“The higher education institutions in Tampere have had a central role as drivers for growth and development in this region. The prospective Tampere3 university will serve as a similar dynamo for success in the years to come, and this is why the city must also contribute to the creation of the new university as a major strategic partner,” says Mayor Anna-Kaisa Ikonen.
The Tampere3 initiative is aimed at merging the University of Tampere, Tampere University of Technology and Tampere University of Applied Sciences into a new foundation-based university from 1 January 2018 onwards.
In Mayor Ikonen’s view, the City must hold a strategic role in the new university and also remain strongly committed to its establishment. This refers not only to an operational partnership but also a significant investment as Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) becomes a part of the new university.
The City of Tampere is the main owner of TAMK. Mayor Ikonen finds that the City of Tampere should become a significant founding member of the new foundation to be established. The City Board discussed the Tampere3 initiative on 12 September. Decisions on the matter are expected in September–October.
“For the City of Tampere, Tampere3 is the most significant renewal during this office. Due to the international, national and regional significance of the initiative, the City of Tampere wishes to contribute to its promotion through deeds and investments and assume the role of a strong developer.”
“In the approaching national renewals of provincial administration, the vitality of the city will become a key issue. This, in turn, underlines the importance of our knowledge and innovation policy,” Mayor Ikonen states.
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