Tallinn University of Technology

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Tallinn University of Technology
Tallinna Tehnikaülikool
MottoMente et manu
Motto in English
With wisdom and hands
Established1918 (1918)
RectorProfessor Tiit 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; 24.6719Coordinates: 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) 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.[1] TalTech has colleges in Tartu 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 Tallinn University of Technology.[2] 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 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]

On 17 September 2018, Tallinn University of Technology adopted a new short name TalTech, replacing the previous abbreviations such as TTÜ, TUT and TTU.[4]

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
Global – Overall
QS World[5]651-700
THE World[6]801-1000

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[7] and in the 601-650 bracket in QS World University rankings[8] (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[9] and confirming its status as the best technical university in the Baltics.


  • School of Engineering: Dean Fjodor Sergejev
  • School of Business and Governance: Dean Prof. Enn Listra
  • School of Science: Dean Prof. Andrus Salupere
  • School of Information Technologies: Dean Prof. Gert Jervan
  • Estonian Maritime Academy: Director Roomet Leiger


  • Department of Computer Systems: Director Margus Kruus
  • Department of Software Science: Director Marko Kääramees
  • Department of Health Technologies: Director Prof. Kalju Meigas
  • Thomas Johann Seebeck Department of Electronics: Director Laur Lemendik
  • IT College: Director Kalle Tammemäe
  • Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture: Director Prof. Jarek Kurnitski
  • Department of Electrical Power Engineering and Mechatronics: Director Prof. Ivo Palu
  • Department of Energy Technology: Director Prof. Andres Siirde
  • Department of Materials and Environmental Technology: Director Prof. Malle Krunks
  • Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering: Director Prof. Kristo Karjust
  • Tartu College: Director Prof. Lembit Nei
  • Virumaa College: Director Mare Roosileht
  • Estonian Centre of Engineering Pedagogy: Head of Centre Tiia Rüütmann
  • Department of Geology: Director Prof. Olle Hints
  • Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology: Director Ivar Järving
  • Department of Cybernetics: Acting director Prof. Jaan Janno
  • Department of Marine Systems: Director Rivo Uiboupin
  • Department of Economics and Finance: Director Prof. Kadri Männasoo
  • Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance: Director Prof. Erkki Karo
  • Department of Law: Director Prof. Tanel Kerikmäe
  • Department of Business Administration: Director Mari Avarmaa

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,[10] 18 Master programmes[11] and 9 PhD programmes.[12]

Bachelor's level programmes in English:

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

Master's level programmes in English:

  • Cyber Security (MSc)
  • Communicative Electronics (MSc)
  • Computer and Systems Engineering (MSc)
  • E-Governance Technologies and Services (MSc)
  • Digital Health (MSc)
  • Software Engineering (MSc)
  • International Business Administration (MBA)
  • Entrepreneurial Management (MBA)
  • Law (MA)
  • Technology Governance and Digital Transformation(MA)
  • Public Sector Innovation and e-Governance (MSc)
  • Industrial Engineering and Management (MSc)
  • Environmental Engineering and Management (MSc)
  • Design and Technology Futures (MSc)
  • Materials and Processes for Sustainable Energetics (MSc)
  • Technology of Wood, Plastics and Textiles (MSc)
  • Mechatronics (MSc)
  • Applied Physics (MSc)

PhD programmes in English:

  • Building and Civil Engineering and Architecture
  • Chemical and Materials Technology
  • Chemistry and Biotechnology
  • Economics and Business Administration
  • Electrical Power Engineering and Mechatronics
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Physical Sciences
  • Public Administration
  • Mechanical Engineering


Besides the entire technological elite of Estonia, alumni include numerous industrialists and businessmen, including Hardi Meybaum, the CEO and a co-founder of GrabCAD; Toomas Luman, the Chairman of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce; Tiit Vähi, the former Prime Minister and eminent industrialist, as well as Taavi Kotka, former Chief information officer of Estonian Government and leader of e-residency programme, and Jüri Ratas, former Prime Minister of Estonia. 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:[13]


  1. ^ "Tallinn University of Technology". [Archimedes Foundation], Study in Estonia. Archived from the original on 2012-05-24.
  2. ^ Tehnikaülikool, Tallinna. "History". www.ttu.ee. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  3. ^ "TTÜ and the IT College signed a merger agreement". Tallinn University of Technology. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Tallinn University of Technology to adopt short name TalTech". Tallinn University of Technology. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  5. ^ QS World University Rankings 2021
  6. ^ World University Rankings 2021
  7. ^ "Tallinn University of Technology Profile". Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Tallinn University of Technology Rankings". QS Top Universities. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Eastern Europe and Central Asia Rankings 2021". QS University Rankings. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  10. ^ "Bachelor's studies". Tallinn University of Technology. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  11. ^ "Master's studies". Tallinn University of Technology. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  12. ^ "PhD Programmes". Tallinn University of Technology. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  13. ^ "TalTech partner universities". Tallinn University of Technology. Retrieved 25 February 2021.

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