Group 35 000
Group 35 000 is formed by three different student associations, all based in Tampere. The associations are the Student Union of the University of Tampere, the Student Union of the Tampere University of Technology and the Student Union of the Tampere University of Applied Sciences. The main objective of the group is to supervise students’ interest in Tampere region. In addition, Opiskelijan Tampere (Students’ Tampere) association supports the group in its activities.
The group was originally founded for promoting students’ objectives in the municipal elections in 2008. Initially, the name of the group was KUPO group, KUPO coming from the word ‘kunnallispolitiikka’, municipal politics in Finnish. Already in 2008, the group had its own municipal policy programme. In 2012, inspired by the example set in Turku, the group adopted a new name, Group 35 000.
Currently, Tampere is seen as a vivid city full of students. This positive image should be preserved. In the future, Tampere should profile itself, not only as a place to come and study but as a pro-student city.
Where does the name Group 35 000 come from?
The name of the group stands for the number of students studying in Tampere, i.e. every sixth resident in Tampere is a student. The name was chosen to emphasise the fact that students represent a significant part of the whole population in Tampere region. The address of the group’s web page, jokakuudes.fi (everysixth.fi), is in line with that observation as well. Student culture is an essential part of the image of Tampere.
What are our objectives?
The main objective of the group is to promote students’ interests and to enhance their visibility and social standing in Tampere. We have written a municipal policy programme laying down those issues we seek to improve in Tampere.
During the campaign, we will compile a list of the candidates who are willing to commit themselves to fostering the issues listed in our programme over the entire four-year term.
Our aim is to see as many pro-student candidates as possible elected to the municipal council in Tampere this autumn.
We want to be heard in local decision-making!
Municipal policy programme
A better Tampere for all students
Education as Tampere’s strength
* High-quality, multidisciplinary higher education attracts new Finnish and international students to Tampere
* Research and students are involved in developing the city
* The Tulli, Hervanta and Kauppi campuses are vibrant and inspiring collaboration centres
* Open and democratic preparation processes engage all residents of Tampere
Affordable housing for all students
* Student apartments are planned to be built in central areas of the city, for example in urban infill projects
* The minimum parking requirements are made more flexible: more student apartments, less parking spaces!
* Forms of collective housing are promoted, and Finnish and international students are offered housing in the same apartment buildings.
By bicycle and tram to the campuses
* Students are offered decent discounts on public transportation
* Exchange students are also entitled to student discounts
* Key pedestrian and cycle ways are kept in good condition around the year
* Good cycling and public transportation connections ensure smooth traveling between campuses
* Mobile tickets are introduced
Students make Tampere full of life
* The city offers internships and short-term employment for students
* Support services are offered to start up businesses and academic entrepreneurs
* Graduates of higher education are employed in the Tampere region with the help of common career services and by supporting the employment opportunities of international students
* Thriving and vibrant city centre attracts young people to Tampere
* High-quality, well-functioning basic services are an asset of the city
Study ability and well-being through preventive measures
* Students in danger of social exclusion are supported by municipal social services
* Parks, free urban space and good opportunities for outdoor activities support well-being and engagement in versatile recreational activities
* Well-functioning student health care services with central location is ensured for all students both at universities and at universities of applied sciences
* Incurrence of debt is stopped in time: debt counselling and social credit are offered to young people with financial problems
* Free birth control is offered to all young people in Tampere
We want to make the voice of students heard in local decision-making!