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

On 1 July 2008, TUT 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 TUT was signed.

TUT 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, TUT has a strong multicultural student body (there are 1 400 international students from over 80 countries), many international professors (10% 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 )[3] and with international companies (e.g., Microsoft,[4] 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 TUT students chance to study a semester or a year abroad.

A degree from TUT can be the basis for further academic work; graduates of TUT 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]

TUT 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)

Faculties[edit]

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: 4 Bachelor programmes,[5] 17 Master programmes[6] and 10 PhD programmes.

Bachelor level programmes:

  • International Business Administration (Tallinn School of Economics and Business Administration)
  • International Relations (Tallinn School of Economics and Business Administration)
  • Law (Tallinn Law School in the Faculty of Social Sciences)
  • Integrated Engineering

Master level programmes:

  • European Architecture (Faculty of Civil Engineering)
  • International Business Administration (MBA)(Tallinn School of Economics and Business Administration )at Tallinn University of Technology)
  • International Relations and European-Asian Studies (Tallinn School of Economics and Business Administration )at Tallinn University of Technology)
  • Law (Tallinn Law School at Tallinn University of Technology)
  • Law and Technology (Tallinn Law School at Tallinn University of Technology)
  • Technology Governance (Faculty of Social Sciences)
  • Computer and Systems (Engineering Faculty of Information Technology)
  • Communicative Electronics (Faculty of Information Technology)
  • Industrial Engineering and Management (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering)
  • Environmental Management and Cleaner Production (Faculty of Civil Engineering)
  • Health Care Technology (The Institute of Clinical Medicine, Technomedicum)
  • Work and Organizational Psychology (Faculty of Social Sciences)
  • e-Governance Technologies and Services (Faculty of Information Technology)
  • Technology of Wood and Plastic (Faculty of Chemical and Materials Technology)
  • Mechatronics (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering)

Joint Master programmes coordinated by Tallinn University of Technology:

  • Cyber Security (Faculty of Information Technology, joint programme with University of Tartu)
  • Materials and Processes of Sustainable Energetics (Faculty of Chemical and Material Technology, joint programme with University of Tartu)
  • Design and Engineering (Faculty of Civil Engineering, joint programme with Estonian Academy of Arts)

Joint Master programmes coordinated by other institutions:

  • Software Engineering (joint programme with University of Tartu)

PhD programmes:

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering (Faculty of Civil Engineering)
  • Power Engineering and Geotechnology (Faculty of Power Engineering)
  • Chemical and Materials Technology (Faculty of Chemical and Materials Technology)
  • Mechanical Engineering (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering)
  • Information and Communication Technology (Faculty of Information Technology)
  • Chemistry and Gene Technology (Faculty of Science)
  • Earth Sciences (Faculty of Science)
  • Engineering Physics(Faculty of Science)
  • Economics (School of Economics and Business Administration)
  • Public Administration (Faculty of Social Sciences)

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 member of TUT.

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:[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Study in Estonia, Study in Estonia. "Tallinn University of Technology". Archimedes Foundation, Study in Estonia. 
  2. ^ Educations.com, Educations.com. "Tallinn University of Technology". 
  3. ^ Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn University of Technology. "International research university". Tallinn University of Technology. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn University of Technology. "Why TUT". Tallinn University of Technology. 
  5. ^ Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn University of Technology. "Bachelor's studies". Tallinn University of Technology. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn University of Technology. "Master's studies". Tallinn University of Technology. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn University of Technology. "TUT's partner universities". Tallinn University of Technology. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 

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