Vision 2020 

TAMK – The best professional higher education that Finland offers to the world.


• A sense of community

• Respect for the individual and individual differences

• Sustainable development

• Appreciation of expertise and entrepreneurship


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





“Our strong orientation towards working life ensures the best learning possibilities for our students. Furthermore, we are involved in research, development and innovation which specifically target the development needs of working life.”

The assignment of universities of applied science is to offer higher education for professional expert assignments, based on the needs of the working life and its development. In 2017, TAMK responded to this task, defined in legislation, by ensuring the updating of its teaching and using pedagogic methods which support the learning of practical skills.

One example could be the InnoEvent, where over 700 students from the Tampere3 universities worked for a week on innovation assignments from companies. In addition to the multidisciplinary team and project work, the students practised sales speeches and networking. The winning teams worked on innovations with a fresh take, some of which could be put directly into practice.

The most significant environment to develop our operations has for a few years already been the Tampere3 project. One of its essential objectives is to allow increasingly purposeful and individual competence profiles for students in the form of flexible study paths.

We are creating an expedited one-stop service chain to integrate all levels of development for the surrounding society. The aim is to offer those looking for a development partner the opportunity to be supported by the diverse research, development, and innovation competence of the higher education community.

During 2017, the reform of curricula was started. In its first phase, the various education branches analyse particularly the future competences of their fields. This work has been carried out together with the Tampere3 partners and working life advisory boards. The experience of studying and its significance for the success of the studies has been a central theme in the development.

TAMK’s digital strategy has been carried out since 2014, and its actions have proceeded in all functions. The digital mentor network supporting pedagogic competence, for example, has received good reviews, and it has established a place as a form of staff peer support in planning digital learning and teaching.  In 2017, over 10,000 students at TAMK took their exams electronically. Digitalisation was also promoted in student services and education management through introducing mobile applications.

Strategic imperatives


Ensuring lifelong learning skills and competences for future needs

•  We are the leading university in Finland creating multi-modal learning environments and flexible learning opportunities.

• We are developing quality and effectiveness in the learning and studying process (student experience).

• We are creating new know-how, and new operational models and culture, to be integrated into our increasingly digital operating environment.

• Our RDI operations are an integral part of teaching and learning.

• Our curricula anticipate the needs of working life and stimulate continuous development.

• We are continuously developing the professional skills and competence of our staff.

• We are extending the reach and improving the effectiveness of our operations as part of the modernization of Tampere’s higher education sector.


The internal development theme in 2017, safety, supported both the working capacity of the staff and the wellbeing of the work community. The application of LEAN thinking helped in the development of processes.

The development of the staff competence continued systematically through supporting digital mentoring, project and RDI operations and organising various substance competence trainings. The teaching staff who participated in the work periods outside TAMK brought new knowledge to their work teams. Updating the pedagogic competence of vocational teachers throughout their careers was raised to a development programme in TAMK as part of a national project.

Together with the universities, we launched the first phase of the Tampere3 curriculum work with an analysis of the new competence requirements of the working life.

We recognised shared competence objectives in the studies of TAMK and the universities. These objectives allow proceeding into cooperation in the implementation of the curricula, and possibly even agreeing on a distribution of work between the new university and TAMK.

TAMK organised several specialisation education programmes subject to a separate fee, such as the Cyber Security education for IT experts. There will be more of this kind of education programmes and paid trainings, which will certify a certain competence, in addition to the ones achieved through master’s or bachelor’s degrees. Education is always an investment in competitiveness by the individual and their employer.


Actively strengthening our financial base

• We target our services and RDI operations to match customer needs. We are expanding our financial base so that at the end of the strategy period a minimum of 20 % of our funding will come from external sources.

• We are in great demand as a partner in RDI collaboration.


Research, development, and innovation operations are more significant to TAMK’s education units than ever before.

We have systematically developed our RDI operations, while the EU’s structural fund period has offered us excellent funding possibilities. These have allowed us to carry out new development projects in various fields of profession. The RDI operations in the education units have been supported with experienced research project experts.

Paid services have increased rapidly, which is a sign of the improved usability of our competence in working life.


Extension studies, in particular, have increased significantly. This has partially been affected by a more systematic customer relationship management. TAMK has also been trusted by the authorities to organise the education they have put out for tenders.

Starting at the beginning of 2018, TAMK received the opportunity to collect donation funds from companies, associations, and private individuals, to be used as a basis for receiving a national counterpart. The fund-raising campaign, with a direct effect on the development of teaching, learning environments, and the RDI operations, will continue throughout 2018.

Incorporating an international dimension in all our operations

• We are continuously expanding our education exports, and becoming more deeply involved in our international networks.

• We shall continue to increase our provision of education in English, develop the internationalization of our education programmes, and raise the international profile of our RDI operations.

We promote the on-going development of international competences in all our staff.


Carefully prepared and targeted marketing work paid off: regardless of preliminary estimates, the introduction of tuition fees did not reduce the number of foreign degree students.

