Tampere’s new university foundation established

The founders of Tampere University Foundation signed the Foundation’s charter on Thursday.

The founders of Tampere University Foundation signed the Foundation’s charter on Thursday.

The purpose of Tampere University Foundation is to integrate the University of Tampere and TUT, and carry out university of applied science operations. The boards of the universities have also presented the name of the newly-established foundation university: Tampere New University.

On Thursday, the founding members of Tampere University Foundation signed the Foundation’s charter and approved its regulations.  According to the charter, the Foundation’s role is to undertake a long-term approach to working for the benefit of the well-being and competitivity of Finnish society, as well as for humanity and the environment, through high-level international research and education.

The foundation university’s operations are to be based on the research and education provided by the University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology, and the new combinations they will form. Additionally, the foundation university will also carry out university of applied science operations at TAMK, which it is the majority owner of. The new university is due to start operating at the beginning of 2019.  

Minister of Education and Culture Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, who gave the opening speech at the signing event, believes that the reform taking place in Tampere is important for all of Finland, bringing fresh thinking to the entire Finnish higher education system.

“Combining the strengths of two universities and a university of applied sciences will create a university that is more diverse, international and influential, and one that will produce new information and expertise to benefit Finland and the whole of humanity”, Grahn-Laasonen stated.

Mayor of Tampere Anna-Kaisa Ikonen described the Tampere3 project as the city’s most important investment for the future:

“Tampere’s success has always been built on solid expertise and practical innovation. In the future we will see more and more innovation at the interfaces between the different disciplines being brought together, as well as at the interfaces between research and business. Tampere3 allows for academic research and practical work to be combined in a way never before seen in Finland.”

Tampere University Foundation’s founding members are: the Republic of Finland, Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland - TEK, the C.V. Åkerlund Foundation, the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions SAK, the City of Tampere, the Council of Tampere Region, the Finnish Commerce Federation, the Finnish Red Cross, the Jane and Aatos Erkkos Foundation, Kauppias K.P. Ruuskasen säätiö, the Research Foundation of the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare, Social Science Professionals, Tampere Adult Education Foundation, Tampere Chamber of Commerce, Tampereen Kauppaseura, Tampereen Suomalainen Klubi, Tampereen Teknillinen Seura, Technology Industries of Finland, the Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation, the Training Foundation of Tampere University Hospital, and the Väinö Tanner Foundation.

A live stream of the signing event (in Finnish)

Text: Katja Ayres
Photo: Jonne Renvall