Last year 1,153 Estonian students took part in the Europe-wide student exchange program, with 1,274 arriving in Estonia.
The total number of students receiving the scholarship in the EU was 270,000, a new record, a European Commission study found. A year earlier that figure was 250,000.
The number of Estonian students heading abroad for one or two semesters increased by 6 percent compared to the 2011/2012 school year.
Germany (151 students) was the most popular destination for Estonian students, with Spain (135), Finland (126) and France (77) also popular.
More German students (214) chose Estonia than any other nationality, with 137 French, 117 Italian and 101 Spanish students also picking Estonia.
Faculty of Law of the University of Tartu is going to open a new field of study of IT Law in English for MA students in order to ensure training of highly qualified law specialists in IT field. Formation of this field of study has also been recognized with the “Idea of the Year” title by Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications.
“We have built up the programme according to the principle that the majority of the educational activities would imitate actual situations. For this purpose, experts in the field are going to carry out the studies,” said Eenmaa-Dimitrieva. She pointed out cooperation with the Institute of Computer Science of University of Tartu, with Martin Öövel, former Head of Division of Information Systems and Work Processes of the Ministry of Justice of Estonia, and with Michael N. Schmitt, Director of the Centre for the Study of International Law at the United States Naval War College and Senior Fellow of the Estonian Contingency of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.
Those who complete the programme are IT Law specialists who have obtained all necessary technical and legal knowledge for doing quality job related to legislative drafting and analysis as well as expert work in the field of ICT, and for supporting the development and export of information technology solutions of the Estonian State Portal (e-State).
Taavi Kotka, Deputy Secretary General – ICT at Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia, who supports the development of IT Law field in Estonia, thinks that the new IT Law programme is essential for Estonia. “IT Law is a new field with great export potential and the fact that the University of Tartu is going to create a study programme for this is in every way worth recognition. Studies of law have been one of the most popular areas of specialization for years but the market does not offer professional employment for all of them anymore. At the same time, IT Law specialists are very difficult to find and they are offered much more competitive salary than average. Estonia is an IT state and our IT entrepreneurs need IT lawyers,” Kotka said.
Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications (ITL) recognized the idea of creation of IT Law programme with the “Idea of the Year” title. Tiit Paananen, member of the Management Board of ITL, emphasised that in addition to supporting the development of ICT sector, it is essential to increase the capability of other industrial sectors to use ICT. “ICT skills in other fields are an important source for creating extra value in economy,” said Paananen and added that it is the IT Law programme that will provide the students with new skills in order to establish new quality.
Institutional evaluation: Tallinn University and The Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences were given the EKKA quality mark
The international commissions of accreditation visited Tallinn University and the Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences Mainor. Based on the evaluation commissions' reports, the EKKA Quality Assessment Council decided on 9 June to accredit both, Tallinn University and the Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences Mainor for seven years. Both higher education schools were given the EKKA quality mark.
The commissions consisted of higher education school leaders, consultants and specialists from Great Britain, Spain, United States of America, Finland, the Netherlands, Macedonia, Lithuania and Estonia.
The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) offers 2 stipends for the potential students from the UKRAINE on a 2-year fully English-taught tuition free Master’s Programme in E-governance.
The stipend is 400 euros per month for the total of 17 months period during the studies to cover living expenses of the student in Tallinn. The monthly living costs for an International student are expected to be ca 400-600 euros (all inclusive). Studies will commence in September 2014.
The basic requirements to be admitted to the Master’s studies at TUT will be Access to Master level studies in your home country and proficiency of English (the latter details are below).
To apply to study in TUT the applicant has to fill the application in the DreamApply online application system (www.estonia.dreamapply.com), print it on paper, sign and send the signed application form to the International Admissions Office together with the following documents:
Further information about the requirements is available here http://www.ttu.ee/studying/tut_admission/#required_documents.
Requirements for English language proficiency to apply to Master’s studies at TUT:
- The score of the TOEFL iBT test should be at least 70. Tallinn University of Technology TOEFL code: 8665
- Requested IELTS score: 5,5 or above
- FCE (First Certificate in English): C
-CAE (CAE=Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): at least C
-CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): at least C
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A) total score: 46 or above
You do not have to present English test only if your previous studies have been fully in English and it is marked on your diploma or transcript or you send a certificate from the school which confirms that your studies have been fully in English language (for language of instruction an additional Skype interview will be conducted)
Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications recognized TUT’s study program "Integrated Engineering"
Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications recognized Tallinn University of Technology’s (TUT) new international engineering faculties-wide Bachelor’s study program "Integrated Engineering" in the category: the Idea of the Year.
Tiit Paananen, Board Member of the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications, said, “In addition to the development of the ICT sector, it is important to promote the capacity of other branches of industry to use ICT. ICT skills in other sectors are an important source for creating added value in economy“.
Tauno Otto, Dean of TUT Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, said, “The Integrated Engineering study program is the first English language Bachelor study programme in the field of engineering in Estonia; similar broad engineering study programs have been popular elsewhere in Europe (mainly in UK), the USA and Canada. Almost all the TUT faculties of science and engineering participated in compiling the study program and together they found a balance between different disciplines, which enables the graduates of the study program to continue their education in a broader range of Master’s study programs. There is a strong link between the subjects of the study programs and smart specializations – ICT and more efficient use of resources – in Estonia. I hope that the graduates will find an opportunity to acquire free high-level undergraduate education here in Estonia, get experience in international cooperation, and are well-prepared for continuing their studies at Master’s level at engineering faculties at any of the world’s top universities. The study program relies greatly on the Innovation and Business Centre Mektory, which accommodates the required 24/7 prototyping labs and group work facilities for contemporary problem-based learning – comprehensive course projects form a significant part of the syllabus.“
While most of engineering programs provide training in classical disciplines, the TUT’s study program Integrated Engineering unites various disciplines of engineering in order to meet the growing demand for engineers with diverse skills and knowledge both in industry as well as in small scale enterprises.
Studying in the Integrated Engineering study program is free in case of full study load and a tuition fee must be paid in case of partial study load.
Major subjects: Industrial Design Basics, Fundamentals of Logistics, Metrology and Measurement Engineering, Computer Aided Design, Polymeric Materials: Synthesis and Properties, Fundamentals of Sustainable Energy Engineering, Problem Solving, Mechatronics, Hydraulics and Pneumatics, NC Programming and CAM Systems, Basics of Production Engineering, Introduction to Robotics, Machine Automation, Thermal Engineering, Electrical Drives and Power Electronics, Materials Engineering.
Programme information: http://www.ttu.ee/studying/bachelors/bachelors_programmes/integrated-engineering/