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TUT Industry Ambassadors visit SMEs

Tampere University of Technology (TUT) maintains active contacts with SMEs to map out their needs and introduce them to the diverse opportunities for collaboration with the University.
Kaisa Tolvanen (left) studies bioengineering, and Laura Malmivuori is majoring in information and knowledge management. Maria Juponaho and Pinja Kilpeläinen are chemistry students
Kaisa Tolvanen (left) studies bioengineering, and Laura Malmivuori is majoring in information and knowledge management. Maria Juponaho and Pinja Kilpeläinen are chemistry students

Four Industry Ambassadors were assigned to visit companies in pairs at the beginning of this autumn. 

“TUT offers such as broad range of services for industry and business that it’s not easy to identify suitable forms of collaboration or get in touch with our experts. The introduction of Industry Ambassadors is one way to establish closer ties with companies,” says Business Liaison Officer Marja Hyypiä.

TUT's first Industry Ambassadors are students Kaisa Tolvanen, Maria Juponaho, Pinja Kilpeläinen and Laura Malmivuori, all in their third year.

“Our job is to inform companies of all the potential opportunities for collaboration with TUT. Even we were surprised at the range of services for industry and business. Companies can commission assignments and master's theses from students, and TUT offers free and low-threshold services for launching research collaboration,” they say.  

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Industry Ambassadors contact companies directly and arrange face-to-face meetings by phone.

“The purpose of company visits is to map out their needs. Some companies need specific support for conducting a development project, while others prefer to generally learn more about the services available at TUT.”

“We prepare for each visit carefully depending on the needs of the company and take the messages further within the TUT community,” the Industry Ambassadors say.

Their initial experiences have been overwhelmingly positive, as companies have been keen to hear more about TUT's services. The Industry Ambassadors are looking forward to meeting company representatives in person. 

“Part of our role is to inform companies of the expertise of our students. Many of our students may not be familiar with the SMEs based in and around Tampere. We’re curious to learn more about the work and career opportunities that they offer,” they add.

TUT Industry Ambassadors talk about their company visits on Facebook (in Finnish)

News submitted by: Anna Naukkarinen
Keywords: services and collaboration