A word from the President

Tampere University of Applied Sciences’ operational level and popularity remained at a good level in 2015. To ensure operational quality, an international audit of TAMK’s quality management system was completed in autumn 2015. The strategy was also reviewed and specified in cooperation with the staff and board.

Changes have been made to TAMK’s operating model in order to provide better support for our research, development and innovation work. As a result, project preparation and applications are now being handled more proficiently than ever. Furthermore, projects are becoming more

thoroughly integrated with teaching and learning, as responsibility for R&D&I has been transferred to the various Schools of education. Participation in wide-ranging, multi-partner projects is taking place in all fields of education. The change in TAMK’s operating model, together with the start of a new funding period have given rise to strong growth in TAMK’s R&D&I operations, which are now being systematically directed towards our chosen strategic focus areas.


Digitalization has become part of the daily routine at TAMK. It is transforming teaching and learning, and is having far-reaching effects on the competences of the whole TAMK community – students and staff members alike.


TAMK is an active player in the international arena, as its strategy demands. We are engaged in fruitful collaboration, particularly with Brazilian and Chinese universities, to update the pedagogical expertise of teachers and professors. Education export is playing an ever greater role in the achievement of TAMK’s strategy. New legislation will allow annual tuition fees to be charged for students from outside the EU and EEA who are studying for a degree at a Finnish institution of higher education. In order to ensure the quality of all our operations, TAMK’s quality management systems were audited by an international body in the autumn of 2015.

In the next few years, the most significant game changer for TAMK’s operations will be the Tampere3 process. TAMK, Tampere University and Tampere University of Technology are carrying the project forward together in a spirit of cooperation, strongly backed by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Our common goal is to build a completely new kind of higher education consortium – one that is internationally competitive in terms of its research and development capabilities and in terms of the higher education it provides.



Comment from the Chairman of the Board

The Board of Tampere University of Applied Sciences has now approved an updated and refocused strategy for TAMK. The new strategy is crystallized in TAMK’s vision statement: TAMK – The best professional higher education from Finland worldwide. As we strive towards this goal, we shall be closely examining changes in our operating environment year by year.

Strategy development at TAMK is powerfully driven by two forces: the Tampere3 project, and TAMK’s own internal development processes.

In the spring of 2015, the Board of TAMK made the official decision to join in the process of building a completely new kind of higher education institution in Tampere. In terms of its long-term impact on TAMK, this is undoubtedly the most significant strategic decision since the merger in 2010 of the two universities of applied sciences in the Tampere Region.

Where TAMK’s internal development is concerned, I would like to draw attention to two issues. Firstly, TAMK’s new emphasis on R&D&I is sure to change our whole system of teaching and learning over the next few years. We have a strong profile as a teaching institution, and this expertise is now being exploited more and more effectively in research and development operations. At the same time, student involvement in R&D&I activities is becoming increasingly normal practice, and this trend is, in turn, facilitating the transition from studies to working life.

The second issue is internationalization. This is the other strategic theme in TAMK’s operations that the Board has chosen to prioritize. In fact, internationalization is absolutely essential. We can strengthen our international profile by increasing our education exports. Student exchange and other forms of inter-university co-operation are also powerful forces for internationalization; we should therefore continue to expand in these directions, too.


Matti Höyssä
Chairman of the Board



Tampere University of Applied Sciences

TAMK is one of the largest and most popular institutions of higher education in Finland.


TAMK in Numbers

• ca 13 000 students

• ca 700 members of staff

• 7 fields of study

• 17 bachelor’s degrees

• 15 master’s degrees

• over 40 degree programmes

• almost 2000 degrees awarded each year

• 350 partner universities in 50 countries

• annual budget of 66 million euros



TAMK is a multidisciplinary, international university of applied sciences which focuses on promoting health and wellbeing, business and technology together with learning and creativity.




Tampere University of Applied Sciences Ltd

The Board of Tampere University of Applied Sciences Ltd

TAMK’s executive group


Members of the board from 1.1.2015 on: Matti Höyssä (chairman), Risto Ilomäki (vice chairman), Jari Alanen, Heikki Alho, Linda Asikainen, Lauri Hietalahti, Auli Korhonen, Jaakko Mustakallio ja Kalle Mäkelä.

From 5.5.2015 on, the  members are Matti Höyssä (chairman), Risto Ilomäki (vice chairman), Jari Alanen, Heikki Alho, Linda Asikainen, Lauri Hietalahti, Riitta Metsänen, Kalle Mäkelä and Iiris Suomela.



