Tallinn University of Technology

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Tallinn University of Technology
Tallinna Tehnikaülikool
Logo of Tallinn University of Technology.png
Motto Mente et manu
Motto in English
With wisdom and hands
Type Public
Established 1918 (1918)
Rector Prof. Jaak Aaviksoo
Academic staff
1 160; international 128
Students 12 000; international 1 400
Location Tallinn, 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
Affiliations BALTECH, UNICA, CESAER, SEFI, EUA, EAIE, NAFSA
Website www.ttu.ee

Established in 1918, Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ; Estonian: Tallinna Tehnikaülikool, abbreviated TTÜ) is the only technical university in Estonia. TTÜ, in the capital city of Tallinn, is the nation’s leading academic institution in engineering, business, and public administration.[1][2] TTÜ 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

History[edit]

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. 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 (TTÜ).

On 1 July 2008, TTÜ 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 TTÜ was signed.

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

TTÜ today[edit]

Tallinn University of Technology is a modern, international university teaching the newest knowledge and skills necessary for today’s international and competitive marketplace. With strong emphasis on internationalization, TTÜ has a strong multicultural student body (there are 1,400 international students from over 90 countries), many international professors (11% foreign staff members), great cooperation with the world's top universities (e.g. Stanford, Technische Universität München, Del University of Technology and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Europe) and with international companies (e.g., Microsoft, ABB, IBM,[4] etc.).

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. The cooperation and exchange programmes with world´s top universities provides TTÜ students chance to study a semester or a year abroad.

A degree from TTÜ can be the basis for further academic work; graduates of TTÜ have been admitted to Oxford University, Harvard University, Brown University, University of California Berkeley, the University of London, University of Mannheim, Chalmers University of Technology, KTH, Aalto University, St. Gallen University, University of Southern Denmark and other renowned academic institutions.[1]

TTÜ conducts world class fundamental and applied 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)

Rankings[edit]

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[5] and in the 601-650 bracket in QS World University rankings[6] (behind Tartu University and Vilnius University). In QS University Rankings for Eastern Europe and Central Asia 2016, TTÜ ranked 30th, placing it among the top ten technical universities in the region[7] and confirming its status as the best technical university in the Baltics.

Schools[edit]

  • 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

Institutes[edit]

  • 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,[8] 18 Master programmes[9] and 10 PhD programmes.[10]

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

Alumni[edit]

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; and the former Prime Minister and eminent industrialist Tiit Vähi. The Vice President and former President of the Estonian Academy of Science, Jüri Engelbrecht, is also a TTÜ 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:[11]

References[edit]

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

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