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Annual Report 2016

Tampere University of Technology produces research-based knowledge and expertise for the benefit of people and the environment. In 2016, we took bold measures in developing our profile and operations despite ongoing financial adjustment. TUT’s operations and finances are in great shape on the way towards a new university group in Tampere.

Annual Report 2016

Research for the benefit of people and the environment

TUT’s new promotional video titled “Research is the key to the future” takes you on a breath-taking visual journey into the world of science, retracing the industrial history of Tampere and reaching for the stars to offer a glimpse into the future of scientific exploration. The video illustrates TUT’s commitment to pursue research for the benefit of people and the environment.

Watch the promotional video and visit TUT’s video channel on YouTube.  


TUT Event Bulletin for companies

TUT hosts a wide range of events that are relevant for industry and business, such as seminars, fairs and conferences, on an annual basis. Upcoming events are listed in the TUT Event Bulletin, which comes out once a month.

Read the latest bulletin and subscribe to our bulletin at www.tut.fi/followus

TUT on the rise – industry relations remain strong

TUT’s placement in key international rankings has been on the rise in recent years. 

In autumn 2016, TUT climbed the renowned QS university ranking for top young universities, now at no. 30. Last year, TUT ranked 48th on the same ‘QS Top 50 Under 50’ list.

TUT was ranked 319th in the QS World University Ranking and improved its standing by as many as 37 places.

In the Times Higher Education ranking, TUT’s strong suit was once again close industry collaboration. Measured with this indicator, TUT ranked in the best 20% out of all universities.

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TUTLab is a heaven for wild ideas

Interested in 3D scanning or laser cutting? Not a problem – visit the brand-new TUTLab!

TUTLab provides the facilities for anything tech students may need for executing their ideas. The lab sports state-of-the-art equipment and software for planning and executing digital manufacture and it will be open to the whole campus community.

In addition to TUT’s students and staff, TUTLab is available to the general public and companies.

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Y-campus opens on three campuses

The entrepreneurial and innovation services of the Tampere 3 higher education institutions have merged and become Y-campus. Y-campus Hervanta, Kauppi and city centre are launching joint operations on all three campuses in September.

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Light generates movement

TUT has embarked on the development of light-controlled materials. Academy Research Fellow, Assistant Professor Arri Priimägi’s research group studies and develops functional light-controlled materials whose length and thickness can be altered to generate mechanical movement.

“Light is a convenient stimulus for designing functional materials in that it is easily available, cheap and environmentally friendly,” Priimägi says in science magazine Interface.

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TUT for the openness of science

Science and research must be open and transparent in order to be self-healing. When all research data is available to anyone, the research results can be repeated and the methods improved. This is a necessity for scientific and technological advancement. TUT’s new Research Data Policy outlines that research materials and methods are, by default, open and available for joint use.

“Openness is not only an option – it is a necessity,” says Professor Esa Räsänen from TUT’s Department of Physics in science magazine Interface.

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Robots evolve into self-reliant team workers

Researchers at TUT have launched an exciting new project to develop a work site where multiple robots and autonomous machines work side by side without any direct human involvement.

”We want to see what happens when we pool our expertise on factory robotics, heavy mobile machines, flying drones, computer vision and machine learning. Will we be able to build an automatic robot-populated work site where robots can even repair one another?,” muses Joni Kämäräinen, Professor in the Department of Signal Processing.

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TUT – a foundation university

Tampere University of Technology is one of the two Finnish universities which operate in the form of a foundation. The foundation model promotes the development of education and research. It gives the University good prerequisites to succeed amid growing international competition.

The increased autonomy provides a competitive edge when competing for good researchers, inspiring teachers and talented students. The proceeds of foundation capital enable further investment in new openings in research and education.

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