Tampere 3 project granted 22 million in negotiations – the ministry will pull the funding if there is no progress
The funding for Tampere 3 has been written into the contracts between the Ministry and the higher education institutions for the contract period 2017–2020. Should the organisation not progress as planned in 2017, the Ministry will pull the Tampere 3 funding from the contracts of the higher education institutions of Tampere.
The Ministry of Education and Culture has granted a total of 22 million for the Tampere 3 project. The details can be viewed in the contracts between the Ministry and the higher education institutions for the contract period 2017-2020.
According to the contracts, the University of Tampere and Tampere Technical University (TTY) will receive 4 million euros annually during the contract period 2017–2020 to fund the Tampere 3 project’s organisation and the establishment of its fields. Additionally, Tampere University of Applied Sciences (Tamk) was granted 1,5 million euros annually for the same purpose for the contract period 2017–2020.
”Funding has been one of the touchstones of the Tampere3 project.”
The funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture comes with conditions. According to the contracts the entries can be amended if necessary. If the project does not move forwards, as stated in the plans for 2017, the Ministry will remove the Tampere 3 funding from the contracts of the higher education institutes in Tampere.
The funding for Tampere3, which aims for the unification of three separate higher education institute, has been stated several uses in the contracts. From these flexible study paths, students’ electronic services and digital teaching methods are the ones apparent to students. Research, development and innovation are also included in the plans as well as establishing entrepreneurship and better utilisation the city environment. These are all included in the contracts.
Funding has been one of the touchstones of the Tampere 3 project, and TTY in particular has emphatically demanded more money for establishing the new university. Last autumn, one of TTY’s board members assessed that the costs of the transition phase would require additional 50 million euros. TTY actually halted the preparations of the fusion process last November.
The contracts are dated on December 20th. The board of TTY announced they would continue the preparations only a few days prior to this. Outcome evaluation meetings were held already last spring, but the contracts were published this year.