Tampere University of Technology
Tampere University of Technology had many reasons to celebrate on 2016. TUT ranked higher than before in international university rankings. We also raised €4.5 million in donations during our fundraising campaign. TUTLab, our new workshop for digital manufacturing, was opened in the Sähkötalo building to encourage students in practical work and quick experiments.
In 2016, TUT improved its standing in many key fields in international university rankings. In the 2016 QS World University Rankings, the University ranked 319th. TUT climbed up 37 spots from the previous year and as many as 112 spots from 2013.
In the QS Top 50 under 50 ranking, which ranks the best young universities in the world, TUT ranked 30th. The year before, TUT ranked 48th on the same list.
In addition to the QS World University Rankings, TUT has improved its standing in the National Taiwan University (NTU) Ranking, in which it has climbed 60 spots since 2014. The NTU Ranking lists the top universities in the world based on how influential their scientific publications are in six research fields and 14 subjects. TUT’s best ranking was in the 2016 Electrical Engineering list, where it ranked 200th.
By donating to the TTY Foundation’s capital, both communities and private individuals can contribute to scientific breakthroughs and the creation of new expertise. In 2016, a fundraising campaign carried out by Tampere University of Technology raised a total of €4.5 million in donations.
The largest donors were the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries, Cargotec, and Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland (TEK).
Returns on the capital will be used to fund new research initiatives and learning environments. These efforts will ensure the high quality and competitiveness of the University’s activities. The aim is to ensure that TUT’s research and educational activities also continue to serve business life and all of society in the best possible manner in the future.
Travellers at TUT’s campus in Hervanta had the chance to board a robot bus in autumn, when the SOHJOA project tested the operation of automated vehicles in Finnish conditions. The bus’s route covered a distance of approximately 500 metres from the campus to the Duo shopping centre and back. The testing will continue once the snow has melted.
The robot bus uses GPS positioning and drives along its route as if on virtual rails. It is able to react to other traffic with the help of lasers fitted on its corners. Even globally, these experiments with robot bus operation as part of traffic are among the very first.
"Finnish legislation allows for buses to be operated remotely. This is one of the reasons we are able to lead the way in robot-assisted transport," says Doctoral Student Lasse Nykänen from TUT’s Transport Research Centre Verne.
The buses tested, with a travel speed of approximately 11 kilometres per hour, did not yet run without any human involvement: a student from TUT was on board just in case. Fully automated buses are still some way in the future, but in Nykänen’s view, traffic as we know it today may look completely different as soon as 2020–2030.
The Tampere3 project, conducted in collaboration between TUT, University of Tampere, and Tampere University of Applied Sciences, made good progress in 2016 despite the temporary break in the preparations for the university merger.
In the beginning of the year, the project organisation was established, the project model was compiled, and teaching pilots were prepared. Joint curriculum work was well underway, as well. In the beginning of the autumn term, entrepreneurial and innovation services of TUT, UTA, and TAMK merged to form Y-kampus.
The preparations for the university merger were put temporarily on hold in November due to concerns expressed by the Board of the TTY Foundation over project funding, capitalisation of the new university foundation, and the new foundation’s management system. However, preparations concerning research and teaching operations were never interrupted. After further discussions, the merger was soon put back on track, as well.
The new foundation university is to begin its operation in the beginning of 2019. The foundation university will base its operation on the research and teaching conducted at TUT and University of Tampere as well as new multidisciplinary, cross-institutional collaborations in these fields. In addition, the foundation university will operate as a university of applied sciences as the majority shareholder of Tampere University of Applied Sciences.
Kampusareena is a hub of science, research, and technology at the heart of the Tampere University of Technology campus. Opened in 2015, the building brings together companies from various fields as well as researchers, students, and alumni.
Kampusareena has also become a popular venue for events. For example, the VR morning event held in spring brought together hundreds of participants interested in virtual and augmented reality. At the event, companies in the field, Campus Club members, and research organisations presented demos for building modelling, movies, education, story telling, health care, guidance, games, and many other purposes.
Interdisciplinary encounters fuel new ideas that can grow into major collaborative R&D projects, innovations, jobs, and successful businesses.
A new learning environment, called TUTLab, was opened on campus to provide a place where tech students can give concrete form to their ideas. TUTLab features state-of-the-art equipment: 3D printers and scanners, CNC routers, laser cutters, a vinyl cutter, an embroidery machine, electronics desktops, and various hand tools.
"The idea is to provide students with methods and software for digital manufacturing and to give them the opportunity to try their own hand at it. You can make almost anything at TUTLab. Students can hone their skills by experimenting and solving problems together. The skills they learn will also help them when seeking employment," says Project Manager Jussi Viljanen from TUTLab.
Students can use TUTLab to carry out student work as well as recreational projects. Teachers can utilise it in both teaching and research. Companies can use TUTLab for a fee for product development or workplace health promotion days, for example, or utilise the expertise of students in coursework and theses.
Tampere University of Technology (TUT) is at the leading edge of technological development and a sought-after collaboration partner among the scientific and business communities. We educate skillful graduates to serve the needs of society. Our University is a fertile breeding ground for innovations and new research- and knowledge-based companies. We generate new knowledge and expertise for the benefit of society. We foster the well-being of people and the environment through research and education. We develop technologies that reshape the competitive landscape of Finnish industry.
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