The University of Tampere is shaping its own future. In its strategy, the university positions itself in Finnish society and on the map of Finnish Higher education. This new strategy is called Let’s shape the future. Change in the University of Tampere 2010 - 2015.
The university will implement this change by streamlining its administrative structure and by providing the staff with improved opportunities for research and internationalization. This is not an easy task but it is now the ideal time for change. The future promises us the chance to unlock opportunities and discard the notion that change is threatening.
The profile of the University of Tampere accentuates the university’s multifaceted research and education on society and health. The interface between the public and private sector activities forms a unique and distinct characteristic of the university’s profile. In its research activities, the university plans to focus on important, current societal issues. According to this strategy, the University of Tampere aims at "educating visionaries who understand the world and change it", and it thereby emphasizes the close relationship of the university with the state, the municipalities, enterprises and non-governmental organizations.
The university intends to make a greater impact on society and to increase its visibility by having a clearer focus in its activities and by cooperating closely in particular with the Tampere University of Technology. The most noticeable change in everyday activities will be merging the current 40 result units into approximately ten discipline-based schools. These schools will take over all the present tasks of the faculties and departments. This lighter administrative structure will allow teachers and researchers to spend more time on research and teaching. A major change is also the establishment of the university’s own doctoral school.
The implementation of the strategy will begin immediately. In 2012 at the latest, the university will have changed its old format and have turned a new leaf in its history.