Petri Suomala

Commitment to the continuous development of education

Attractive and competitive education in the fields of engineering is provided in Tampere. In 2017, the number of applications to our master’s programmes in technology and architecture grew considerably, exceeding the national average by a wide margin, and our graduate employment rate hit record high.

We continuously develop our courses and programmes in response to the future needs of society. For example, a new doctoral programme was launched in the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (BioMediTech). We have also introduced an international double degree programme in materials science and started planning international photonics education.

Besides local partners, TUT maintains active educational collaboration with stakeholders across the country. We have joined the Finnish Institute of Technology (FiTech), which is a new cooperative university education venture for the technology sector launched in Southwest Finland in autumn 2017, and developed education in mechanical engineering in Seinäjoki.

The new Tampere University will begin its operations in 2019. To ensure the continued provision of world-class education in the fields of engineering in Tampere, we have further strengthened the profiles of our BSc, MSc and doctoral degrees and carried out an extensive outcome-based curriculum project.

Petri Suomala
Vice President for Education


TUT sees 18 per cent rise in applications

In 2017, the number of applications to the master’s programmes in technology and architecture available at TUT grew by as much as 18 per cent from the previous year. The most popular programmes were industrial engineering and management, architecture, and information technology.

“We believe that our strong reputation and excellent graduate employment rates are the reasons behind this increase. TUT has also taken persistent efforts to develop learning environments and the quality of teaching,” says Vice President for Education Petri Suomala.

In the spring 2017 joint application period, a total of 4,180 applicants sought admission to TUT’s degree programmes in technology and architecture. Compared to the previous year, the number of applicants grew by 18 per cent and the number of first-choice applicants by 17 per cent.

The popularity of technology and architecture among applicants grew across the country, demonstrating that the field of technology remains relevant and interesting.

Anton Kontunen

Electronic nose ‘smells’ cancer

To remove all traces of a tumour, cancer surgeons need to be able to determine the boundary between malignant and healthy tissue during an operation. As part of his MSc research, Anton Kontunen developed a method whereby an electronic nose identifies cancerous tissue by analysing the surgical smoke produced by electrosurgery. The thesis represents an important step in the detection of cancerous tissue.

“The new method speeds up surgery, saves costs and is patient-friendly,” says Anton Kontunen.

Cancer surgery is performed using a so-called diathermy knife that uses electric current to simultaneously cut and coagulate tissue to prevent bleeding.

“Surgical diathermy causes the tissue fluid to vaporize. The resulting stream of smoke is drawn into a tube and fed into a machine that determines whether the tissue is cancerous or not,” describes Kontunen.

Anton Kontunen continues his research by testing the accuracy of his method in distinguishing between benign and malignant tumours. A patent for the method is currently pending. The goal is to test the system in operating rooms in Finland and abroad.

“We’re hoping to soon launch a pilot study in actual operating rooms,” says Kontunen.

Jouni Lyly-Yrjänäinen

International students prepared for careers in Finland

Students selected University Lecturer Jouni Lyly-Yrjänäinen as the winner of the 2017 Lecturer of the Year Award. Lyly-Yrjänäinen has adopted a coaching mentality to prepare his international students, who are enrolled in one of TUT’s English-taught master’s programmes, for the Finnish work culture.

His approach has borne fruit, as the employment rate of recent graduates who have completed the Degree Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management is as high as 60 per cent. They are three times more likely to be hired than students who graduate from other international degree programmes available in Finland.

“The majority of our degree-seeking international students come from developing countries, where the academic and corporate cultures may be distinctly different from those in Finland,” says Jouni Lyly-Yrjänäinen.

“They may not necessarily know what Finnish employers expect from graduates fresh out of university. To portray a professional image, they’re expected to be active and encouraged to identify problems and propose solutions.”


FiTech brings engineering education to Turku

TUT takes an active part in educational collaboration with local stakeholders and across the country. For example, the Finnish Institute for Technology (FiTech), a new cooperative university education venture for the technology sector, was launched in Southwest Finland in autumn 2017. FiTech is made up of seven universities of technology, Technology Industries of Finland, and Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland (TEK).

“Our University is closely involved in FiTech. We initially offer education in the fields of mechanical and automation engineering, materials science and project-based business through FiTech,” says Vice President for Education Petri Suomala.

FiTech seeks to develop the national innovative capacity in collaboration with universities and businesses through high-quality education, research and innovation activities.

The first task is to support economic growth in Southwest Finland by expanding the regional pool of engineering experts. There is a growing demand for professionals in several industry and business sectors as well as large companies and especially SMEs.

Tuomo Kivelä

First graduate from the Doctoral School of Industry Innovations

MSc (Tech) Tuomo Kivelä’s doctoral dissertation explored methods that, among others, prevent collisions between mining robots. Kivelä is the first person to graduate from the Doctoral School of Industry Innovations (DSII) at TUT.

Established in 2014, DSII brings together a unique combination of dissertation research, the latest innovation methods, real-world business challenges and professional contacts.

Tuomo Kivelä investigated the structural design of serial robotic manipulators and their collision-free path control. He completed his dissertation in close collaboration with Sandvik, but scientific supervision was provided by TUT.

”The DSII model combines research, product development and business and is a perfect example of what university–industry collaboration can ideally be,” says Jani Vilenius, Director of Research and Technology at Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology.

DSII invites applications from students and potential partner companies once a year and admits 6-10 new doctoral students on an annual basis.



In 2017, 733 Masters of Science and 79 Doctors of Science in Technology or Architecture graduated from Tampere University of Technology. New teaching technologies were taken into even wider use than before. TUT is now the first university in Finland where students can major in robotics, and the University also introduced a new module in circular economy.


Total number of students

Doctoral students115810951017
BSc and MSc students713768306881


Degrees conferred

Degrees conferred171517131393


Students employed upon graduation

Rivi 182
Rivi 218


Share of female undergraduate students

Female students22