TUT celebrates 50th anniversary
The year 2015 marks an important milestone for Tampere University of Technology. The University turns 50 and commemorates the occasion with a series of events and activities running throughout the year.
TUT welcomed its first 132 students in August 1965. The picture was taken between lectures in spring 1966.
The idea to establish a technologically-oriented university in Tampere dates back to the early 1960s. The executives sitting on the Advisory Board of Helsinki University of Technology saw that it was necessary to substantially increase the number of graduates with a master’s degree in technology or architecture to meet industry needs.
The then President of Finland Urho Kekkonen signed the statute establishing TUT as a subsidiary of Helsinki University of Technology on 13 August 1965, only a few weeks before TUT welcomed its first 132 students.
Building a brighter future
Over the past 50 years, TUT has grown in step with Finland’s industry and business. The focus of the mechanical engineering industry has shifted towards intelligent and energy-efficient machines largely as a result of industry collaboration with TUT. The mobile technology expertise of the ICT sector, especially Nokia, continues to be built on the fundamental research conducted at TUT in the field of signal processing.
TUT and the University of Tampere have played an important role in propelling the entire bioscience sector forward by contributing to the emergence of a new industry, the development of human spare parts. TUT remains committed to promoting the renewal of industry and addressing global challenges through the development of technology.
“Our research and education play an important role in contributing to the solution of global challenges, such as climate change and the growing demand for energy. Science and technology have the potential to build a brighter future for us all,” TUT’s President Markku Kivikoski says.
Main festivities in early September
The theme of TUT’s anniversary year is light. It reflects the promise that science and technology hold for addressing many of today’s global challenges and creating a brighter future for us all.
Special activities will be spread over 2015 to mark the anniversary. The main festivities take place in early September, when the opening of the academic year, the publication of an anniversary book that tells the story of TUT, and the inauguration of the new Campus Arena fall on the same week.
Technology for the general public and schoolchildren
The celebrations culminate with Technology Days in October. The event is hosted by the Technology Academy Finland (TAF) and brings together Finland’s brightest minds to discuss the latest developments in science and technology. On 22–24 October, the main event of Technology Days takes place in Tampere. The event is free and open to schools and the general public.
”The programme committee is chaired by Professor Jaakko Astola. We’re working to put together an impressive roster of well-known speakers,” says Niina Suhonen, Head of Communications & Marketing at TAF. The theme of the 2015 Technology Days is ‘Light of Knowledge’ inspired by big data.
Read more about TUT´s Anniversary
Technology Days (in Finnish)
2015 UN’s International Year of Light
The United Nations has declared 2015 the International Year of Light. Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences Martti Kauranen serves on Finland’s national committee that coordinates activities related to the International Year of Light.
“I think the theme fits perfectly, because it links TUT’s anniversary to the International Year of Light and the history of Tampere. The first electric light bulb in the Nordic countries was lit in Tampere, and now our University is spurring the growth of optics and photonics industry through research. And light is an unequivocally positive concept. There’d be no life without light,” Martti Kauranen says.
TUT has identified optics and photonics, or the study of light, as one of its leading-edge fields of research. The research group led by Martti Kauranen explores nonlinear optical phenomena, whereby the optical properties of a material change in the presence of light. The interaction between light and matter can result, among others, in the creation of new colours of light.
Text: Tuuli Laukkanen
Photo: Erkki Hauru