President Mika Hannula: Tampere3 has not received the financial support it deserves“Tampere3 is currently the most important political initiative within higher education in Finland. Instead of receiving the required financial support, new austerity measures appear to be directed at us,” President Mika Hannula stated at TUT's Opening of the academic year ceremony.
In the past few years, all TUT’s key figures from completed degrees to publications have risen steadily. TUT has the most contented students across Finnish universities and TUT ranks in the top three as regards staff well-being. Close industry and business collaboration also ensures commendable social impact.
“One indication of this are the 180 TUT-based companies included in our tracking. Combined, they employ over 6,000 people and have created a turnover of 1.2 billion euros,” Hannula pointed out.
TUT’s placement in international rankings has also risen steadily in recent years. For example, Times Higher Education ranked TUT 11th in their international comparison evaluating university–industry collaboration in scientific research.
“In the QS World Ranking published yesterday, TUT achieved a creditable placement as number 319. In this highly selective group, covering only one fifth of all universities, we belong to the best 10%!”
Tampere3 initiative leads the way
Tampere3 is currently the most important political initiative within higher education in Finland.
“We are the pioneers, although there are other, yet smaller-scale initiatives in other universities. They are waiting for us to clear the way for the required changes in higher education policies.”
According to Hannula, Tampere is boldly restructuring and therefore also rising to the government’s long-term challenge for higher education institutions.
“It is very unfortunate, however, that we are still missing critical funding to execute an initiative of this scale. I sincerely hope that the government will see this initiative as a return yielding investment.”
“Instead, new austerity measures appear to be directed at us.” Incorrect interpretation of the Competitiveness Pact translates into an additional cut requirement of one million euros for TUT alone. Unless this interpretation changes, we will again have to adjust our operations. This is inconceivable considering the context: all our key indicators have been set on the right path, we have cut back over 90 person-years just earlier this year and we are now embarking on a truly bold higher education renewal.”
Strong support from Minister and Finnish Technology Industries
At the Opening of the academic year ceremony, speeches were also given by Minister of Education and Culture Sanni Grahn-Laasonen and CEO Jorma Turunen from the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries. They both highlighted the significance of Tampere3 for both higher education and business life.
“At best, the new Tampere3 graduates will represent new multidisciplinary competence combinations that produce new competitive assets to Finnish society and companies,” Turunen noted.
He finds the time frame of the initiative to be highly challenging, however.
“This is yet another reason why significant financial support from the state is crucial for the success of the initiative.”
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Opening ceremony speeches:
Opening procession: Minister of Education and Culture Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, President Mika Hannula and Professor Reijo Karvinen in the forefront.