The University as a social influencer

The University of Tampere had an impact on Finnish society even before it was actually established: the University’s early predecessor, the Civic College, was founded in 1925 to dispel the conflict and revolutionary spirit that had ignited the Civil War in 1918. In June 1917, the first words in favour of the new university were uttered by Adjunct Professor Leo Harmaja of the University of Helsinki. The current University of Tampere is Finland’s leading university in the social sciences: its impact extends beyond Finland through research, education and co-operation.

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