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Microsoft donates a total of one million dollars to four Finnish universities

Microsoft has granted significant donations to Tampere University of Technology, Aalto University, University of Helsinki, and University of Oulu. With these donations, Microsoft wishes to support Finnish science, research, and innovation.

According to Max Mickelsson, Director of Government Affairs for Finland at Microsoft, Finland’s future lies in education, research, and innovation.

“Microsoft wishes to be a part of building this future together with a variety of different operators. Our educational system has suffered extensive budget cuts, and donating to Finnish universities is a natural way of supporting it,” he says.  

These donations are a part of Microsoft’s Finland 100 programme. Microsoft wishes to celebrate the 100-year-old Finland by improving its competitiveness for the next century.

Microsoft’s million-dollar donation is shared between Aalto University, University of Helsinki, University of Oulu, and Tampere University of Technology.

Tampere University of Technology will add the donated amount to its foundation capital. The revenue generated by the capital is allocated to supporting new avenues of research, young talented researchers and students, and promoting the development of TUT’s research infrastructure, learning environments, and other activities.

“It’s wonderful that a well-known international corporation like Microsoft sees the value of our work for the benefit of people and the environment,” says Mika Hannula, President of TUT.

TUT’s second fundraising campaign is currently in progress, and so far over €5 million in donations have been raised. The fundraising is supported by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, who have agreed to grant TUT an additional contribution corresponding to up to three times the amount of private capital raised.

The TTY Foundation’s first fundraising campaign in 2010-2012 yielded a total of €137 million, including the contribution of the Finnish government.

Further information:

President Mika Hannula, tel. +358 400 331 838,

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News submitted by: Riku Haapaniemi
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