Tampere Ambassador: Yulia Shumilova

Where are you from?
I am from Tomsk, Russia, a half a million city with 410-year history, six public universities and a number of private ones. Coming from Siberia, I enjoy warmer winters in Tampere.

What would you like to tell about yourself?
I am a researcher, an international project manager and a part-time entrepreneur, who likes to unite and inspire people. I enjoy organizing trips and events in the field of higher education and professional development. I’ve lived in Finland for 10 years now (staying after my Master studies in Higher Education Administration) – long enough to get true friends and a good professional network. I’ve witnessed how Tampere has become more international and I am glad to contribute to its further opening up to the world!

Why is Tampere the best place to live?
First, Tampere offers wonderful opportunities for studies throughout life – from best kindergartens and schools to three (complimenting each other) Higher Education Institutions and affordable adult learning courses. For instance, this week I was in an open seminar on Start-up funding in New Factory, had a Finnish language class and a PhD seminar in our university; celebrated the opening of the new kindergarten with my friend and on weekend, I might join a drawing workshop in my native language.

Second, I am in love with Tampere’s nature and the view from Pyynikki tower. I guess, every other Ambassador has mentioned that already, yet it’s just worth seeing once all these lakes and forests! No wonder so many international students want to stay here after graduation (according to my research – at least 60%).

Third, Tampere is beautiful, safe, walkable, bike-able, fun (just wait for Vappu!) and foreigner-friendly.

I am proud that the Mentoring program, the Ambassadors and Talent Tampere networks were developed here.

Tell about your professional activities?
I work at the University of Tampere as a researcher, doing my PhD on the topic of International graduate employability in Finland and also involved in several EU funded projects. As an entrepreneur I organized more than 10 summer schools and professional development trainings for Russian partners in Tampere.

Beside this, I am also promoting the activities of two associations: Tampere Parents’ Association and Tampereen Yliopiston Tieteentekijät ry.

What is your involvement in international activities?
My workplace is quite international and in the EU projects I cooperate with a large network of partner universities from Europe, Russia and Ukraine.

In addition, I am glad that our Russian-speaking community is becoming more active and I am trying to support my friends’ projects.

What is your mission as a Tampere Ambassador?
As a Tampere Ambassador I will promote Tampere to all our partners as a perfect venue for organizing conferences and to my friends – as a place to visit. I will keep organizing the study visits to the Higher Education Institutions of Tampere and the innovation hubs – Demola and New Factory.

What potential do you see for Tampere in the future?
I believe, that there is a huge potential in the international students who come to study here and stay after graduation. As our Ambassador network is growing (and our Finnish language skills improve), we would create more working places and interesting projects. I also hope that Tampere would offer more budget airline destinations so that people could easily access it.

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