Tallinn University of Technology
|Motto||Mente et manu|
Motto in English
|With wisdom and hands|
|Colours||Red and Gray|
|Mascot||Juulius, "the eternal student of TUT"|
|Affiliations||Campus Europae, CESAER|
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. TUT has colleges in Tallinn, Tartu, Kuressaare and Kohtla-Järve. Despite the similar names, Tallinn University and Tallinn University of Technology are separate institutions.
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.
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 students from over 60 countries), many international professors, great cooperation with the world's top universities (e.g., Berkeley, Stanford, Aalto, Shanghai Jiao Tong) and with international companies (e.g., Microsoft, Samsung, Skype, etc.).
There are 19 fully accredited international degree programmes (Bachelor and Master level) that are available fully in English.
Tallinn University of Technology has an office in Silicon Valley, California which offers internship and training possibilities. 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.
- Chemical and Materials Technology: Dean Prof. Andres Öpik
- Civil Engineering: Dean Prof. Roode Liias
- Economics and Business Administration: Dean Prof. Üllas Ehrlich
- Social Sciences: Dean Prof. Sulev Mäeltsemees
- Mechanical Engineering: Dean Prof. Tauno Otto
- Information Technology: Dean Prof. Gert Jervan
- Power Engineering: Dean Prof. Arvi Hamburg
- Science: Dean Prof. Tõnis Kanger
- Certification Centre: Director Toomas Laur
- Institute of Cybernetics: Director Prof. Andrus Salupere
- Institute of Geology: Director Prof. Alvar Soesoo
- Institute of Sustainable Technology: Director Prof. Lembit Nei
- Institute of Marine Systems: Director Prof. Jüri Elken
- Technomedicum: Director Prof. Kalju Meigas
International degree programs in English
The internationalization of higher education is one of the key strategic goals of Tallinn University of Technology. The university offers 21 degree programmes in English: 18 Master programmes and three Bachelor programmes.
Bachelor level programmes:
- International Business Administration (Tallinn School of Economics and Business Administration)
- International Relations (Tallinn School of Economics and Business Administration)
- EU, International and Comparative Law (Tallinn Law School in the Faculty of Social Sciences)
Master level programmes:
- International Business Administration (Tallinn School of Economics and Business Administration)
- International Relations and European Studies (Tallinn School of Ecnomics and Business Administration)
- Finance and Economic Analysis (Tallinn School of Economics and Business Administration)
- EU, International and Comparative Law (Tallinn Law School in Faculty of Social Sciences)
- Law and Technology (Tallinn Law School in Faculty of Social Sciences)
- Technology Governance (Faculty of Social Science)
- Work and Organizational Psychology (Faculty of Social Sciences)
- Cyber Security (Faculty of Information Technology)
- Software Engineering (Faculty of Information Technology)
- Communicative Electronics (Faculty of Information Technology)
- Computer and System Engineering (Faculty of Information Technology)
- Industrial Engineering and Management (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering)
- Design and Engineering (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering)
- Mechatronics (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, optional courses)
- Environmental Management and Cleaner Production (Faculty of Civil Engineering)
- Materials and Processes of Sustainable Energetics (Faculty of Chemical and Materials Technology)
- Health Care Technology (Faculty of Science)
- Technology of Wood and Plastics (Faculty of Chemical and Materials Technology)
In addition, TUT offers several "short courses": English Language and Nordic Culture School; English Language Preparatory Year (Prep-year); and the European Innovation Academy.
Besides the entire technological elite of Estonia, alumni include numerous industrialists and businessmen, including the former Chairman of Hansapank, the biggest bank of the region, Indrek Neivelt; 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.
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. TUT has bilateral agreements with 41 universities and institutes in 20 countries (as of November 2010). A selection of university-wide partnerships:
- University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria
- Mount Saint Vincent University
- University of Science and Technology Beijing
- University of Shanghai for Science and Technology
- China University of Petroleum
- Qingdao University of Science and Technology
- Universidad Organización y Método
- Aalto University School of Science and Technology
- Caucasus University
- Brandenburg University of Technology
- University of Electro-Communications
- Tokyo Denki University
- Sun Moon University of Korea
- Korea Polytechnic University
- Kyungpook National University
- Hallym University
- Šiauliai University
- University of Oslo
- Saint-Petersburg State University of Engineering and Economics
- Saint Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics
- Bauman Moscow State Technical University
- National University of Singapore
- FUNDESEM Business School
- Universidad Politecnica de Valencia
- Royal Institute of Technology
- Southern Taiwan University of Technology
- National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
- Istanbul Technical University
- National Technical University of Ukraine
- University of California, Berkeley
- Stanford University
- University of New Mexico
- Southern Utah University
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