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Three universities offering world class research and skilled labour

The people in Tampere Region have a higher level of education than average In Finland. In addition, most migrants moving here either possess or work towards high level education.

The three universities in the Tampere Region provide high-quality education and are active cooperation partners for the industry. Thanks to the three universities, the area offers huge amount of world class research, know-how and skilled labour.

Finland’s university-industry collaboration in R&D ranked #1 globally (WEF 2014-2015).

Cutting-edge competence

Tampere is the most desired city for studying in Finland measured by the number of applicants. The fact that the city is alive and beating combined with our excellent schools means that Tampere gets the best students each year.

A multi-disciplinary scientific community with thousands of researchers and teacher and some 40,000 university students make Tampere a colourful and multicultural university city where collisions inspiring new innovations occur naturally.

We have three universities: Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and University of Tampere (UTA). Each of them offers two language possibilities, Finnish and English, and all offer a possibility for an international degree. Our universities collaborate regularly with numerous other educational institutions, organisations and business life.

In Tampere we also have more than 34.000 vocational college or adult students. Tampere Adult Education Centre (TAKK) is one of the leading adult education centres in Finland and has 350 professionals working for them. TAKK offers around a hundred vocational qualifications and co-operates with some 2,000 companies annually. TAKK has over 15,000 adult students every year. Tampere Vocational College Tredu has altogether 18,000 certificate and adults students every year. It also cooperates closely with the industrial sector.

Some 15,000 students are currently pursuing degrees at the University of Tampere. Every year approximately one thousand masters’ degrees and a hundred doctoral degrees are produced. About 2,000 people work for the university at the central campus in Tampere.

At the beginning of 2011 the University of Tampere conducted a thorough overhaul of its organization. The former faculties and departments were rearranged into what is referred to as a schools model.

The nine schools are:

  • BioMediTech
  • School of Information Sciences
  • School of Management
  • School of Education
  • School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Communication, Media and Theatre
  • School of Social Sciences and Humanities

The University of Tampere is a culturally-committed higher education institution with the social mission of educating visionaries who understand the world and change it. The profile of the University of Tampere accentuates the university’s multifaceted research and education on society and health.


Tampere University of Technology (TUT) is at the leading edge of technology development and a sought-after collaboration partner among the scientific and business communities. The University produces competent graduates who enter careers in different sectors of society. TUT conducts research in fields of technology and architecture, and provides higher education based on this research.


An international scientific community

TUT’s campus in the suburb of Hervanta is a community of 10,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students and close to 2,000 employees. Internationality is an inherent part of all the University’s activities. TUT is the most international university in Finland and second most international university in Nordic countries. Around 1,500 foreign nationals from more than 60 countries work or pursue studies at there.

TUT offers its students an opportunity for a broad, cross-disciplinary education. Competent Masters of Science of Technology and Architecture as well as Doctors of Technology and Philosophy graduated from TUT are in high demand among employers. 71 % of graduates are employed at the time of graduation.


Research and development

The university combines a strong tradition of research in the fields of natural sciences and engineering with research related to industry and business. Technology is the key to addressing global challenges. The University’s leading-edge fields of research are signal processing, optics and photonics, intelligent machines, biomodelling and the built environment.


Working together with industry

Tampere University of Technology has been ranked 11th in the world in industry collaboration (THE ranking 2015). TUT has had strategic focus on industry collaboration throughout its history. Good reputation and history as a forerunner in industry-university collaboration runs back to 1965.

In addition to the profound collaboration culture in TUT the customer needs are valued highly. TUT turns knowledge into customer value with its deep understanding of the whole chain from research to business, making the collaboration easy and flexible for companies. Processes are established and fast and the collaboration model is versatile offering different solutions to different needs. Solutions vary from customized contract research to extensive co-funded projects or from students solving companies’ challenges in Demola to Master’s thesis for company needs.


Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) offers Bachelor and Master level studies for approximately 10,000 students in seven educational fields. The education focuses on technology, wellbeing services, business and culture. 

The tasks of the universities of applied sciences also include applied research and development as well as offering working-life based services.

In the field of international education TAMK is an active member of Future Learning Finland, which is a national education export programme offering Finnish educational know-how and learning solutions globally.


Research focus areas

TAMK has strong expertise in the fields of wellbeing, culture and technology. Each of these has its own RDI programme which develops multidisciplinary solutions to meet the changing needs of our operational environments.


Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and the University of Tampere (UTA) are establishing an unique new university in Tampere.

The goal of the process, known as Tampere3, is to create an internationally attractive university that would bring together a unique combination of research in the fields of technology, health, society, economy and leadership. It would offer students a broad range of avenues to pursue both theoretical and practically oriented studies that meet the future needs of the labour market.

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