Three HEIs in Tampere develop degree programmes that cross institutional borders

A new building is constructed on the University of Tampere’s Kauppi campus, which will eventually house the joint BioMediTech institute of two universities.

A new building is constructed on the University of Tampere’s Kauppi campus, which will eventually house the joint BioMediTech institute of two universities.

Three higher education institutions in Tampere are planning a new, multidisciplinary higher education collaboration in order to make them better prepared to serve the scientific and educational needs of the society, businesses and working life. The cooperation initiative is called Tampere3.

The three higher education institutions – Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Tampere University of Technology and the University of Tampere – are looking to develop degree programmes in their main fields of study that transcend institutional boundaries. In addition, they want to increase multidisciplinary collaborative research.

The vision of the Tampere3 initiative is to provide high-quality education for all students pursuing a doctorate, a master’s degree or a bachelor’s degree. The aim is that the new bachelor’s programmes meet all the formal requirements applicable to BSc degrees conferred by a university of applied sciences. In the future all BSc graduates would be eligible to seek admission to university-level master’s programmes.

The common goal of the Tampere3 partners is to break down institutional barriers to multidisciplinary research. By establishing an internationally attractive research community in Tampere, they will be in a better position to win competitive research funding than an individual university. Success in a globally competitive environment requires broad collaboration that cuts across conventional disciplinary boundaries.

The preparations of Tampere3 are well underway, and three preparatory groups have already been appointed. The first group is drawing up a proposal for the degree structure and degree programmes and the second for the scientific profile and research areas that fall under the scope of Tampere3. The third group is planning the necessary support services. The groups have access to the expertise of all staff and students from the three institutions.

The creation of a unique cross-institutional academic community requires amendments to current legislation and the development of novel funding instruments.

The process of mapping out research areas with the greatest potential for international excellence and identifying new avenues for multidisciplinary collaboration in research and education will continue throughout this spring. The three institutions will decide how to proceed with Tampere3 based on a report that will be completed in May.