1/2016

Tampere3 Manager spurs brave new initiatives

Manager of the Tampere3 process, PhD Päivi Myllykangas believes that Tampere is about to see novel, internationally high-level solutions at the interfaces of research, education and administration.

Päivi Myllykangas and Susanna Saarinen

 

"The new university will provide a unique hub for the interdisciplinary research on the economy, technology, health and society", Tampere3 Manager Päivi Myllykangas (left) and coordinator Susanna Saarinen say.

 

Päivi Myllykangas embarked on her three-year position as Tampere3 Manager at the end of last year. The preparations for the new higher education institution are ongoing: the aim is to make fast progress towards the new foundation university on all levels and create an internationally competitive and genuinely unique solution.

“The Tampere3 working groups appointed by the Ministry of Education and Culture have started their work. Their task is to prepare a government proposal on the required legal amendments regarding the university merger and to chart the prerequisites for establishing the new foundation university. The government proposals are scheduled for submittal to the Parliament in February 2017,” Myllykangas says.

Before becoming Tampere3 Manager, Myllykangas was the Managing Director of Tampere Region Economic Development Agency Tredea. At Tredea, Myllykangas’ responsibilities included the development of the regional innovation policy and the international marketing of the local expertise. Previously, she was also Regional manager at EK – Confederation of Finnish Industries. Myllykangas has accumulated extensive experience in universities through a variety of positions, including those of a researcher, a teacher and a planning officer, and also by way of cooperation with industry and commerce and various evaluative duties.

Tampere3 is a nationally unique process that also bears international significance.

 

Aiming at a globally attractive Tampere-based university

In the Tampere3 process, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Tampere University of Technology and the University of Tampere are taking steps to establish of an all-new university in Tampere. The aim is to create an inspiring and globally attractive university that is based on outstanding scientific and technological expertise and its utilization.

The prospective university will combine in a unique way the research of technology, health, society, economy and management and form a strong chain of research, development and innovation activities. In its education, the university will offer diverse study paths in both theoretical and workplace-based studies to enable the students to meet future labour market needs.

“What we need is brave new initiatives and experiments. Tampere3 is a nationally unique process that also bears international significance. It allows us to ensure that we will still have a vital community replete with expertise in 2025,” Myllykangas notes.

“In a world that is becoming increasingly diverse, high-level science carries all the more weight in generating new information and challenging customary mindsets. We also need versatile education and new practices that provide the youth with a strong competence base. It is the competent workforce and top research that will make this region an attractive meeting place for companies.”

Text: Sanna Schildt
Photo: Klik

 
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