Monday, 1 December 2014

Local collaboration is the key to international impact!

Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), Tampere University of Technology (TUT), the University of Tampere (UTA), and Police University College (POLAMK) comprise a dynamic and regionally and globally connected network of expertise. Each higher education institution in Tampere has its own area of expertise but they work in close collaboration to form one of Finland's most attractive and multidisciplinary consortia for education, research, and regional development called Unipoli.

The Unipoli agreement was already signed by the universities in 2006 but it is nowadays stronger than ever. The purpose of the agreement is to establish closer ties between the institutions, support efficient use of resources, and promote development of the city to an international hub of expertise. The Unipoli collaboration focuses on five strategic areas which are education, internationalisation, research, development, and support services.

Especially the network’s collaboration in international matters has many functional forms. Unipoli offers cross-institutional studying opportunities for incoming students, which means that a foreign student of TAMK can select courses taught in English also from the other Unipoli universities. There is also a broad selection of services for international students, such as a Friend Family Programme and a Mentoring Programme. As regards incoming teachers and staff Unipoli offers possibilities to see and experience the HEIs in Tampere broadly.

It is also in Unipoli’s interest to work together with the local companies as much as possible. And in practice this means that we yearly organise several events where international students and employers can meet and learn from each other.

The Unipoli cooperation was developed to support the international impact of higher education institutions located in the Tampere Region. And in my opinion we have certainly achieved the goal. I look forward to seeing what the future will bring and we have several new development ideas in mind. One of them is to create a Tampere Summer School brand together!

To find out more about the Unipoli cooperation please see

Text: Kirsi Tolvanen, Head of International Services

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