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Tallinn University
Tallinna Ülikool
Logo of Tallinn University
Established 2005
Type Public
President Rein Raud
Undergraduates 5,482
Postgraduates 2,333
Location Tallinn, Harju County, Estonia
Affiliations EUA
Website www.tlu.ee
Main building of Tallinn University

Tallinn University (TLU) (Estonian: Tallinna Ülikool (TLÜ)) is one of the largest institutions of higher education in Estonia. It is located in Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia.

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History and Ideology

The 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. 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 notable tradition of teacher training and educational research.

The University consists of 6 faculties (Fine Arts, Educational Sciences, Physical Education, Philology, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Social Sciences), 2 academic institutes (Institute of History, Estonian Institute of Humanities), the Baltic Film and Media School as well as 4 research institutes (Institute of Estonian Demography, Institute of Ecology, Institute of Educational Research, Institute of International and Social Studies) and two regional colleges (located in Haapsalu and Rakvere). At present, it has around 7000 students as well as more than 400 faculty members and research fellows, on the whole being the fastest growing university in the country. In 2006, about 8200 applications were submitted by student candidates, the competition being about 20 persons 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 both 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 7 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 in the university are announced for international application and the University is also prepared to host international visiting scholars on their sabbatical leaves or by other agreements.

The university currently maintains 25 inter-university agreements with universities in Europe, US, Japan, Russia and several other countries as well 200 Erasmus exchange agreements with universities from all over the European Union. The University also organises summer schools and 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. In order to achieve these the University will: - Increase the proportion of researchers to at least 30 percent of academic personnel by 2006; - 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 [1]

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, - Spinn-off enterprises. Knowledge services: - 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. The university has thus made its logical contribution to the introduction of the national R&D strategy 2002-2006 “Knowledge-based Estonia”. Knowledge Transfer Centre [2] Knowledge Transfer Area [3]

Structure

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Academic Institutes

  • Estonian Institute of Humanities
    • Director PhD Hannes Palang
  • Institute of Ecology
    • Director PhD Mihkel Kangur
  • Institute of Educational Sciences
    • Director Doc Rain Mikser
  • Institute of Estonian Demography
  • Institute of Estonian Language and Culture
    • Director Prof Mart Rannut
  • Institute of Fine Arts
    • Director Renee Nõmmik
  • Institute of Germanic-Romance Languages and Cultures
    • Director Prof Suliko Liiv
  • Institute of Health Sciences and Sports
    • Director Doc Kristjan Port
  • Institute of History
    • Director PhD Magnus Ilmjärv
  • Institute of Informatics
    • Director Prof Peeter Normak
  • Institute of Information Studies
    • Director Prof Tiiu Reimo
  • Institute of International and Social Studies
    • Director Prof Airi-Alina Allaste
  • Institute of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
    • Director Prof Tiit Land
  • Institute of Political Science and Governance
    • Director Doc Leif Kalev
  • Institute of Psychology
    • Director Prof Aleksander Pulver
  • Institute of Slavonic Languages and Cultures
    • Director Doc Aurika Meimre
  • Institute of Social Work
    • Director Prof Lauri Leppik

Colleges

  • Baltic Film and Media School
    • Director Prof Hagi Šein
  • Catherine's College
    • Director Dimitri Mironov
  • Haapsalu College
    • Director Eve Eisenchmidt
  • Rakvere College
    • Director Kalle Karron

International Master programs

International Bachelor programs

External links

Coordinates: 59°26′19″N 24°46′17″E / 59.43861°N 24.77139°E / 59.43861; 24.77139


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