Key information of TAMK

TAMK is characterised by its diversity and multidisciplinary education. In all our education and development projects, competences in different fields are boldly and creatively combined Tampere University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest universities of applied sciences (UAS) in Finland.

According to the  legislation on universities of applied sciences, the main task of a UAS is to provide higher education leading to professional expertise for working life. In addition, a university of applied sciences should support economic and cultural development in its region by conducting applied research and development, and by carrying out and promoting artistic pursuits.

TAMK's educational provision focuses particularly on wellbeing and health, business, and industrial production, with special emphasis on promoting learning and creativity.

TAMK in figures

  • over 13,000 students
  • ca 10,000 degree students
  • 9 fields of study
  • 17 bachelor's degrees
  • 15 master's degrees
  • over 40 degree programmes in all, of which 9 are conducted in English
  • almost 2,000 new graduates annually
  • 360 partner universities in 50 countries
  • 700 staff members (phy)
  • annual budget of 65 million euros


Vision towards 2020

TAMK – The best professional higher education that Finland offers to the world.


Our strong orientation towards working life ensures the best learning possibilities for our students. Furthermore, we are involved in research, development and innovation which specifically target the development needs of working life.


  • a sense of community
  • respect for the individual and individual differences
  • sustainable development
  • appreciation of expertise and entrepreneurship

Strategic imperatives and focus areas

Our strategic imperatives are

  • lifelong learning skills and competences for future needs
  • securing private sector funding
  • innovative, multidisciplinary focus areas grown from our expertise
  • international dimension in all our operations

We have outstanding expertise in our five chosen focus areas, and collaborate closely with working life in all these fields:

  • Energy-efficient and healthy built environments
  • Developmental expertise in pedagogy
  • New operational models for health care and social services
  • Entrepreneurship and innovative business
  • Intelligent machines and smart devices


TAMK's profile is a multidisciplinary and international university of applied sciences which focuses on promoting health and wellbeing, business and technology together with learning and creativity.

TAMK history

Recent history in brief

  • 1 January 2010, two precursor universities of applied sciences, TAMK and PIRAMK, merge to form Tampere University of Applied Sciences, which thereby becomes the second largest multidisciplinary university of applied sciences in Finland
  • 1 January 2014, a new operating licence is granted to Pirkanmaan ammattikorkeakoulu Ltd, which is the maintaining organisation of Tampere University of Applied Sciences
  • 1 January 2015, an operating licence is granted to Tampere University of Applied Sciences Ltd
  • 28 February 2018, the majority of shares (87 %) of Tampere University of Applied Sciences Ltd is transferred from the city of Tampere to Tampere University Foundation
  • 1 January 2019, TAMK becomes a full member of Tampere Universities community

History of precursor organisations

Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK)
former Tampere Polytechnic

  • 1912: establishment in Tampere of the first technical college in Finland
  • 1992: granting of a temporary operating licence for a university of applied sciences
  • 1996: permanent operating licence granted
  • Educational focus on technology. Other fields of study: business administration, art and media, and forestry
  • Owner: City of Tampere

Pirkanmaa University of Applied Sciences (PIRAMK)
former Pirkanmaa Polytechnic

  • 1997: granting of a temporary operating licence for a university of applied sciences
  • 2000: permanent operating licence granted
  • Created from a merger of 10 upper secondary-level vocational institutions in the Tampere Region
  • Fields of study: health care and social services, tourism and catering, business administration, and music and media
  • From 2000, majority of students studying health care and social services
  • Maintaining organisation: Pirkanmaan ammattikorkeakoulu Ltd, owned by a consortium including the City of Tampere