Three higher education institutions in Tampere have signed a charter to pave the way for the Tampere3 merger, which will establish a new university foundation.
The leadership of the Tampere University of Technology (TUT), the University of Tampere (UTA) and the Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) signed the charter and approved the foundation university’s rules on 20 April. They also proposed to call the resulting institution Tampere New University.
The aim of the university foundation is to combine TUT and UTA into a single organisation that will also provide applied degrees under TAMK—which the foundation holds the majority of shares for. As it stands, Finland has separate laws governing traditional universities and universities of applied sciences on course content and teaching, but a legislative reform to permit the two types of institution to run joint courses is underway.