The University of Tampere (UTA) is a culturally-committed higher education institution with the social mission of educating visionaries who understand the world and change it. With its six faculties and some 15,000 degree students, UTA is one of the largest and most popular universities in Finland. The profile of the University is wide-ranging and its research crosses disciplinary boundaries. The University has developed innovative research perspectives into the various phenomena of society, health and welfare. In its teaching and research the University takes a critical approach to phenomena in society. Its experts engage in the societal debate both through their publications and through the mass media; their opinions are sought after and their words carry weight in discussion and decision-making.
The origins of the University in its forerunner, the Civic College, have endowed it with a singularly clear and extensive mission to serve society. The University of Tampere is Finland ‘s biggest provider of higher education in the field of social sciences and the accompanying administrative sciences. Some 15,000 students are currently pursuing degrees at the University of Tampere. Every year approximately one thousand master’s degrees and one hundred doctoral degrees are produced. The personnel numbers about 2,000. The Rector of the University is Ms Liisa Laakso and the Administrative Director is Mr Petri Lintunen. The Chairman of the Board of the University is Mr Kari Neilimo.
Tampere University of Technology, University of Tampere, and Tampere University of Applied Sciences have joined forces in order to develop a new kind of mode of operation in the Finnish higher education. The aim of the Tampere3 process is to establish an inspiring and globally attractive environment for research and learning, which benefits from multidisciplinary interfaces and draws interest and has a high impact in both Finland and internationally. The new university will provide a unique hub for the interdisciplinary research on the economy, technology, health and society. The high-quality education will enable students to have new kinds of flexible study paths and to earn versatile degrees that will serve the needs of the working life and science. The Tampere3 project is being prepared in cooperation with the Ministry for Education and Culture.