VISION | VALUES | PROFILE | MISSION | TAMPERE UNIVERSITIES COMMUNITY | STRATEGIC IMPERATIVES | STRATEGIC FOCUS AREAS |
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”
Working life needs and student feedback guide development of education
In 2018 TAMK continued as one of the most popular universities of applied sciences in Finland. In the joint application statistics we were the second most popular. Especially TAMK’s good reputation in working life and Tampere as a student-friendly city appeal to students.
We have purposefully paid attention to student experience and versatile learning possibilities. Last year we focused on first-year students’ experiences and factors which promote or prevent students from engaging in their studies.
Development of learning possibilities is supported by analysis of student feedback. We renewed our feedback practices and made an extensive interview study in three degree programmes among those who interrupted their studies. Based on the study we ended up supporting students’ graduation through intensifying student counselling. In 2018 this can be seen in the record number of completed degrees.
The Degree Programme in Energy Engineering received an EUR-ACE quality label in the first accreditation made at TAMK by the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre Karvi. A new educational opening was the Degree Programme in Software Engineering, which responded to the competence needs raised by Tampere Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s ICT committee and the sought-after increase in paid degree education. A student group from Bangladesh started in autumn 2018.
The external funding proportion of our RDI grew by 14 % and paid services by 24 %, which tell about TAMK’s growing impact in working life. The larger volume gives students more participation possibilities in learning situations in working life. For teaching staff, the working life cooperation ensures up-to-date competence and real-life application examples – for the benefit of students and future professionals.
The new Tampere Universities community started its operation at the beginning of 2019. The multidisciplinarity, size and impact make the community a significant competence centre in Finland and Europe. The higher education community has all prerequisites to offer the keys to success for both students and working life.
Together with Tampere University we will find strong competence spearheads where our different profiles and focuses meet and open new possibilities to solve present-day and future problems and competence needs. Implementation of our education strategy will continue. We will renew education and develop new cooperation forms.
TAMK’s role in applied research and development as well as development of innovation and entrepreneurship links Tampere University’s scientific research into practice. RDI cooperation already takes place in joint projects and networks in many fields. The joint objectives can be found in the community’s research strategy.
Future competence and lifelong learning
• 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.
To develop future competence, TAMK will revise its curricula in close cooperation with Tampere University. In 2018 all degree programmes analysed the changing competence needs of working life that need to be considered in education. More than 200 working life experts participated in this work through the advisory boards of the degree programmes.
In revising curricula, every field of education identified joint studies in the higher education community and multidisciplinary studies were developed at the same time. For example, the field of social and health care created approximately 100 credits of studies with Tampere University to respond to the competence needs of the changing field. About 80 credits of joint competences were identified in construction engineering curricula made by TAMK and Tampere University in cooperation. Furthermore, students had the possibility to complete studies in the other higher education institution through cross-institutional studies.
TAMK started a development programme in teachers’ pedagogical competence to support multiform study possibilities and digital learning possibilities. Pedagogical development needs and related solutions were identified in each school. The key development elements included digital mentoring and digital pedagogy training for teachers.
We also invested in staff’s pedagogical skills through workplace learning and competence sharing. Staff competence was strengthened with successful recruitments in 2018. We received more business life expertise to strengthen our RDI and project competence.
Our operating culture will develop significantly and systematically when our staff members participate in projects and paid education and services. Our staff members demonstrated their skills and willingness to implement international education for example in China, Brazil and Portugal.
An extensive learning analytics project financed by the Ministry of Education and Culture started in 2018. It will implement the digital strategy of TAMK and the higher education community. It will pilot and develop digital learning analytics in universities of applied sciences.
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.
Even if the state funding decreased, the proportion of external funding increased by 12%. This made it possible to maintain our staff resources and competence level. The vigorous growth of education export gave more teachers the possibility to participate in international activities.
The successful growth in paid services and education export resulted in sales of more than €4 million. Almost 2,300 persons participated in paid education in 2018. The focus of international sales was on the markets of China, Latin America and Egypt. Tuition fees paid by degree students did not reach the set target and difficulties in having a visa prevented students’ entry from some countries.
• 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.
The first joint Tampere Summer School of the Tampere Universities community took place in August 2018. A total of 31 summer courses were implemented and 377 students participated in them. The summer school was internationally attractive as 63 different nationalities were represented among the students.
TAMK is an internationally interesting destination for teachers and experts. The number of incoming teachers and experts was 455 in 2018. The growth was 17% compared with the year before.
The education export team was strengthened for the markets of Africa, the Middle East and China. The two most important education export openings were the double degree in the Degree Programme in Bioproduct and Process Engineering with our Chinese partner Qilu University and the agreement on the Degree Programme in International Business with Alexandria, Egypt.
In recent years we have cooperated closely with our three strategic partners, which are the Dutch Hanze University of Applied Sciences, German Munich University of Applied Sciences and Dutch Hague University of Applied Sciences. At the end of 2018 we renewed our strategic partnership agreement with Munich University of Applied Sciences for five years. It aims at extending cooperation in education as well as in research and development.
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
We have succeeded in our aim of diversifying our project funding base. We for example received Business Finland’s funding with Munich University of Applied Sciences for a Finnish-German joint call project on building-related energy efficiency and energy reserves.
Research groups of the focus area started in 2018 and our project preparation cooperation with Tampere University and the city of Tampere started well. Equally significant is the project preparation with TAMK’s other focus areas and VTT.
There are several new projects ongoing in the field of environmental technology. These involve e.g. new solutions for low carbon coating, collecting and reusing of nutrients, and recycling of food waste and by-products into an organic fertilizer for greenhouses and gardens.
