University Consortium of Pori (UCPori)

The University Consortium of Pori (UCPori) is a scientific network community comprised of Tampere University and the University of Turku. Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture has assigned Tampere University to coordinate the University Consortium.

Tampere University offers master’s level education in social research, social work, management and information technology at UCPori. The University of Turku offers bachelor’s and master’s programmes in economics and business administration and in cultural production and landscape studies. In addition, the Centre for Maritime Studies of the University of Turku’s Brahea Centre operates at UCPori.

UCPori runs a joint exchange programme between the two universities that brings approximately 25 international exchange students to Pori in the autumn and spring semesters.

UCPori underwent a major renovation in 2020, which included Tampere University reducing its space requirements from 2,074 to 1,580 sqm. The facilities were renovated to foster a sense of community and provide more group study spaces.

After Tampere University and the University of Turku had completed their own strategies, UCPori launched its own strategy process that focused on the added value generated by UCPori as an agile, multidisciplinary community that represents the universities with a local presence in different networks and development programmes in the Satakunta region. A further strategic priority is to increase collaboration with companies. UCPori’s strategy will be confirmed in the spring of 2021.

Tampere University took strategic action to promote collaborative teaching across its campuses and expand course offerings. In 2020, 94 new students enrolled onto the programmes offered by Tampere University at UCPori. The total number of students pursuing a degree in these programmes was 360. Tampere University conferred 46 Master of Science in Technology degrees – an unusually large number. One student completed a doctorate, and 20 students graduated with a Master of Social Sciences degree. Professional development programmes drew 49 participants. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, UCPori moved its student exchange programme online in the spring of 2020.

Major events included Satahyvä 2020, a seminar on social, health and welfare research organised by the Faculty of Social Sciences in January, and the long-standing UCPori-wide outreach event TiedeAreena, which attracted more than 1,000 viewers in September.

In February 2020, UCPori and local companies from the Satakunta region hosted a hackathon where students sought sustainable and affordable solutions for sharing information relating to sustainable development especially with the region’s SMEs. Students from the Pori and Hervanta campuses of Tampere University as well as from the Turku School of Economics took part in the hackathon.

UCPori collaborated with Satakunta University of Applied Sciences and the business development company Prizztech Ltd, among other things, within the framework of the RoboAI research and product development centre and the Robocoast Digital Innovation Hub. The Health & Welfare Technology Expo and the FinDrones 2020 conference were organised in the autumn of 2020 as part of the RoboAI Week.

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Staff Teaching and research staff Support staff Professors Total staff
  2020 2019 2020 2019 2020 2019 2020 2019
Tampere University, ITC and MAB 35 38 12 13 2 3 49 54
Tampere University, SOC 10 6 1 6 2 2 13 14
University of Turku, Turku School of Economics 32 32 10 10 4 4 46 46
University of Turku, Cultural Production 18 13 1 2 3 3 22 18
University of Turku, Maritime Studies 0 0 4 5 0 0 4 5
Aalto University 2 2 0 2 0 0 2 4

Total students (all universities at UCPori)

BSc and MSc Doctoral Total
2020 2019 2020 2019 2020 2019
1,026 1,037 47 69 1,084 1,095

Degrees conferred and credits earned (all universities at UCPori)





Doctoral degrees Total Credits earned at the Open University
2020 2019 2020 2019 2020 2019 2020 2019 2020 2019
65 57 173 134 3 3 241 194 760 credits 1,194 credits

Publications (all universities at UCPori)

The Finnish JUFO rating scale for scientific publication channels includes three categories: 1 = basic; 2 = leading; 3 = top.

JuFo 1 JuFo 2 JuFo 3 Total (JuFo 0-3)
2020 2019 2020 2019 2020 2019 2020 2019
87 124 39 43 5 17 131 184