Tallinn University of Technology

Coordinates: 59°23′42″N 24°40′19″E / 59.3950°N 24.6719°E / 59.3950; 24.6719
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Tallinn University of Technology
Tallinna Tehnikaülikool
Other name
MottoMente et manu
Motto in English
With wisdom and hands
Established1918; 106 years ago (1918)
RectorTiit Land
Academic staff
985; international 168
Students11 000; international 1 500
59°23′42″N 24°40′19″E / 59.3950°N 24.6719°E / 59.3950; 24.6719
Colours  White
University rankings
Regional – Overall
QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia[2]38 (2022)

Established in 1918, Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech; Estonian: Tallinna Tehnikaülikool) is the only technical university in Estonia. TalTech, in the capital city of Tallinn, is a university for engineering, business, public administration and maritime affairs.[3] TalTech has colleges in Tartu and Kohtla-Järve. Despite the similar names, Tallinn University and Tallinn University of Technology are separate institutions.

Campus of Tallinn University of Technology


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 Tallinn University of Technology.[4] 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 Tallinn Technical Institute. The institute had two faculties: civil and mechanical engineering and chemistry and mining. In 1938, the name Tallinn Technical University (Tallinna Tehnikaülikool, TTÜ in Estonian) 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 Tallinn University of Technology (TUT).

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 a 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.[5]

On 17 September 2018, Tallinn University of Technology adopted a new short name TalTech, replacing the previous abbreviations such as TTÜ, TUT and TTU.[6]

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:


University rankings
Global – Overall
QS World[7]651–700
THE World[8]601-800

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,[9] the university's best-ranked departments are the life sciences and social sciences departments, which are in 176-200 and 201-250 brackets respectively. TalTech ranks in the 601-700 bracket in QS World University rankings[10] (behind Tartu University and Vilnius University). In QS University Rankings for Eastern Europe and Central Asia 2021, TalTech ranked 31st, placing it among the top ten technical universities in the region[11] and confirming its status as the best technical university in the Baltics. TalTech is also in the 301-500 bracket in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings.[12]



Tallinn University of Technology Library[edit]

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

The history of the library goes back to 1919.[13]

International degree programmes 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,[14] 18 Master programmes[15] and 9 PhD programmes.[16]

Bachelor's level programmes in English:

Master's level programmes in English:

PhD programmes in English:


Besides the entire technological elite of Estonia, alumni include numerous industrialists, businesspeople, and athletes.

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:[17]


  2. ^ "QS World University Rankings-Emerging Europe & Central Asia". Retrieved 15 January 2023.
  3. ^ "Tallinn University of Technology". [Archimedes Foundation], Study in Estonia. Archived from the original on 2012-05-24.
  4. ^ Tehnikaülikool, Tallinna. "History". www.ttu.ee. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  5. ^ "TTÜ and the IT College signed a merger agreement". Tallinn University of Technology. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Tallinn University of Technology to adopt short name TalTech". Tallinn University of Technology. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  7. ^ QS World University Rankings 2021
  8. ^ World University Rankings 2022
  9. ^ "Tallinn University of Technology Profile". Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  10. ^ "Tallinn University of Technology Rankings". QS Top Universities. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  11. ^ "Eastern Europe and Central Asia Rankings 2021". QS University Rankings. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  12. ^ "QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022". TopUniversities. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  13. ^ "Raamatukogu kohta | TalTech". taltech.ee (in Estonian). 26 September 2019. Retrieved 8 February 2023.
  14. ^ "Bachelor's studies". Tallinn University of Technology. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  15. ^ "Master's studies". Tallinn University of Technology. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  16. ^ "PhD Programmes". Tallinn University of Technology. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  17. ^ "TalTech partner universities". Tallinn University of Technology. Retrieved 25 February 2021.

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