In the near future, we will place special emphasis on Smart City Lab cooperation with the city of Tampere, Business Tampere and Tampere University. Our international projects focus on Europe, for example Estonia, Germany and Holland, as well as the CIS countries. We will also participate in preparing EU’s framework programme together with Tampere University.
Developmental expertise in pedagogy
In 2018 the focus area had more than 50 ongoing research and development projects, which describes TAMK Professional Teacher Education’s and TAMK’s pedagogical and development expertise. We produced eight new project proposals and eleven publications.
We strengthened our cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Culture, Finnish National Agency for Education and other education development organisations. We participated in a national teacher education development programme and a network project which aims at developing teaching and guidance staff’s competence at upper secondary vocational institutions. In these projects we cooperated closely inside TAMK but also with other Finnish teacher education institutions and vocational education and training.
We also had project and network cooperation in Europe where our visibility increased in pedagogical development, for example through Erasmus+ projects. Research groups of the focus area promote the themes of higher education pedagogy, upper secondary vocational pedagogy, learning analytics and student experience. Our short-term aim is to consider if the research themes need to be updated and to join Nordic research networks.
The research groups of the focus area gathered together to innovate new projects for the ESR application in autumn 2018. The session was very productive with many new openings, which we will hear about later. TAMKJournal and blog articles brought visibility for the focus area during the year.
New operational models for health care and social services
RDI visibility and impact of our focus area increased. We started six research groups in our strong competence fields of ageing and home services, digitalisation of health care and social services, business possibilities in wellbeing field, changing competence in health care and social services, occupational wellbeing and productivity, cultural wellbeing and differentiating society.
Through the research groups we increased our volume of operation and encouraged teachers to RDI and new multidisciplinary projects. We submitted more than 20 funding applications during the year. Many of them were approved. We succeeded in creating multidisciplinary and often national projects with large budgets. Examples of these include HIPPA – Wellbeing and Better Service Housing through Digitalisation and Virtual Medicine – Creative Competence for Health Care and Social Services.
The national Remotely More – Work in Social and Health Care Is Changing project funded by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health can be considered as a flagship of the focus area. MESH – Employing Immigrants via Networks and Mentoring project was a new opening with international ESR funding. Projects around a regional wellbeing centre are being prepared in cooperation in the Tampere Region.
In November 2018 a strategic PROFI application was submitted to support TAMK’s RDI profiling. Our proposal on development and implementation of a wellbeing data roadmap received the Ministry of Education and Culture’s strategy funding. The project focuses on genomic data and strengthening of related competence among health care and social services staff. TAMK’s investment decision will also start a new project called Sote Virtual Lab and Industry Virtual Lab in cooperation with the focus area of intelligent machines and smart devices.
Entrepreneurship and innovative business
In 2018 we strengthened the joint Y-kampus operation at Tampere campuses and promoted regional entrepreneurship and innovation by organising innovation events and participating in multidisciplinary projects.
We worked actively in the Tampere start-up ecosystem, for example in Tribe Tampere and Sitra’s start-up alliance work and strengthened our other cooperation regionally and nationally.
Our international cooperation is extensive, including start-up actors in Silicon Valley and TAMK’s international partner universities.
Innovative operations models of entrepreneurship, such as Proakatemia, create a strong basis for the focus area. In 2018 we organised Silicon Viking’s Startup World Cup Finland competition and were a cooperation partner in Stream start-up festival. We organised Innoevent for the sixth time. It gathered more than 700 student participants. Students also participated in international start-up and innovation cooperation, for example in European Innovation Academy in Portugal, Lapassion project in South America and Artful Business Creation studies in Hague.
In 2019 we will network by introducing new cross-regional and international cooperation projects and national and international events, activate innovation and strengthen the start-up community and development in the Tampere Region. Our research groups will focus on multidisciplinary cooperation, business digitalisation, growth into entrepreneurship and growth entrepreneurship.
Fifteen publications were produced on entrepreneurship and presented in international conferences. The topics included wellbeing of growth entrepreneurs, their views on increasing students’ entrepreneurial attitude and entrepreneurial personality. Along with them, our international network extended and more international project proposal work and cooperation were started. Entrepreneurs’ and researchers’ cooperation started in the first Y-forum. It can be seen for example in the high-level publication called Journal of Finnish Studies.
Intelligent machines and smart devices
The focus area of intelligent machines and smart devices developed its strategic competences and connections with the help of new research groups and prepared and implemented related projects. Competence was increased through networks, fast application of new technologies and high-quality preparation and implementation of projects.
Four multidisciplinary research groups started in the focus area. We received funding for numerous project ideas from different parties, such as Business Finland. Our cooperation will develop when we work actively in projects and expert networks and participate in events and conferences organised by financiers.
We will develop our RDI competences further in cooperation with degree programmes. The focus is on new technologies, intelligent solutions offered by digitalisation and high-quality project implementation. We will make projects more and more visible inside and outside TAMK, especially in the Tampere Universities community.
In 2019 we will continue developing our strategic strengths and preparing projects for different funding instruments, also international. Our aim is to increase TAMK’s visibility and position as a national and international RDI partner by networking and utilising our multidisciplinary competence. With Tampere University we will concentrate on deepening and increasing project cooperation and applied research as well as strengthening international networks and cooperation.
In Kataja project we developed large-scale 3D printing technology and made a practical experiment on 3D-printed biomaterial structures. A result of the project funded by Business Finland was a large-scale 3D printer for printing parts made of wood-plastic composite. The most visible pilot was a three-metre-long lightweight bridge which was made for a housing exhibition in Pori by combining a robot to the 3D printer.