Tampere University of Technology raised 6.3 million euros in its fundraising campaign in 2015–2017. The donations are partially matched by the Finnish government. Communities and private individuals are invited to contribute to the development of scientific breakthroughs and new expertise through donations.
All donations are added to capital of the TTY Foundation. The returns are allocated to support TUT’s research, which was again in 2017 confirmed to meet international standards of excellence and generate benefits to society. We have also invested in the development of new learning environments to maintain our modern and inspirational campus.
TUT’s fundraising activities continue in 2018. Technology will be an important part of the future higher education community in Tampere, and donations made to the TTY Foundation in 2018 continue to go to support research and education in the fields of technology. We are committed to ensuring that our research and education best serve industry, society and the wider world now and in the future.
TUT joined the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU) at the beginning of 2017. The University was invited to join ECIU, most importantly because of its reputation and steady climb up global rankings based on active industry collaboration.
ECIU is currently made up of 12 universities, but the goal is to bring members on board from each country in Europe.
“Judging by the number of international students, academic staff and courses taught in English, TUT is one of the most international universities in Finland. While our professors and researchers maintain extensive collaboration with colleagues around the world, it is also important to be involved in cross-institutional networks, says President Mika Hannula.
“Through ECIU, we’re seeking to increase the international mobility of our teachers and identify potential partner universities with which to establish long-term research projects. The recruitment of talented international students is also a priority.”
Four students took up newly established positions as TUT Industry Ambassadors in autumn 2017. They visit companies to map out their needs and present the services available at TUT. They also help companies identify the ideal form of collaboration and find faculty members with relevant expertise.
The first TUT Industry Ambassadors are third-year students Kaisa Tolvanen, Maria Juponaho, Pinja Kilpeläinen and Laura Malmivuori. They work with small and medium-sized companies that operate, for example, in the software, construction or health technology industries in and around Tampere.
The team visits companies to introduce them to the diverse forms of university-industry collaboration, such as BSc and MSc thesis projects, educational collaboration, student recruitment, commissioned research projects, research collaboration, measurement and analysis services, and professional development.
“The concept of TUT Industry Ambassadors was launched to encourage SMEs to explore potential collaboration with TUT. They bring our University’s services closer to companies,” says Business Liaison Manager Marja Hyypiä.
CoreLab is TUT’s new multidisciplinary co-creation platform for the built environment. It brings together companies, startups and researchers to test and explore new operational models and digital innovations. CoreLab’s activities cut across industrial sectors and are based on co-development and collaboration networks.
Launched in autumn 2017, CoreLab’s initial areas of focus are the utilization of virtual technologies in the real estate and construction industries as well as circular economy. Other thematic areas, such as housing business, will be introduced later on.
“CoreLab represents the best expertise available in the Laboratory of Civil Engineering, the Laboratory of Industrial and Information Management and the Centre for Immersive Visual Technologies (CIVIT) at TUT,” says Postdoctoral Researcher Jukka Puhto.
CoreLab follows a lean and agile model of operations, whereas conventional research projects may take years. New ideas, solutions and operational models for the construction industry are sought, among others, by hosting workshops and carrying out rapid experiments. Participation is free, but CoreLab also offers paid research services.
Science events draw enthusiastic crowds. The 2017 Science Forum brought together some 3,500 attendees in Tampere from 20 to 21 January. The theme being freedom and its limits, the speakers discussed good living and old age, freedom of speech, the future of technology, and the history of Finland.
Besides lectures, the Science Forum offered much to see and do. The Ursa planetarium let visitors explore the wonders of the universe and get a glimpse into the future of our solar system and beyond.
On display were, for example, a thermal imaging camera, 3D printer, the Nokia OZO camera, and virtual reality glasses that allowed attendees to experience pole vaults performed at the Finland-Sweden track and field competition in the previous summer.
Workshops offered children the opportunity to explore the marvels of aviation and robotics and build their own kaleidoscope. TUT’s robots were met with shrieks of excitement.
The youth event in Friday attracted roughly 1,200 pupils from high schools and upper secondary schools. The topics of discussions ranged from robotics, human spare parts, cybercrime and augmented reality to the history of Finland and the boundaries of nature and our world.
The 2017 edition of the Science Forum was spread across nine cities in Finland.
Thirty-eight member companies, 70 events, 700 access cards and 20,000 visitors. The campus club Kampusklubi® located in the Kampusareena building has established its position as a key driver for collaboration between TUT and companies. The club seeks to take the competencies of member companies to the next level and pave the way for new collaborations.
The club brings together companies, experts and students from different fields and serves as a hub of world-leading research and innovations. The members build new contacts and pursue activities and collaborations that ideally evolve into new innovations, projects and successful business.
Launched in autumn 2015, Kampusklubi is a concept developed by University Properties of Finland Ltd. Companies pay a fee to join the club and memberships are renewed every three years. The number of member companies reached 38 in 2017.
Kampusareena’s network and partnership development officer and TUT’s business liaison managers help companies identify the services, professionals and facilities that best fit their needs and assist them in building new contacts.
Tampere University of Technology invests in strategic partnerships and promotes collaboration with companies of all sizes. The TUT campus is home to more than 100 companies. TUT continuously develops new forms of university-industry collaboration.
The capital campaign that ended in 2017 generated €6.3 million in donations.
Major donors included Technology Industries, Cargotec, and Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK.
Operation established in Tampere as a subsidiary of Helsinki University of Technology
Tampere University of Technology (TUT) gains independence
The first ceremonial conferment of doctoral degrees
The university starts operating as a foundation
The new foundation university is to begin its operation
The first ‘teekkarikaste’ student dipping takes place
The first building on the Hervanta campus, Konetalo, is completed
TTY Alumni association is established
TUT celebrates its 50th anniversary, Kampusareena is inaugurated