The merger – behind the curtain

The word is out that Tampere3 will start operating as a new higher education community on 1 January 2019! Tampere3, or the Tampere University Foundation, operates as a foundation university and will also be the main owner of Tampere University of Applied Sciences.

As a part of the university community, there will be a new student union uniting Tamy, the Student Union of University of Tampere and TTYY, the Student Union of Tampere University of Technology. The new student union will operate as the new university’s students’ body governed by public law. The Students’ Union of Tampere University of Applied Sciences will continue to represent their students as a separate organization.

The merger of the student unions has been under preparation since 2017. The outlines of the merger are drawn by the Councils of both student unions and everyday integration is coordinated by the steering group consisting of Secretary Generals and the chairs of Executive Boards as well as the merger seminars organized in cooperation between the offices. Hired to work on carrying out the merger are I, the Merger Coordinator, and the Brand Coordinator Rosa Lehtinen working on the brand of the new student union.

The merger may seem far-off, and on many levels it is. The administrations, regulations, office procedures, services for members and several other things must be scrutinized one by one. Both student unions have long traditions and ways of operating that have been formed during decades of work.

Members are the student union and that’s why we are asking our members to tell us about their views on the new and old student unions in a survey which is currently open for students of University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology. The wishes of organizations, such as subject associations, guilds and hobby associations are gathered in another survey for associations.

The new student union is properly put into operation democratically when the new Central Election Committee, formed by the current student unions, organizes the first Representative Elections of the new student union in September 2018. Each member may stand as a candidate and form electoral alliances if they like. Voting is electronic and takes place from 24 to 26 September.

The new Council will make decisions on the important regulations and other things during the autumn of 2018. The Council will appoint the first Executive Board of the new student union for 2019 and make the first strategic choices, starting from the values of the student union.

Are you worried about something regarding the merger? You can tell us about it in the member survey or contact the student unions!

Jari-Pekka Kanniainen

Student Union Merger Coordinator

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