Tallinn University of Technology

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Tallinn University of Technology
Tallinna Tehnikaülikool
Logo of Tallinn University of Technology.png
MottoMente et manu
Motto in English
With wisdom and hands
Established1918 (1918)
RectorProf. Jaak Aaviksoo
Academic staff
1 160; international 128
Students12 000; international 1 400
LocationTallinn, Estonia
59°23′42″N 24°40′19″E / 59.3950°N 24.6719°E / 59.3950; 24.6719Coordinates: 59°23′42″N 24°40′19″E / 59.3950°N 24.6719°E / 59.3950; 24.6719

Established in 1918, Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech; Estonian: Tallinna Tehnikaülikool, abbreviated TTÜ) is the only technical university in Estonia. TalTech, in the capital city of Tallinn, is a university for engineering, business, and public administration.[1][2] TalTech has colleges in Tallinn, Tartu, Kuressaare and Kohtla-Järve. Despite the similar names, Tallinn University and Tallinn University of Technology are separate institutions.

The new library building of Tallinn University of Technology
Campus of Tallinn University of Technology
The entrance of the Library


In the early twentieth century, Estonia recognised an urgent need for locally trained engineering specialists. Until then, young people from Estonia had received their specialist education in St. Petersburg, Germany or Riga. Opportunities had to be sought for engineering-minded people to acquire an Estonian-based education which was adapted to local conditions and needs; Estonia was in the process of establishing itself as an independent country.

On 17 September 1918, the Estonian Engineering Society opened an Estonian-based engineering school named Special Engineering Courses. That date has been recognised as the founding date of the Tallinn University of Technology.[according to whom?] Programmes were offered in mechanical, electrical, civil and hydraulic engineering, shipbuilding and architecture. In 1919, the school became the private Tallinn College of Engineering, which in 1920 was declared a state institution. Teachers' efforts to develop an Estonian terminology for science and technology proved fruitful and the first engineering books were published. In 1923, the first engineering graduation theses were defended in Estonia. In the same year, a state laboratory of materials testing opened for research work.

By the 15 September 1936 Act of the Head of State, the school was granted university status, and named the Tallinn Technical Institute. The institute had two faculties: civil and mechanical engineering and chemistry and mining. In 1938, the name Tallinn Technical University (TTU) was effective. In 1940 the Faculty of Economics, in 1958 the Faculty of Power Engineering and in 1965 the Faculty of Control Engineering were founded. After 2003 the university was known in English as the Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech).

On 1 July 2008, TalTech took over International University Audentes (IUA), which became part of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, except the Law School which joined the Faculty of Social Sciences. In 2014 an agreement for merger of the Estonian Maritime Academy with TalTech was signed.

On 16 November 2016, TalTech and the Estonian Information Technology College signed a merger agreement. Since 1 August 2017, the IT College is a part of TalTech.[3]

TalTech today[edit]

There are over 30 fully accredited international degree programmes (4 Bachelor programmes, 18 Master programmes and 10 PhD programmes) that are available fully in English.

TalTech conducts research and develops high-tech applications in many fields:

  • Organic and analytic chemistry (Chemistry)
  • Food biotechnology and neurobiology (Biotechnology)
  • Geology (Earth Sciences)
  • Power converter research (Power Electronics)
  • Solar cell materials and tribomaterials (Material Sciences)
  • Computer system research and biorobotics (ICT)
  • Near-zero energy building (Civil Engineering)
  • Public administration (Social Sciences)


University rankings
Times World[5] 601-800
QS World[4] 601-640

Tallinn University of Technology is the third highest ranking university in the Baltic states, placing in the 601-800 bracket in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-17[6] and in the 601-650 bracket in QS World University rankings[7] (behind Tartu University and Vilnius University). In QS University Rankings for Eastern Europe and Central Asia 2016, TalTech ranked 30th, placing it among the top ten technical universities in the region[8] and confirming its status as the best technical university in the Baltics.


  • School of Engineering: Dean Arvo Oorn
  • School of Business and Governance: Dean Prof. Enn Listra
  • School of Science: Dean Prof. Tõnis Kanger
  • School of Information Technologies: Dean Prof. Gert Jervan
  • Estonian Maritime Academy: Director Roomet Leiger


  • Certification Centre: Director Tanel Tuisk
  • Institute of Cybernetics: Director Prof. Andrus Salupere
  • Institute of Geology: Director Prof. Alvar Soesoo
  • Institute of Marine Systems: Director Prof. Jüri Elken
  • Technomedicum: Director Prof. Kalju Meigas

International degree programs in English[edit]

The internationalization of higher education is one of the key strategic goals of Tallinn University of Technology. The university offers over 30 degree programmes in English: 5 Bachelor programmes,[9] 18 Master programmes[10] and 10 PhD programmes.[11]

Bachelor's level programmes:

  • Cyber Security Engineering (BSc)
  • International Business Administration (BA)
  • International Relations (BA)
  • Law (BA)
  • Integrated Engineering (BSc)

Master's level programmes:

  • Cyber Security (MSc)
  • Communicative Electronics (MSc)
  • Computer and Systems Engineering (MSc)
  • E-Governance Technologies and Services (MSc)
  • Health Care Technology (MSc)
  • Software Engineering (MSc)
  • International Business Administration (MBA)
  • International Relations and European-Asian Studies (MA)
  • Law (MA)
  • Technology Governance (MA)
  • Public Sector Innovation and e-Governance (MSc)
  • Industrial Engineering and Management (MSc)
  • Environmental Engineering and Management (MSc)
  • Design and Engineering (MSc) (joint programme with Estonian Academy of Arts)
  • Materials and Processes for Sustainable Energetics (MSc) (joint programme with University of Tartu)
  • The Technology of Wood and Plastic (MSc)
  • Mechatronics (MSc)
  • European Architecture (MSc & M.ARCH)

PhD programmes:

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Chemical and Materials Technology
  • Chemistry and Gene Technology
  • Earth Sciences
  • Economics and Business Administration
  • Engineering Physics
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Power Engineering and Geotechnology
  • Public Administration


Besides the entire technological elite of Estonia, alumni include numerous industrialists and businessmen, including Hardi Meybaum, the CEO and a co-founder of GrabCAD; the Chairman of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce, Toomas Luman, the former Prime Minister and eminent industrialist Tiit Vähi, as well as Chief information officer of Estonian Government and leader of e-residency programme Taavi Kotka. The Vice President and former President of the Estonian Academy of Science, Jüri Engelbrecht, is also a TalTech graduate.

Partner universities[edit]

The cooperation, especially with European universities is more focused for curricula development, project cooperation and networking. In Europe, student and staff mobility is mainly organised under Erasmus programme. A selection of university-wide partnerships:[12]


  1. ^ "Tallinn University of Technology". [Archimedes Foundation], Study in Estonia. Archived from the original on 2012-05-24.
  2. ^ Educations.com. "Tallinn University of Technology".
  3. ^ "TalTech and the IT College signed a merger agreement". Tallinn University of Technology. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ World University Rankings 2017-2018
  6. ^ "Tallinn University of Technology Profile". Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Tallinn University of Technology Rankings". QS Top Universities. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Eastern Europe and Central Asia Rankings 2016". QS University Rankings. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Bachelor's studies". Tallinn University of Technology. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Master's studies". Tallinn University of Technology. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  11. ^ "PhD Programmes". www.ttu.ee. Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  12. ^ "TalTech partner universities". Tallinn University of Technology. Retrieved 16 August 2017.

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