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President Markku Lahtinen will leave TAMK at the end of the year

Published on 21.2.2020
Tampere University of Applied Sciences
Markku Lahtinen/Jonne Renvall
Tampere University of Applied Sciences’ long-time President Markku Lahtinen, 61, will leave TAMK by the end of 2020.

Lahtinen has worked as TAMK’s president since 1997. Lahtinen was nominated as the president of the present-day, multidisciplinary TAMK in 2009 in connection with the merger of Tampere and Pirkanmaa Universities of Applied Sciences in 2010. Tampere University of Applied Sciences now belongs to the Tampere Universities community.

When I started as the president over 22 years ago, I said to my close colleagues that I will not retire from this work. For several years I have organised my life in such a way that before the official retirement age I have the possibility to do something quite different for a couple of years. First I have some thinning of recently planted forest waiting and a couple of other small forest thinning projects. In the future I will also act in positions of trust in communities supporting education and students.”

Lahtinen notified the Board of Tampere University of Applied Sciences of his plans on Thursday 20 February 2020. His employment contract will continue till the end of the year until the new president takes the lead.

“Our new strategy for 2030 was just approved and we have reorganised our operations model to meet the challenges of the next decade. TAMK’s main task is to produce best possible professional higher education for working life and be an active development partner and innovator for working and business life.”

During the past 20 years, TAMK has strengthened its role as a working life developer and established its position as the most popular multidisciplinary university of applied sciences in Finland. Regional cooperation is our strength in education, RDI and paid services. TAMK searches for new growth and impact through international activities.

“Together with Tampere University we form the Tampere Universities community. It is a unique combination and the second largest higher education and research cluster in Finland. The joint-stock TAMK has a stable economic position and flexible operational procedures. Thanks to them the coming decade seems quite bright in the growing Tampere region.”


Further information:

Markku Lahtinen, tel. 050 524 6525, markku.lahtinen [at]



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