TAMK University of Applied Sciences and PIRAMK University of Applied Sciences and will merge at the beginning of 2010.

The name of the new university will be TAMK University of Applied Sciences. In addition to the city of Tampere, the new TAMK will operate in Ikaalinen, Mänttä-Vilppula and Virrat. The merged UAS will have almost 9000 students.

The most popular UAS in Finland

In the joint application of spring 2009, TAMK and PIRAMK were the two most popular among the Finnish universities of applied sciences. In the joint application to youth education, TAMK had on average 4.8 primary applicants and PIRAMK 5.2 primary applicants per study place. The Finnish average was 3.3 primary applicants per study place.

In the study field of culture the new TAMK will offer in addition to the degree programmes at the School of Art and Media: Fine Arts, Film and Television and Media (taught in English) also a degree programme in music (in Tampere) and a degree programme in media (in Virrat).

Who knows, maybe our name changes to TAMK School of Art, Media and Music!

In practice, the both universities are already working together in many areas, like research and development. The PIRAMK students also took part in the arrangements of our Tampere Art Factory festival last month.

The main campuses of TAMK and PIRAMK are next to each other, on both sides of the same street. The new TAMK main campus area will be the biggest UAS campus area in Finland.

Photo: It takes two to TAMK is a newsletter reporting about the preparations of the merger.