|Location||Tallinn, Harju County, Estonia
|Colors||White and Red|
Tallinn University (TU) (Estonian: Tallinna Ülikool (TLÜ)) is the third-largest institution of higher education in Estonia. It is in Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia. Despite the similar names, Tallinn University and Tallinn University of Technology are separate institutions.
History and ideology
Tallinn University was established on 18 March 2005 as the result of a merger of several universities (among which the Tallinn Pedagogical University was the biggest) and research institutes in Tallinn as well as the Estonian Academic Library. Having merged with such well-established institutes as the International Institute of Social Sciences and the Estonian Institute of Humanities, its main strengths lie in the fields of humanities and social sciences, but it also has a strong and constantly growing component of natural and exact sciences, as well as a long tradition of teacher training and educational research.
The university consists of 19 academic institutes and 5 colleges. It has around 10,000 students as well as close to 500 faculty members and research fellows — on the whole being the fastest-growing university in the country. In 2010, over 10,000 applications were submitted by student candidates; there were over 30 applicants per state-funded place in the most popular programmes.
The university has committed itself to the strategic goal of becoming an international research university with a strong social conscience and a friendly, flexible and collegial environment for learning and personal growth, where considerable academic freedoms guaranteed to the students and the faculty are balanced by strict quality requirements.
One of the main aims of the university is large-scale internationalisation. With its academic degree programmes and a number of shorter programmes and courses offered in the English language, it is about to become the most international university in the Baltic area. Many academic positions are announced for international application and the university is prepared to host international visiting scholars on their sabbatical leaves or by other agreements.
Tallinn University currently maintains over 30 inter-university agreements with universities in Europe, U.S., Japan, China, Russia, and several other countries as well over 400 Erasmus exchange agreements with universities from all over the European Union. The university also organises summer and winter schools (Tallinn Summer School, Tallinn Winter School) and other short-term courses for foreigners.
R&D activities and knowledge transfer
The main objectives of R&D activities are efficiency and a high international standard. To achieve these the university will:
- Increase the proportion of researchers to at least 30 percent of academic personnel;
- Concentrate research while specifying the priority directions of study mainly through intensifying cooperation between the faculties of the university, but also with other research and development establishments;
- Develop centres of competence;
- Introduce systems for motivating lecturers and researchers and for international publication of results;
- Support application of research results and applied studies;
- Orient itself towards increasing the role of international joint projects (mainly research and development programmes of the European Union) and other foreign funding of research;
- Improve the conditions of research work (providing researchers and lecturers with the time, facilities, equipment, literature, study abroad, information technology, etc. necessary for research);
- Increase the role of faculties in coordinating research work within the faculties and respectively the responsibility of the faculties for the quality of the research; create favourable conditions for developing perspective fields of research;
- Take active part in initiating, developing and carrying out national and regional projects;
- Develop cooperation with other research libraries of Estonia with the aim of meeting the research and training needs of academic personnel and students to a maximum extent;
- Mediate the results of research to the general public; develop a complex system of research and training marketing.R&D Department
Knowledge transfer and implementation of research results for society needs development of services, working processes and products of organisations and institutions. Basic forms of knowledge transfer are:
- Research and development projects,
- Knowledge services,
- Sale of definitive work,
- Industrial property,
- Spin-off enterprises.
- Providing a service outside the university
- Providing a service based on university R&D and educational activities;
- Services offered by university members or contract partners.
- Estonian Institute of Humanities: Director Hannes Palang
- Institute of Communication Studies: Director Kaja Tampere
- Institute of Ecology: Director Mihkel Kangur
- Institute of Educational Sciences: Director Rain Mikser
- Institute of Estonian Demography
- Institute of Estonian Language and Culture: Director Reili Argus
- Institute of Fine Arts: Director Orest Kormašov
- Institute of Germanic-Romance Languages and Cultures: Director Suliko Liiv
- Institute of Health Sciences and Sports: Director Kristjan Port
- Institute of History: Director Erki Russow
- Institute of Informatics: Director Peeter Normak
- Institute of Information Studies: Director Tiiu Reimo
- Institute of International and Social Studies: Director Airi-Alina Allaste
- Institute of Mathematics and Natural Sciences: Director Ruth Shimmo
- Institute of Political Science and Governance: Director Anu Toots, caretaker
- Institute of Psychology: Director Aleksander Pulver
- Institute of Slavonic Languages and Cultures: Director Aurika Meimre
- Institute of Social Work: Director Lauri Leppik
- Baltic Film and Media School: Director Katrin Saks
- Catherine's College: Director Dimitri Mironov
- Haapsalu College: Acting Director Janno Kriiska
- Law School: President Rein Müllerson
- Rakvere College: Director Kalle Karron
International Master programs
- Communication Management
- Comparative Literature and Cultural Semiotics
- Crossmedia Production
- Digital Library Learning
- European Studies: Europeanization of Governance and Politics
- Film Arts
- Interactive Media and Knowledge Environments (IMKE)
- International Relations
International Bachelor programs