Tampere3 aiming towards cross-institutional programmes and international recognition

The collaboration between Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and the University of Tampere (UTA) has attracted wide media attention in the past few days. The three higher education institutions are looking to develop degree programmes in their main fields of study that transcend institutional boundaries. In addition, they want to increase multidisciplinary collaborative research.

The vision of the Tampere3 initiative is to provide high-quality education for all students pursuing a doctorate, a master's degree or a bachelor's degree. The aim is that the new bachelor's programmes meet all the formal requirements applicable to BSc degrees conferred by a university of applied sciences. In the future all BSc graduates would be eligible to seek admission to university-level master's programmes.

The common goal of the Tampere3 partners is to break down institutional barriers to multidisciplinary research. By establishing an internationally attractive research community in Tampere, they will be in a better position to win competitive research funding than an individual university. Success in a globally competitive environment requires broad collaboration that cuts across conventional disciplinary boundaries.

The preparations of Tampere3 are well underway, and three preparatory groups have already been appointed. The first group is drawing up a proposal for the degree structure and degree programmes and the second for the scientific profile and research areas that fall under the scope of Tampere3. The third group is planning the necessary support services. The groups have access to the expertise of all staff and students from the three institutions. 

The creation of a unique cross-institutional academic community requires amendments to current legislation and the development of novel funding instruments.

The current status of Tampere3 was presented to the Boards of TAMK, TUT and UTA in late January. The process of mapping out research areas with the greatest potential for international excellence and identifying new avenues for multidisciplinary collaboration in research and education will continue throughout this spring. The three institutions will decide how to proceed with Tampere3 based on a report that will be completed in May.

Further information:

Mikko Naukkarinen, Vice President, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, tel. 03 245 2102, mikko.naukkarinen@tamk.fi
Mika Hannula, Vice President, Tampere University of Technology, tel. 0400 331 838, mika.hannula@tut.fi
Harri Melin, Vice Rector, University of Tampere, tel. 050 420 1526, harri.melin@uta.fi

Published 12.12.2016