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New multidisciplinary Tampere University created from university merger in Finland

ECIU Network

February 19, 2019

Tampere University

On 1 January 2019, Tampere University of Technology and the University of Tampere merged to create the new multidisciplinary Tampere University. The university is Finland’s second largest.

The foundation-based university also became the majority shareholder of Tampere University of Applied Sciences. This new higher education community in Tampere will be made up of 30,000 students, 330 professors and 4,400 other staff members.

The underlying premise of the new university is the realisation that the problems faced by humanity have changed. A multidisciplinary approach will not only deliver more effective responses to global challenges but also open up new opportunities for science and its applications.

Technology, health and society are at the core of the university’s research and education and its strength lies in the combination of these areas. With the means of novel operating models, the university sets of to create scientific and societal value throughout the process of knowledge creation, from independent, multidisciplinary basic research to innovations and practical development. The university aims to develop inspirational and open learning and cooperation environments as well as new types of research, development and innovation platforms that support active life-long inclusion and diverse interaction with a wide variety of stakeholders.

The new university’s first President is PhD Mari Walls. Before joining Tampere University she worked as President and CEO of LUKE Natural Resources Institute Finland. She has also held Professorship in Biodiversity and Environmental Sciences at the University of Turku.

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In autumn 2016, TUT climbed the renowned QS university ranking for top young universities, now at no. 30. Last year, TUT ranked 48th on the same ‘QS Top 50 Under 50’ list.