As of January 2017, a new Faculty of Natural Sciences will be founded at the University of Tampere. The future prospects of this faculty are so straightforward that they differ from those of the other five new faculties.
“The new faculty is intended as a temporary solution and it will cease to exist when the new Tampere3 university is established,” says the newly appointed dean Kati Iltanen who is university lecturer and Doctor of Philosophy.
The Tampere3-project will merge the University of Tampere, Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) into a new foundation university from the beginning of 2018.
“I hope that the project will progress as planned in spite of the tight schedule. However, the degree programmes in computer sciences, and mathematics and statistics will increase cooperation with the partner universities in any case. In computer sciences we will cooperate with both TUT and TAMK and in mathematics and statistics with TUT,” Iltanen explains.
Kati Iltanen graduated Master of Arts at the University of Kuopio in 1997 and Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Tampere in 2002. She has researched machine learning and data mining.
Iltanen teaches the computational methods used in analysing data and databases. At the beginning of 2015, she started as the instructor in charge of the Degree Programme in Computer Sciences.
What is the dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences planning to do after she starts in her new job?
“The job will not start until new January. I think we will have a small opening party for staff and students,” Iltanen promises.