Meet the Provost!
"Technology will play a key role in the new multidisciplinary Tampere University," says Jarmo Takala, TUT's Vice President and Provost of the new University.
Jarmo Takala is Provost of the new Tampere University and Vice President for Research at TUT until the end of 2018.
Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and the University of Tampere are merging to create the new multidisciplinary Tampere University on 1 January 2019. The University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences will constitute a new higher education community with technology, health and society as its priority areas. The higher education community in Tampere will be made up of more than 30,000 students, 330 professors and 4,400 employees.
“The Tampere university community aims to develop into an international forerunner in multi- and transdisciplinary research,” says Jarmo Takala, Provost of the new Tampere University and Vice President for Research at TUT until the end of 2018.
“Through close collaboration, research in technology, health, and society will produce breakthroughs in science, business, and society across traditional disciplinary boundaries. For technology research, the new operating environment means novel research topics and application areas as well as new opportunities for cooperation. I find this very inspiring!”
An interdisciplinary approach will play a key role in education as well.
“Our students will be able to flexibly build individual study paths that facilitate the development of profound expertise and understanding. And we will support their successful careers and their membership of the University community after graduation, for example, through alumni activities, partnership models, mentoring and further study,” Takala explains.
“Community spirit, community spirit and community spirit”
Jarmo Takala has accrued close to 20 years of experience in academic administration. He has held a succession of positions as Head of Department, Head of Degree Programme, Dean and Vice President for Research.
“I was appointed to a professorship in early 2000 and, I guess not having the heart to refuse when I was asked, found myself as Head of Department in June. The thing about administrative roles is that they offer a broader perspective on the activities of a university. Despite my different titles, research has always been my main preoccupation. I’ve also never stopped teaching, even while working at VTT and Nokia.”
He has been closely involved in the Tampere3 project throughout its existence, first in the preparations concerning ICT research and education in his role as Dean. He joined the Preparation Group for Research after becoming Vice President for Research at TUT in early 2017.
“The three most important things about building our new higher education community, in my opinion, are community spirit, community spirit and community spirit. A strong community spirit provides a foundation that will help us resolve all the other challenges through dialogue and negotiation.”
The Provost serves as the academic president for research and education, chairs the Academic Board and is the supervisor of the deans who lead the new University’s seven faculties.
”One of the areas that especially interests me is recruitment: how can we attract and retain the right people? In my different roles at TUT, I’ve participated in the development of the recruitment process of tenure-track faculty. We’ve done quite well in the competition between universities. Successful recruitment at all levels of the organisation is the key to success.”
Who? Jarmo Takala
- Provost of the new Tampere University. Vice President for Research at Tampere University of Technology until the end of 2018.
- Doctor of Science in Technology, 1999. His dissertation explored parallel computing in signal processing.
- Has previously worked, for example, as Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Electrical Engineering and as Head of the Department of Computer Systems at TUT, and occupied research positions at Nokia Research Center and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.
- Has led numerous national and international research projects. Has headed the international Master’s Degree Programme in Information Technology. An active member of international associations in information technology.
- Enjoys music. Plays in a band made up of TUT professors, where the Vice President for Research has traditionally played bass.
Text: Katja Ayres
Photo: TUT photo archives