University of Tampere

Not to be confused with Tampere University of Technology.
University of Tampere
Tampereen yliopisto
Latin: Universitas Tamperensis
Type Public
Established 1925
Rector Liisa Laakso[1]
Administrative staff
2,000 (2014)[2]
Students 22,322 (2014)[2]
Location Tampere, Finland
University of Tampere

The University of Tampere (UTA) (Finnish: Tampereen yliopisto) is a university in Tampere, Finland. It has 15,400 degree students and 2,100 employees. It was founded in 1925 in Helsinki as a "Civic College" (Kansalaiskorkeakoulu), and from 1930 onwards it was known as a "School of Social Sciences" (Yhteiskunnallinen korkeakoulu). In 1960, the institution relocated to Tampere, and in 1966 it was re-named University of Tampere.


The University of Tampere began in 1925 in Helsinki as an institution generally referred to as a Civic College. The guiding notion was that enlightenment was conducive to peaceful societal development. It was felt that large sectors of the population and especially young people in the rural areas were in need of enhanced popular education.

In the early years of its operations interest in the Civic College focussed increasingly on catering for the educational needs of the municipal administration and press. The major success areas, a qualification in social care and a qualification in librarianship, came into being in the 1940s.

In 1960 the institution moved to Tampere and within years the student intake increased fivefold and the former specialised college expanded into a multi-faculty university. The name was changed to the University of Tampere in 1966.


The university is divided into nine schools:

Co-operation on local and international level

The university collaborates with the City of Tampere, Tampere Region and other higher education institutes in the area, likewise with companies and public sector organisations.

Together with the Danube University Krems, the Beijing Normal University and the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück, the University of Tampere offers a Erasmus+ Joint master's degree (Master in Research and Innovation in Higher Education).


The collections of the Tampere University Library comprise approximately 380 000 volumes of electronic resources (see Electronic Resources 2013) and approximately 500 000 volumes of print resources (in 2011). The materials are free to use for all at the premises of the library.

The Main Library acquires information resources mainly on the fields of information sciences, management sciences, social sciences, arts, music research and speech education. The Main Library is also in charge of acquiring all textbooks excluding health sciences. In addition to the textbooks there is also the school book collection of class teacher education in the Main Library.

Humanika, the Department Library of Humanities and Education acquires information resources on the fields of education and humanities. The collection emphases is on history, English philology, Scandinavian languages, French language, German language and culture, Slavonic philology, Finnish language, linguistics, translation studies (English, German and Russian), literature history and criticism, and education.

Tertio, the Department Library of Health Sciences acquires information resources mainly in health sciences. Tertio functions as the textbook library for the School of Medicine, the School of Health Sciences and the Institute of Biomedical Technology. It also provides library services to the Tampere University Hospital. Tertio acquires all the required books and journals for the specialists' degrees.



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Coordinates: 61°29′39″N 23°46′41″E / 61.49417°N 23.77806°E / 61.49417; 23.77806

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