Tampere University

Tampere University

Tampere University is a Finnish university established 1 January 2019, as a result of a merger between Tampere University and the University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology. The new university also serves as the main owner of Tampere University of Applied Sciences.


Tampere University was formed at the beginning of 2019 , when two universities that were previously distinct, Tampere University of Technology and Tampere University of Technology and the University of Tampere, merged into one. Tampere University was founded in 1925. University of Tampere was first founded in 1925, and the Tampere University of Technology in 1965. This means that Tampere University has many decades teaching experience with students from universities.

Tampere was an important industrial centre in Finland in the latter part of the 19th century. Agathon Meurman, who was a member of the senate from Finland who had argued for his desire for the establishment of a technological higher institute as early as mid-19th century. However, in the aftermath of the war, every technical degree was offered in the Helsinki University of Technology. Urho Kekkonen, president of Finland issued an edict to establish Tampere as the location within Helsinki University of Technology. Helsinki University of Technology in 1965. The school opened within the year. The branch was granted independent University status on the 1st of July in 1972, and was officially named Tampere University of Technology.

The two universities had always enjoyed good relations, and cooperation was widespread in the areas of computer science, economics biotechnology, medical technology. Thus, the idea of combining the two universities was suggested numerous times. The Tampere3 merger process started in 2014 when the vuorineuvos Stig Gustavson invited higher education institutions of Tampere to discuss reform. In 2015 the three universities agreed on that they would create a brand new University in Tampere. In 2016 Tampere's Ministry of Education and Culture appointed a steeringgroup, as well as a working group to work on the foundation of a foundation university. In the beginning, Tampere University of Applied Sciences was planned to join the foundation in a similar manner to the two other universities. But, it would require changes to the law because Universities of Applied Sciences, or polytechnics, aren't considered universities in Finland that can award doctoral and licentiate degrees. This merger was approved by Finnish Parlament in December of 2017 and went into effect on January 1, 2019. The commune of universities (TUNI) is comprised of the new Tampere University and the Tampere University of Applied Sciences, of which Tampere University is the major shareholder.



Tampere University is primarily a research university, while Tampere University of Applied Sciences is focused on development. Multidisciplinary collaboration prior to merger was mostly carried out between the areas of biotechnology, signal processing as well as medical technologies at Tampere University's Institute of Biosciences and Medical Technology (BioMediTech). The University claims it plans to build an internationally recognized research community in the fields of health, technology, and social research.

The university has 10 Finnish Centers of Excellence.

HEX - History of Experience

SPARG - Spaces of Political Agency

Gamekult - Game Culture Studies

AgeCare - Ageing and Care Research

CoETG - Cancer Research

FinMIT - Mitochondria, Metabolism and Disease Research

CoEBoC - Body-on-Chip Research

ProLipids - Biomembrane Research

COMP - Computational Nanoscience Research

Inverse Problems Research

The University also includes one Nordic Centre of Excellence:

NordSTEVA - Security and Safety Research

Additionally it is the University oversees the Academy of Finland's flagship program focused on Photonics Research and Innovation (PREIN).


An estimated 20,600 degree students attended Tampere University in 2017, comprising 9300 undergraduate students, 9,300 in master's degrees 7600 students enrolled in master's degree programs and 2,400 students on doctoral degree programs. Furthermore, 1,400 students are studying in the field of medical specialists. In 2019, the University received 28,265 applications , of which 2,977 students were accepted at a rate of 11 percent. In the same time, it was the second most-used school in Finland only being beaten by Finland's University of Helsinki.

What's Tampere University known for?

Tampere University is one of the universities with the highest diversity in Finland. Nearly all internationally recognized disciplines are covered at the university. Students will get a top-quality education in an exceptional learning environment. Studying with Tampere University Tampere University will give you the chance to build an international network of academic and professional friends.

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