TAMK reached the predefined monetary target for tuition fees. We also launched new degree programmes in English, including the Master’s Programme in Educational Leadership, which drew extensive interest internationally with its unique content profile.

The charged degree education for those coming from outside the EU/EEA, as well as other international extension education, are TAMK’s ways of serving the internationalisation of working life in the Tampere region.


These forms of education can introduce new expert potential to the reach of the local employers. Both sectors of paid education increased significantly in 2017.

Strategic partnerships with the German Hochschule München and the Dutch Hanze University of Applied Sciences continued. A new strategic partnership was launched with The Hague University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. This cooperation will emphasise student and staff exchanges, developing joint degrees, and acquiring shared project funding.

Strategic focus areas

We have outstanding expertise in our five chosen focus areas, and collaborate closely with working life in all these fields:

• Energy-efficient and healthy built environments

• Developmental expertise in pedagogy

• New operational models for health care and social

• Entrepreneurship and innovative business

• Intelligent machines and smart devices


Energy-efficient and healthy built environments



Similarly to the past few years, we concentrated on carrying out the large projects started through the Tampere3 cooperation. Research funding has been made increasingly versatile through applying for an increased range of Tekes and EU funding. One example of the Tampere-Hamburg cooperation is the Interreg AREA21 project related to making the energy consumption of a residential building block visible.

Projects completed in 2017 included the much publicised Urban agriculture – Resource efficient business opportunities which included the use of urea in agriculture, and the Hiilinielu Design Studio which created business operations from new bio products and design. The strategic focus area participated in several international conferences brainstorming projects with foreign cooperation higher education institutes such as Hanze, Munich and Ostfalia, as well as connecting with new partners, e.g. The Hague, Hamburg, Chalmers.

Students and professionals in the bioforestry and the creative fields joined forces for the Hiilinielu Design Studio project, which aimed to develop new business operations and jobs around the area of bio products and design. The project was a shared multidisciplinary project by the Tampere and Lahti universities of applied sciences and the Design Forum Finland. It was funded through the EU ESF structural fund.

Projects in progress within the strategic focus area include the EL-TRAN future electricity system funded by the Academy of Finland, the COMBI project on the energy efficiency of public buildings, and Hierakka in Hiedanranta. Cooperation with the City of Tampere continues in the Vuores and Hiedanranta areas, for example. The City also participates in several energy efficiency projects. Intelligent city solutions are sought through the shared 6AIKA projects by six large cities.

In the near future, we will be concentrating on launching the research groups bringing together the strategic focus areas and different fields of education. Of the five research groups within our focus area, the circular economy and resource wisdom group is common to the entire field of technology in TAMK. During 2018, we will participate in the preparation of the EU framework programme together with the international community of universities of applied sciences.

Read more about all of the projects in the strategic focus area through our project search.

Developmental expertise in pedagogy



The project range within this strategic focus area achieved its best result so far. Approximately 50 research and development projects were carried out within the focus area, which is descriptive of the strong pedagogic competence and development intent within TAMK’s vocational teacher education, as well as all of TAMK.

We strengthened our cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Culture, Finnish National Agency for Education, and other education development organisations. We participated in the national teacher education development programme (OPEKE), launched based on a proposal by the teacher education forum appointed by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

With vocational education increasingly transferred to places of work, the students’ study paths are becoming more individualised, and the work of the teacher is reformed. The Parasta osaamista project (Best competence) supports vocational upper secondary schools in finding new models and developing their operations to meet new challenges. Ten organisers of vocational education and all five higher education institutions in vocational teaching participate in the project.

Cooperation in expert networks and projects reached into Europe, where our visibility as a pedagogic developer increased. We conquered new areas and received funding from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), for example. In the future, the research group work within the focus area is set to expand significantly, as there will be four research themes: Higher education pedagogy, Upper secondary vocational pedagogy, Learning analytics, and Studying experience. We will be increasingly investing in fixed and continuous cooperation with operators in the education and teaching field both nationally and internationally.

Learn more about all of the projects in the strategic focus area through our project search.


New operational models for health care and social services



The strategic focus area has strengthened TAMK’s visibility outside of TAMK further, and has activated its RDI activities in the strategic competence and focus areas. We have submitted approximately 20 funding applications, many of which resulted in a positive funding decision.

The multidisciplinary research group in this focus area has concentrated on brainstorming and the preparation of funding for RDI key projects and Tampere3 cooperation projects. The RDI funding structure has been successfully made more versatile, and funding is now received from structural funds and Ministries (Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Ministry of Education and Culture, AMIF), as well as other national research funds. TAMK has also been a partner in the H2020 application.

We have tightened Tampere3 cooperation with the theme Health, where TAMK’s RDI operations have also been promoted. A total of six Tampere3 Health theme seminars were organised in 2017, giving an opportunity for local researchers to network and create shared RDI projects. The focus area is represented in the shared Tampere3 Global Wellbeing research group.

