President’s overview

Tampere University of Applied Sciences has clearly become a success story that lasts. In the joint application to higher education in the spring 2016, we were once again among the most attractive institutions of higher education in Finland. However, being head of the league in the statistics is not the most important matter: what we cherish most is that students value TAMK and want to study here.

The TAMK strategy has set challenging objectives for research, development and innovation (RDI) operations, and TAMK has proven its competence, particularly in this area. Just last year, we expanded our RDI project portfolio manifold.

And what is best, these projects have got off to a great start, to which our better than anticipated financial result is the best testimony. We have clearly succeeded in our strategic focus area selection, as well as in the way we connect RDI operations with our educational operations.


The new Tampere3 collaboration of higher education institutions will create an outstanding framework for developing new learning environments and studying methods. This way, TAMK is engaged in work that benefits both its students and the working life – as is stated already in TAMK’s mission.


TAMK has actively developed international strategic partnerships. Special focus has been given to educational export activities. I am particularly pleased with the fact that the number of applicants from outside the EU/EEA has not significantly decreased from the previous years, even though this is the first time such students must pay tuition fees.

Along with the expansion of RDI operations and international education, the significance of quality work is ever more important. In the international audit, the TAMK quality system was evaluated as being good. We were praised, in particular, for our staff’s good commitment to the continuous quality management work.

In addition, TAMK has been involved in ground-breaking development work with the University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology, in preparation for the new higher education community Tampere3. I believe that with the new higher education institution, which will start operations in 2019, we will strengthen the share of international activities and RDI operations in TAMK, right along with our strategy.



Chairman of the Board’s overview

From the perspective of the Chairman of the Board, Tampere University of Applied Sciences can face the future with a confident mind-set.

Of the results of 2016, the feedback from the audit made me particularly happy. In addition, TAMK’s attractiveness in the joint application to higher education is also a testimony to our success. The spirit of TAMK, created by our staff and students together, is a strong foundation for the future. In terms of the tasks of a university of applied sciences, the preparation for Tampere3 has now started to find solutions that create a good basis for the operations of TAMK, also in the new higher education community.

We received the results of the TAMK quality system audit last spring. Advisory councils, in particular, were praised for enabling close contacts with our interest groups. We are proud of this feedback: universities of applied sciences work for the needs of industry and commerce.

Naturally, the report also highlighted items we should develop. For instance, the auditors wished that the students would be even better connected than now with research, development and innovation activities. This has always been our aim, but clearly we should develop our model further.

TAMK is strongly in touch with the times and involved in developing the society. There are examples of this in all degree programmes, but I will now highlight two cases which have also been discussed in the media. At Tampere Music Academy, the big-scale production of autumn 2016 was the classical opera Il mondo della luna, composed by Joseph Haydn, in which classical music was combined with 3D motion capture technology. In NASA’s Epic Challenge programme, TAMK got to explore real travelling: The aim of the programme is to resolve challenges related to populating the planet Mars.

Despite its many challenges, the Tampere3 project is well on its way towards a new kind community of institutions of higher education, consisting of a foundation university, as well as the autonomic university of applied sciences (TAMK). From TAMK’s perspective, the working life-basis of the operations is self-evident. In fact, this working life-basis and the Y-Campus are examples of what TAMK has brought to the table to the Tampere3 collaboration.


Matti Höyssä
Chairman of the Board, Tampere University of Applied Sciences Ltd.


Students’ Union Tamko’s overview

The focus areas for the development of the student activities in the past year were encouragement of the activities of the Tamko associations, bringing the operations of the associations closer, and the development of facilities.

During the year, better facilities were arranged for the Tamko associations. In addition, associations received help with any problems they would have, their regulations were reviewed, and the practices for granting subsidies were changed.

The most important change, and one that concerns all students, was the hiring of an expert trustee. In addition to this, Tamko executed some internal changes in appointments and practices, renewed its political agenda and decided to draft a strategy for the Students’ Union for 2017. Also, taking care of daily business and errands for students at the office was made easier by changes in the facility arrangements, new equipment and by renewing the rented facilities.

Tamko’s role in the Tampere3 collaboration of higher education institutions will be significant. We will represent all students at TAMK, as we also currently do. Tamko already collaborates closely with other students’ unions.

In the coming Tampere3 community, there will be two students’ unions: one for university and one for university of applied sciences students. The challenge lies in finding the balance between the division of tasks and serving the students. Tamko will, also in the future, comment on decision-making, as necessary, should the decisions made in any way affect the students of TAMK.


Matti Aho
President of Students’ Union Tamko



Tampere University of Applied Sciences

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


TAMK in numbers

• ca 10 000 degree students

• ca 700 members of staff

• 7 fields of study

• 17 bachelor’s degrees

• 15 master’s degrees

• over 40 degree programmes

• almost 1800 degrees awarded each year

• annual budget of 65 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 is a subsidiary of the City of Tampere.



Members of the board until 24.5.2016. Matti Höyssä (President), Risto Ilomäki (Vice President), Jari Alanen, Heikki Alho, Linda Asikainen, Lauri Hietalahti, Riitta Metsänen, Kalle Mäkelä and Iiris Suomela.

Members of the board from 25.5.2016 on: Matti Höyssä (President), Risto Ilomäki (Vice President), Jari Alanen, Matti Aho, Linda Asikainen, Lauri Hietalahti, Riitta Metsänen, Kalle Mäkelä and Iiris Suomela.


From the left: Riitta Metsänen, Lauri Hietalahti, Linda Asikainen, Risto Ilomäki, Matti Höyssä, Matti Aho, Iiris Suomela, Jari Alanen and Kalle Mäkelä.




• 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 CEO of Tampere University of Applied Sciences Ltd is TAMK President Markku Lahtinen.


Executive Group


Markku Lahtinen,
President, CEO

Merja Jortikka,
HR Director

Päivi Karttunen,
Vice President, Development

Aura Loikkanen,
Director of Higher Education Services


Mikko Naukkarinen,
Vice President, Business

Marja Sutela,
Vice President, Education and RDI

Merja Saarinen,
Expert Member, Finance







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 licence 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.