*Jani Patrakka is part of Tampere Student Ambassador programme, where students from UTA, TTY and TAMK are promoting Tampere internationally as a great place to study and live.*
Where are you from?
Tampere, born and raised.
What would you like to tell about yourself?
I'm a fourth-year technical university student with an affection for all things international. I'm into music and theatre but when it comes to sport, I prefer climbing or badminton.
What makes Tampere special for you?
I may be biased as I grew up in here but to me, Tampere is the perfect city. It's not too big but it has a very versatile selection of academic possibilities. Tampere is not an industrial city and still there is a strong corporate presence in town. Tampere is green but still packed with services, good internal and external transportation as well as a student-friendly atmosphere -- what else would you look for in a city?
Tell about your professional activities?
I'm studying to become a teacher of mathematics and science, although organisational activities are also close to my heart.
What is your involvement in international activities?
I'm active in international students' clubs at TUT as well as an international tutor. Furthermore, I have participated on numerous Erasmus+ funded international projects and made contacts around Europe.
What is your mission as a Tampere Ambassador?
I wish to promote Tampere as the best city to live, study and work. Good things are easy to sell and Tampere has a balanced set of attributes which makes it outstanding.
What potential do you see for Tampere in the future?
Huge potential, I see the university merger in Tampere as one of our main selling points. After Tampere3, the massive university complex of ours has virtually limitless potential for corporate relations. As long as the city realises this and promotes entrepreneurship, start-ups and large-scale corporations alike have motivation to invest in Tampere.