Ulla Preeden

Ulla Preeden (born 29 April 1980)[1] is an Estonian geologist, academic and politician.

Ulla Preeden
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Ulla Preeden in 2015
Born (1980-04-29) 29 April 1980 (age 42)
OccupationGeologist & academic
Political partyIsamaa


Preeden studied at the University of Tartu here she gained her PhD in geology in 2008. Her thesis considered secondary magnetization of Sedimentary rocks.[2]

After working as an researcher on geophysics and mineralogy at the University of Tartu, she was appointed the rector of the Tartu Health Care College in 2016 for a five-year term. In 2019, under her leadership, the college established the first masters programme in radiography in the Baltic States.[3] She is a member of Estonian Rectors’ Conference of Universities of Applied Sciences, a EURASHE member.[4][5][6]


Preeden is a member of the Isamaa political party where she has held positions including as a member of the governing council and chair of the party's Women's council.[7][8] In 2011 she became the governor of Põlva, making her the first female governor since Estonian independence in southeast Estonia and the country's youngest governor. She held the post until 2016.[9]


Since 2013, she has been a member of the Women's Home Defence group of the paramilitary defence organisation the Estonian Defence League.[10]


  1. ^ Eesti Teadusinfosüsteem. "CV: Ulla Preeden". etis.ee. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  2. ^ Eesti Teadusinfosüsteem. "CV: Ulla Preeden". etis.ee. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  3. ^ "First Master's Programme in Radiography commences in Tartu". The Baltic Times. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Tartu Tervishoiu Kõrgkooli rektoriks valiti Ulla Preeden | Haridus- ja Teadusministeerium". www.hm.ee (in Estonian). Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Ulla Preeden". EURASHE. 7 November 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Põlva maavanem Ulla Preeden valiti Tartu tervishoiukõrgkooli uueks rektoriks". Tartu Postimees (in Estonian). 10 May 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  7. ^ "VAATA, kes kui palju hääli IRLi eestseisuse valimistel sai". Delfi. 7 June 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  8. ^ "IRLi naiskogu IREN uueks juhiks sai Riina Solman". Delfi. 21 April 2018. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  9. ^ "ULLA PREEDEN – TEADURIST MAAVANEMAKS". ut.ee (in Estonian). 8 November 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Naiskodukaitsja valiti Kaitseliidu vanematekogu liikmeks". naiskodukaitse.ee. Retrieved 4 October 2019.