On the photo (back, left) Risto Ilomäki, Kalle Mäkelä, Heikki Alho, Linda Asikainen ja Lauri Hietalahti, (front, left) Jari Alanen, Matti Höyssä, Riitta Metsänen and Iiris Suomela.




City of Tampere 87 %

Sastamala Municipal Education and Training Consortium 9 %

Municipality of Ikaalinen 1.5 %

Municipality of Ylöjärvi 1.5 %

Tampere Music College Foundation 0.5 %

Tampere School of Household Management Association 0.5 %

The President and CEO of Tampere University of Applied Sciences is Markku Lahtinen.


Executive Group


Markku Lahtinen,
President, CEO

Merja Jortikka,
HR Director

Päivi Karttunen,
Vice President, Development and Quality Management

Aura Loikkanen,
Director of Higher Education Services

Mikko Naukkarinen,
Vice President, Business Operations and Services

Marja Sutela,
Vice President, Education and RDI

Esa Lovén,
Director of Finance

Merja Saarinen,
Expert Member, finance



International Advisory Board

TAMK has an International Advisory Board, which was appointed in 2014. Its task is to put the combined expertise and vision of its members at the disposal of TAMK’s upper management in internationalization matters.

The members of this advisory body are Ms Kaarina Koskenalusta, Business Consultant (USA); Professor Heinz Ziegler (Germany); Professor Howard Jacobs from the University of Helsinki; and Mr Matti Sommarberg, Chief Technology Officer of Cargotec Corporation.

Heintz“TAMK provides a great diversity of internationalization components: students’ exchanges, lecturers’ and staff exchanges, foreign students, summer schools, international weeks, R&D projects, global education, strategic partners…

Many different target groups are being addressed. All this put together can be called real internationalization. The next steps to take, in my opinion, are the expansion of the global education as well as increasing the international competence of TAMK’s lecturers and staff.

Within the IAB, we share a lot of experience in internationalization. There are many ways how we can support TAMK: raise critical discussion on goals and implementation plans, generate additional ideas how to achieve these goals, use the networks of the IAB members for TAMK.

Tampere3? Whether it means closer cooperation or a merger, a marketing process has to be developed in any case. Becoming internationally known or more esteemed will not happen automatically.”

Heinz Ziegler




Tampere University of Applied Sciences, the University of Tampere, and Tampere University of Technology are working together to create a new operating model for Finnish higher education. Tampere is set to become an internationally pre-eminent centre for higher education.

The Tampere3 project took a significant step forward when the Ministry of Education and Culture decided to set up three working groups, with effect from the beginning of 2016. Their task will be to prepare any necessary changes in legislation, and to design an operating model for creating a new kind of higher education consortium.

Where the development of the Finnish higher education sector is concerned, Tampere3 is a pioneering force. Preparations are going ahead in a positive spirit to find an operating model that will meet future needs: one that is internationally competitive both in terms of its research and development capabilities and in terms of the higher education it provides.

All the parties concerned are finding that the Tampere3 process is already expanding their networks, strengthening their regional influence, and broadening the international dimensions and the multi-disciplinary scope of their operations. Ever-closer collaboration among the partner institutions is enabling them to create new and flexible study paths and new kinds of expertise, even new types of degree. Our common goal is to build the kind of framework that will support seamless and effective interconnections between academic research and practical development.

Tampere3 provides enormous opportunities, particularly for internationalization. All the pieces are in place for us to make Tampere a powerful magnet for foreign students. Tampere3 will open up a study highway from bachelor’s level to doctoral studies; this will undoubtedly increase its appeal as a study destination, both at home and worldwide.









The first technical college in Finland established in Tampere.


Rebuilding of infrastructure calls for more engineering skills. Several new colleges start all around Finland.


Test period for universities of applied sciences. Temporary licence for Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK). Focus on social services and health, catering and tourism, business, music and media.


Permanent license for Tampere University of Applied Sciences, owned by the City of Tampere.


Temporary licenc for Pirkanmaa University of Applied Sciences (PIRAMK). Focus on technology, forestry, business, art and media.


Permanent licence for Pirkanmaa University of Applied Sciences Ltd, main owner the City of Tampere.


TAMK and PIRAMK unite to become Tampere University of Applied Sciences.


Permanent licence for Tampere University of Applied Sciences Ltd. A prospect for merging the higher education institutions in Tampere is introduced.


The Ministry of Education sets working groups to advance the so-called Tampere3 process.