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Tampere University celebrates new academic year virtually

Published on 25.8.2021
Tampere University
symbolic picture with flowers and text Opening of the academic year
Tampere University will organise the opening ceremony of the new academic year at 12.30 on Tuesday, 7 September. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony and other programme will be virtual events.

President Mari Walls’s speech opens the new academic year. Director Mari Pantsar from Sitra gives the keynote speech. Iiris Taubert, Chair of the Student Union of Tampere University TREY, will bring the students’ perspective to the ceremony.

The Alumnus/Alumna of the Year nomination will also be unveiled. The programme concludes with “On the Way to the Opening Ceremony”, a short film produced by Sorin Sirkus.

Before the Opening Ceremony, Tampere University’s alumni will hold their first meeting of the autumn. The event is themed “City of the Future”.

On the opening day, several awards will be presented to members of the university community. The City of Tampere’s Research Grant Committee awards the authors of distinguished doctoral dissertations. The University of Tampere Foundation and the Industrial Research Fund at Tampere University of Technology will each award prizes for the best dissertations and to scholars with impressive publication merits.
Tampere University’s Social Impact Award is also be presented and the Student Union of Tampere University TREY awards the best teachers.

The programme of the Opening Ceremony and a link to sign-up

The programme of the alumni event and a link to sign-up

The programme of the Foundations’ awards session (in Finnish)

Further information:
Kyösti Koskela, 050 318 6621, kyosti.koskela [at]