Tampere Ambassador: Kori Allan

Where are you from?
I am originally from Canada.

What would you like to tell about yourself?
I am a Postdoctoral Researcher and was a Visiting Researcher at the University of Tampere for a semester in 2016.

Why is Tampere the best place to live?
Coming from a big multicultural city – Toronto – I expected to dislike Tampere. In English guidebooks it is merely described as an industrial city. Instead, my husband and I fell in love with Tampere. When I first moved here, I couldn’t get over how quiet and pretty the snowy city center was as I walked to work. We enjoy the natural beauty of Tampere as well as its accessibility. It is very easy to live in Tampere – it is small and compact, but has everything we need. We could also travel to other international cities from Tampere for both business and pleasure with ease. It didn’t even feel as cold as the Canadian winters where I grew up, so we embraced winter activities.

Tell about your professional activities?
I am an anthropologist/sociologist who studies unemployment, migration and labour. As a Visiting Researcher at the University of Tampere, I participated in research activities, seminars and workshops. The academic environment is very rich and I felt intellectually stimulated and welcomed by my colleagues.

What is your involvement in international activities?
It is imperative that you collaborate with colleagues internationally in academia. The University of Tampere welcomes international colleagues as well as connects with many other international scholars through local events. I participate in international conferences, workshops and seminars annually, collaborating with colleagues who work on similar research all over the world.

What is your mission as a Tampere - All Bright! Ambassador?
I welcome the opportunity to highlight the strengths of Tampere internationally. Not only does the University of Tampere offer a stimulating academic and intellectual environment, but Tampere is a wonderful place to live. I really appreciated the efficient and collegial work environment, but also the valuing of nature and family life that I encountered in Tampere. I would most definitely recommend it to my colleagues.

What potential do you see for Tampere in the future?
I am impressed by Tredea’s efforts to help attract and retain international talent and their willingness to work with various partners (including academic ones) to make Tampere more inclusive. I see great potential in such efforts to foster international professional networks and to continue to enrich a very livable and bright city.

Kori Allan Tampere - All Bright! Ambassador

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