2/2011

Research Assessment Exercise:
Societal impact and future potential are TUT's strengths

RAE

Panels made up of internationally recognized scholars evaluated
the quality of research conducted at TUT. The Optoelectronics
Research Centre and the departments of Signal Processing,
Civil Engineering and Intelligent Hydraulics and Automation
received excellent ratings.

The results of an international Research Assessment Exercise confirmed societal impact as the particular strength of research conducted at Tampere University of Technology (TUT). In addition, expert panels complimented, among others, the energetic atmosphere across the campus and the high competence of young researchers.

In spring and summer 2011, TUT underwent a Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), whereby the quality of the University's research outputs and its scientific and societal impact were assessed against international standards in each field. The panels made up of international experts identified research areas with the potential to achieve international impact and recognition, and provided suggestions for the future development of the University's research activities.

The Department of Signal Processing, the Department of Intelligent Hydraulics and Automation and the Optoelectronics Research Centre, which represent fields that the University has previously identified as its leading-edge fields of research, received excellent ratings in the assessment. The Department of Civil Engineering that enjoys a strong national reputation for research and education also achieved excellent results.

Of all the areas assessed by the panels, the impact of the University's research results on society was perceived as the strongest across the University. The scientific quality of the research undertaken at all the faculties was rated, on average, as good or higher against international standards.

"Considering the future of the University, it is especially encouraging that the panels praised TUT's future potential and the levels of competence among young researchers." comments President Markku Kivikoski.

 

Further information:

Media release on the results of RAE
Reports by the international expert panels

 

Text: Katja Ayres
Photo: Virpi Andersin

 

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