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Tampere University of Technology strengthens collaboration with Sweco

Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and the engineering consultancy company Sweco signed a collaboration agreement on 14 August to signal their mutual commitment to develop research, MSc education and continuing education in the field of structural engineering.
Regional Manager Juha Tanttu (left) and Managing Director Ismo Tawast from Sweco, and Dean Heli Harrikari, Professor Matti Pentti and Professor Mikko Malaska from TUT.
Regional Manager Juha Tanttu (left) and Managing Director Ismo Tawast from Sweco, and Dean Heli Harrikari, Professor Matti Pentti and Professor Mikko Malaska from TUT.

Structural engineering professionals are seeing profound changes in their daily work as a result of changing legislation and continuously developing working methods and tools.  Modelling, virtual technologies and augmented reality are transforming the way they work.

“Educational establishments are the drivers of change in some areas and companies in others. Effective collaboration ensures that the resulting benefits are distributed across the entire sector,” says Juha Tanttu, Regional Manager at Sweco.

“Tampere University of Technology is in a position to offer broad-ranging knowledge and expert services that benefit Sweco's business activities and competencies. From TUT's perspective, the involvement of industry professionals in education and research supports the development of degree programmes and, among others, offers the campus community a front-row seat to current industry needs,” says Professor Mikko Malaska from TUT.

“Both partners acknowledge the importance of this collaboration, which will not only benefit TUT and Sweco but also have ripple effects on the wider world,” says Managing Director Ismo Tawast from Sweco.

Industry collaboration promotes graduate employment

One of the goals is to enhance the employment prospects of structural engineering graduates. First-hand experience of day-to-day industry operations makes the transition from university into the working world easier for students.

“We want to encourage students to develop a strong background in the traditional engineering sciences, which is essential for structural engineering professionals. Tampere University of Technology is a prestigious university that produces talented MSc graduates and doctors in the field of construction. We want to support the University’s continuing good work,” sums up Ismo Tawast.

Further information:

Tampere University of Technology, Professor Mikko Malaska, tel. +358 50 301 5658, mikko.malaska@tut.fi

Sweco, Managing Director Ismo Tawast, tel. +358 40 5287432, ismo.tawast@sweco.fi

News submitted by: Anna Naukkarinen
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