Season’s Greetings from the PresidentThe highlights of the year 2017 include the excellent and encouraging results of the international Research Assessment Exercise, significant growth in our applicant numbers, the positive results of our fundraising campaign, and the progress made on the Tampere3 project.
The Tampere3 project has made effective progress in 2017. The preparations for implementing research and education activities and support services are well underway. The completion of the necessary legislative processes in December ensures that the operations of the Tampere3 higher education community, which comprises the new foundation-based university and the university of applied sciences, can start at the beginning of 2019.
The research conducted at Tampere University of Technology received excellent reviews in the second international Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) conducted last summer. Our photonics research was rated as outstanding, and biodata analysis was identified as an emerging research area with the greatest future potential. The RAE panellists were in general very impressed by our research activities, scientists and infrastructure. One of the areas that need more attention is our international partnerships, and we have already taken measures to develop them further.
The excellent reputation of our education, as evidenced by the growing number of applicants, provides a solid foundation for the future of engineering education in Tampere. In the admission round last spring, the number of first-choice applicants was up by almost 23 per cent from the previous year. This was the biggest increase among the universities in the fields of engineering, which also saw encouraging growth as a whole.
The positive results of our fundraising campaign that ended last summer demonstrate that our expertise in engineering and technology is highly valued. The 6.3 million euros raised in donations by our University and the close to 7.4 million euros provided by the Finnish Government in accordance with its matched funding scheme ensure that research and education in the fields of engineering continues to be developed boldly and to best serve society.
I want to thank all our employees, students and partners for the past year and wish you happy holidays and all the best in 2018!