Y-campus: entrepreneurial skills and cooperation

The Y-campus of Tampere3 will combine TAMK’s thorough know-how on entrepreneurship and team coaching, TUT’s long experience of utilising research results and making an impact, and UTA’s multidisciplinary entrepreneurial potential. The Y-campus will be supported by the innovation platforms of the Pirkanmaa region and the services the region offers to entrepreneurs, which are of a high international-level quality.

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The Y-campus has operated at TAMK for three years. In the autumn of 2016, the Y-campus will also be launched on the campuses of the other two universities. At that time, the entrepreneurship and innovation services of the higher education institutions will merge and become joint services also suited for educational purposes. Continual development will be conducted in cooperation with the students and staff of the higher education institutions and various actors in society and businesses.

One of the services provided by the Y-campus will be coach training offered to the teaching staff. The ground-breaking goal of the coach training is to make the business-oriented operations model and coach-like pedagogy an integral part of a teacher’s job and actions. With this change of pedagogical focus, the students graduating from the University will be better able to meet the demands of the society and businesses in the 2020s.

The aim is to create an internationally high-level environment for fostering the entrepreneurial mindset and skills and a home to an active and diverse university community. The cultivation of ideas and making the most of the research results is supported on a needs basis. The Y-campus will efficiently juxtapose experts from different fields; research, learning and operations environments, and wide networks.
The Y-campus will create a unique platform for the creation of new business and innovations.

The Y-campus will offer services and support to all of the approximately 40,000 students and employees at the new University. By 2019, the extent and efficiency of the operations will increase, and the services will be provided on a much wider scale. The efficiency of operations will be measured by the number of credits the students earn, the number and impact of the new companies created, and the utilisation and commercialisation of research results.