The aim of the Tampere3 process is to establish an inspiring and globally attractive environment for research and learning by transforming the Tampere-based higher education institutions (Tampere University of Technology, University of Tampere and Tampere University of Applied Sciences) into a new, internationally recognized, multidisciplinary university starting in 2018.

The new university would provide education leading to the lower and higher university degrees and doctoral degrees. The university would offer students flexible paths towards degrees and ensure that they can easily make the transition from one degree stage to the next or to the working world.

The Ministry of Education and Culture lists the following as the university’s strengths: clearly focused international scientific research, high-quality degree education to meet the needs of working life and research, different fields of education and research coming together on a multidisciplinary and multi-field level and the research, development and innovation supporting education. For students, this means improved possibilities to complete various university studies within the consortium and a shorter overall time of study.  The goal of Tampere3 is that technology, health, society, economy and leadership would form more flexible study paths than they do now. At the same time there will be a wider range of optional studies to choose from.

The new university consortium will be formed by merging the Tampere University of Technology and the University of Tampere into one foundation university. The Tampere University of Applied Sciences currently operating as a limited company would be transferred under the ownership of the foundation. Administration will be organised in accordance with current legislation so that the foundation and the university of applied sciences will remain separate public bodies and their cooperation will be guaranteed with mutual agreements and possibly internal rules. Cross-studying and flexible study paths will be created within current legislation and potentially with minor amendments. Cross-studying means that a student of another university may be granted a right to study to complete courses.

The Board of the TUT Foundation has decided to discontinue the preparation of Tampere3 merger because of too tight schedule and low funding. The new university should have begun operation on 1 January 2018 which is when educational responsibilities would have been transfered over to it.

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How will Tampere3 affect studying in TUT?
Starting from 1 January 2018, TUT students will become the new university’s students but, in practice, bigger changes will occur in a wider time frame. The formation of the university consortium will manifest itself in a wider selection of courses but also elimination of overlapping ones, joint courses between the university and the university of applied sciences and, to some degree, termination of courses. The planning of shared studies and education is under way and led by the education coordination group. TUT’s representative is Head of Education Kirsi Reiman.

The joint curriculum process will be launched in autumn 2016 and new, jointly planned training will start on 1 August 2019 at the latest. In addition, jointly planned and executed studies (pilot education) will launch in autumn 2016. The students may apply for these studies through the joint cross-study portal.

How will Tampere3 affect new students?
The new university consortium will be created within the current legislation which also means retaining the current dual model. The dual model refers to the universities and the universities of applied sciences as separate organisations with differing profiles. In practise, this means that the university of applied sciences and the foundation formed by TUT and UTA will operate as separate legal entities but their cooperation will be stipulated with agreements. Because of this, students applying to the university consortium will be applying for either a university or university of applied sciences degree both of which will have their own profiles. Transferring from one degree programme to another will be made easier for example by making credit transfer easier which would shorten study times.

Administratively one university or a combination of three?
The consortium administration is still being planned. Due to the dual model, the foundation and the university of applied sciences will have their own boards and presidents but the consortium will have a joint consortium board which would guarantee the implementation of the joint strategy.

What will the new university be called?
The process of coming up with a name for the new university has been active all spring. A separate brand committee has also started operation, and branding professionals will be hired. According to the earlier schedule, the name of the new university should have been decided by the end of October but the boards of the universities have not made the final decision yet.

What will happen to the student union?
TTYY and Tamy will join forces and become one student union, but due to the dual model, Tamko (The Students’ Union of Tampere University of Applied Sciences) will remain separate, as the current legislation does not allow TAMK students to be members of the university student union. However, the new student union will work in close cooperation with Tamko. The preservation of teekkari culture and traditions has also been taken into consideration when planning the joining of the two student unions.