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Union concerned about future of polytechnics

The Finnish union Akava has expressed concern over plans to combine three higher education institutions in Tampere, which it states could make universities of applied sciences defunct.

According to Sture Fjäder, head of the Akava Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff, plans to combine the University of Tampere, Tampere University of Technology and the Tampere University of Applied Sciences risks undermining the education provided by universities of applied sciences. 

The three higher education institutions in Tampere announced their intention to create “a new type of university in Finland” by combining some of their work into what they hope will be an internationally competitive, multidisciplinary institution, in October 2014. In a previous interview with Research Europe, Kaija Holli, rector of the University of Tampere, said that the plan was not to do a merger but to look for “areas in which we are stronger together than apart”.

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