Jarmo Takala, currently Vice President for Research at Tampere University of Technology, has been appointed as Provost of the new Tampere University that begins its operations on 1 January 2019. Juha Teperi, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Tampere, will take up the position of Vice President for Research and Marja Sutela, Vice President for Education and RDI at Tampere University of Applied Sciences, the position of Vice President for Education. Mari Walls, previously President and CEO of LUKE Natural Resoures Institute Finland, took up her appointment as President of Tampere University on 13 August 2018.
The Transitional Board of the new Tampere University decided on the appointment of the provost and two vice presidents on Tuesday, 28 August. The provost and vice presidents will gradually assume their new five-year appointments in autumn 2018.
Jarmo Takala, installed as provost, will give up his seat as an elected member of the Academic Board and take up the responsibilities of chairing the Academic Board. A new member, who gained next most votes, will take his place in the Academic Board in the beginning of September. The Transitional Board extends deepest thanks to Antti Lönnqvist, Dean of the Faculty of Management at the University of Tampere, for his service as temporary chair of the Academic Board during the initiation stage.
As stated in the University Regulations, the Board appoints the provost on the recommendation of the president after hearing the Academic Board, and the vice presidents directly on the recommendation of the president. In addition to the provost’s appointment, the Board chose to also hear the Academic Board before the appointment of the vice presidents for research and education. The announcement of the candidates proposed for appointment was favourably received both at the pre-appointment hearing of the Academic Board and the community-wide discussion event on 22 August 2018.
”It is important for the management team of the new Tampere University to have a broad understanding of the new university’s activities as well as its wide-reaching academic fields. The management team possesses extensive experience in research, education and their administration. In addition, the new university’s priority areas of technology, health and society are well-represented among the members of the management team,” says President Mari Walls.
”President Walls assuming her position and now the appointment of the provost and two vice presidents are important milestones in the building of the new Tampere University. Up until now, the Transitional Board has had to oversee operative matters in addition to taking care of its core responsibilities. The Board is extremely pleased that the operative management has now taken over the responsibility for operative functions and the Board will be able to focus on strategic and financial matters,” says Marja Makarow, Chair of the Transitional Board.
Altogether 38 applications were submitted for the positions of provost and vice presidents. The processes of appointing the vice president, who oversees innovation activities, public and community relations and international networks, and the deans of Tampere University’s seven faculties are still underway.
Chair of the Transitional Board of the new Tampere University Marja Makarow , tel. +358 40 849 0505 (Head of Development Katja Ayres)
President of the new Tampere University Mari Walls, , tel. +358 3 3551 3839
Provost Jarmo Takala, , tel. +358 40 541 6897
Vice President, Research Juha Teperi, , tel. +358 40 513 3714
Vice President, Education Marja Sutela, , tel. +358 40 721 5204
Doctor of Science in Technology Jarmo Takala (b. 1962) has served as Vice President for Research at Tampere University of Technology since 2017. He has previously served as Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Electrical Engineering and as Head of the Department of Computer Systems at TUT. In 1992-96, Takala occupied research positions at Nokia Research Center and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. He has headed the International Master’s Degree Programme in Information Technology and participated in the development of a bachelor’s programme in computing and electrical engineering at TUT. A large number of national and international research projects have been conducted under his supervision. Takala is an active member of international organisations in the field of information technology and has represented TUT in several international university networks.
Vice President for Research
Doctor of Medicine Juha Teperi (b. 1960) has served as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Tampere since 2017. He has previously headed the School of Health Sciences at the University of Tampere and served as the director of an innovation programme at the Ministry of Social Affiars and Health as well as several research and development units in the fields of social welfare and healthcare. Teperi has also contributed to the creation of a national innovation strategy. He worked at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1996-97 and headed a Research and Development Unit at Sendai-Finland Wellbeing Center in Japan from 2011 to 2013. Teperi’s research interests cover a broad range of topics in health policy, the social welfare and healthcare systems, and the assessment of methods in healthcare.
Vice President for Education
Doctor of Administrative Sciences Marja Sutela (b. 1967) has served as Vice President for Education and RDI at Tampere University of Applied Sciences since 2010. She has overseen seven fields of study and more than 50 degree programmes as well as related RDI activities. The five educational units and RDI unit under her oversight employ approximately 400 staff members. On top of her strong academic background, Sutela has more than 10 years of experience in the development of education and the implementation of new operational models and organisational changes. She has previously worked as professor, associate professor and researcher of administrative law at the universities in Joensuu, Tampere and Lapland. He holds docentships at the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Vaasa.
Tampere University of Technology and the University of Tampere are being merged to create the new multidisciplinary foundation-based Tampere University on 1 January 2019. The priority areas of the new university, the second-largest in Finland, will be technology, health and society. Tampere University Foundation that operates as Tampere University will also become 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 employees.