The focus area participated in Tampere3 cooperation to apply for participation in the Academy of Finland flagship programme Globally transferable solutions for health care in aging society. The application was an opening and a tangible example of the extensive shared applications of the universities and their preparation. This time the application did not result in funding, but it did offer valuable experience for the future.

The reform of the research groups within the strategic focus area increases the number and volume of research groups. In addition to the current core research group, six new groups are being launched to support TAMK’s teachers in the increasingly extensive RDI work and to create multidisciplinary RDI key projects within the focus area.

Learn more about all of the projects in the strategic focus area through our project search.


Entrepreneurship and innovative business



One of our essential objectives for 2017 was developing the joint operations of the Y-kampus concept at all Tampere3 universities, as well as entrepreneurship and innovation operations in general. Another significant objective was carrying out successfully demanding shared research projects, such as VALIT and Deeva. We also prepared new multidisciplinary projects.

We have actively formed networks and developed cooperation locally, nationally, as well as internationally with universities and startup communities in Silicon Valley, as well as in Europe. Originally TAMK’s Y-kampus operating model to promote entrepreneurship has been developed further in Tampere3 cooperation, and more emphasis has been placed on the development of service innovations. Applied research teams have also participated actively in the development of local entrepreneurship and entrepreneur competence in the rapidly changing world. Modern sales are a strong part of the teaching, and in 2018, the development of modern sales at companies can also be seen in projects.

The growth of the Y-kampus concept, which started at TAMK’s Proakatemia, continues to be positive. The Y-kampus received a significant acknowledgement as the Federation of Finnish Enterprises and the Rector´s Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (Arene) awarded the concept as the best entrepreneurship operation of the universities of applied sciences in 2017.

Innovative operating models related to entrepreneurship make a strong foundation for the operations of the strategic focus area. Based on team entrepreneurship and team coaching, the pedagogic model of Proakatemia continues to draw both national and international interest, which is proven by the hundreds of visitors in Proakatemia in 2017, as well as the several cooperation requests from both education and projects.

In 2018, the networking work will show in new cross-regional and international projects, national and international events, increased innovation operations, and the strengthening of the startup community and development work in the Tampere region. The focus area will particularly invest in the development of growth companies and modern sales. New research groups focusing on multidisciplinary cooperation, the digitalisation of business operations, growing as an entrepreneur, and growth entrepreneurship started their operations in the beginning of 2018.

Learn more about all of the projects in the strategic focus area through our project search.


Intelligent machines and smart devices



During 2017, we brainstormed and submitted several project applications, and launched and carried out several projects for various funding instruments. Our cooperation networks developed actively. The new multidisciplinary research group in the focus area has participated in thework of expert networks, conferences, and events organised by financiers.

We have recognised and developed further the competences supporting the research, development, and innovation operations within the focus area. New technologies, the high quality of carrying out the projects, and encouraging persons outside the research groups to participate in the RDI work have been emphasised. Project operations have been made increasingly visible both within TAMK and outside it, particularly in Tampere3 cooperation.




In 2018, we aim to form new research groups to continue the development of the strategic strengths of the focus area, as well as preparing new projects for various funding instruments extensively, particularly acknowledging Business Finland and international funding sources. Our aim is to utilise our multidisciplinary competence and form both national and international networks in order to strengthen TAMK’s visibility and position as a wanted RDI partner.

Several projects have been prepared and carried out as Tampere3 cooperation projects. In 2018, we will concentrate on deepening the Tampere3 project cooperation and developing applied research in cooperation with the other Tampere3 universities.

Learn more about all of the projects in the strategic focus area through our project search.

The Drone Expert project creates an extensive and multidisciplinary drone competence centre and regional cooperation network in the Tampere region, to support the local SMEs in their competence needs, networking, brainstorming, and innovation related to drone utilisation, as well as the development of new related services and business operations. The project is funded by the European Social Fund.




From the beginning of 2019, Tampere University of Applied Sciences will join forces with the new Tampere University (combining the University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology). Together these will form a unique multidisciplinary university community in Finland with competitive edges in technology, health and society. 

Forming the new Tampere3 community is a challenge, but also an opportunity to strengthen TAMK’s role as a university of applied sciences. Together and through the cooperation of experts in various fields, we can create strong competence centres, combining the working life-based development and education typical to universities of applied sciences with the scientific approach familiar to universities.

TAMK participates in building the Tampere3 community as an individual university of applied science, with its separate statutory assignments and education profiles. Tampere3 will enable an increasingly close and effective cooperation with the universities in terms of both RDI and education. Together, we will be better able to face the challenges brought by changing society and globalisation.

The Tampere3 project is also part of the preparation for the structural development of higher education in Finland in the 2020s. Integrating university and university of applied sciences operations on a practical level, utilising synergies, and sharing strengths will allow making Tampere a leading city of university education, a true alternative to the capital Helsinki, even from a foreign perspective.