The University of Tampere’s fund-raising campaign yields 3.7 million euros

Submitted on Thu, 07/06/2017 - 09:26

The most money was donated to medicine, business studies and social sciences

By the end of June 2017, the University of Tampere’s Trailblazers of Science fundraising campaign yielded 3.7 million euros in donations, of which 3.5 million euros entitle the University to receive matched funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture.

The campaigners at the University of Tampere are very happy about the result of the campaign and thank the donors for their support. The largest donors include the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation, the Sigrid Jusélius Foundation, OP Financial Group, Turva Mutual Insurance Company and Fimlab Laboratories. Altogether, the donors number about a hundred.

Rector Liisa Laakso gives her heartfelt thanks to all the donors for their faith in the University of Tampere.

“The donations are important in many respects. They are a manifestation of the appreciation for free academic research and the education based on it, but they are also a sign of committed partnerships and fruitful cooperation,” Laakso says.

In 2014, the University of Tampere set five million euros as the goal of the fund-raising campaign.

“However, we may think that the 1.9 million euros, which we simultaneously raised as assets for the new foundation university starting in 2019, were also a part of the fund-raising campaign,” Laakso comments.

The Finnish Government’s programme to drive the universities’ fund-raising campaigns by matching the donated sums ended on 30 June. The private donations raised by the universities will be matched by 150 million euros of Government funds. Decisions on the final sums of matched funding are expected in the autumn of 2017.

Fund-raising will continue

“We are especially happy about the donations the University received from foundations and the support new business donors showed for the work that we are doing. However, we could have received more donations from private citizens,” says Päivi Myllykangas, director of stakeholder engagement at the University of Tampere.

The matched funding campaign will end but the universities’ fund-raising campaigns are going to continue. The University of Tampere’s campaign to raise funds for its nine fields of study will go on and the joint fund-raising campaign of Tampere New University will start in the early autumn of 2017.

“Fund-raising will also be an important area in which we want to succeed in the new university and university of applied sciences. We hope that regional businesses and societies will join us as cooperation partners and donors in our endeavour to build the new university community,” Myllykangas says.

For more information, please contact:
Rector Liisa Laakso, tel. 044 318 0861,
Director of Stakeholder Engagement Päivi Myllykangas, tel. 040 743 6417,