In January 2019, the University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology will merge to form a new foundation-based university called Tampere University. This new university will also be the majority shareholder of Tampere University of Applied Sciences.
Combining the strengths of the two universities and the university of applied sciences will create a higher education community that is more diverse, international and influential. The new University will represent all levels of research, ranging from basic to applied research and service concepts. The community of 35,000 students and 5,000 staff will be a unique hub for interdisciplinary research and education in the fields of health, society and technology.
Tampere University is fully integrated into the surrounding society and working life. As an excellent research environment, the city of Tampere offers the University a living laboratory in which to test, experiment, learn from mistakes and gain insight.
The University of Tampere (UTA) currently offers about 20 international master’s programmes. The University cooperates with about 280 partner universities internationally, and it draws its students and staff from 80 countries.
UTA is Finland’s most popular multidisciplinary university: around 18,000 people apply to study at the University annually, of whom only about ten per cent are admitted. The flexibility afforded to students to study minor subjects makes UTA especially popular with applicants.
UTA’s strength lies in its multidisciplinarity, and especially in its research and teaching on society and health. The University is the largest educator in the fields of social and administrative sciences in Finland.
The University hosts national Centres of Excellence in research in the fields of mitochondria, history and game culture. The wide-ranging New Social Research Programme focuses on the pressing issues of our increasingly complex world, such as the changing nature of work, the future of well-being, and new forms of communications and interaction. UTA’s Social Scientific Data Archive (FSD) is an important national and international resource providing open research data.
UTA continuously develops its research infrastructure. For example, the Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences has ultramodern simulation facilities.
Founded in 1925, the University of Tampere has had a distinctive and wide-ranging social service mission ever since its inception. Today, this heritage obliges the University to promote global responsibility. The University of Tampere emphasises ecological responsibility: it is a member of Finland's Sustainable Investment Forum and is the first Fair Trade University in Finland.
The University of Tampere is a community of some 15,000 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral students, including approximately 1,200 international students, and 2,000 employees.
Tampere is Finland’s third largest city. It has repeatedly been voted the most popular place to live in Finland. Tampere is a very student-oriented city, with approximately 40,000 of its 220,000 inhabitants being students. The city offers a wide variety of excellent sports facilities, cultural experiences, and services in safe and beautiful surroundings.