Although there are many summer schools out there, European Innovation Academy, that is run under Tallinn University of Technology, stands out from all traditional summer courses by bringing together mentors, entrepreneurs, lecturers and students from all over the world and by giving the possibility to actually create your own company.
For the third time European Innovation Academy will bring together 200 creative and ambitious students, experienced mentors, successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and lecturers from tech hot spots for three weeks to Tallinn. From 8th to 26th July Tallinn University of Technology is going to be European centre of innovation – 30 international teams have 3 weeks and world class support to create their own company and show how good they can get in that short period of time.
Each week concentrates on different stages of founding a company – from the basics of entrepreneurship on the first week to business model design on the second and prototyping and pitching on the third. Starting from the second week team members are also divided by skills – IT people can concentrate on product development and marketing/sales people can work on their pitching skills. The best team will win €10 000.
There are participants coming to Tallinn from all over the world, including groups from some of the best universities in China and USA. One of the biggest group of attendances is coming from Berkeley, California. European Innovation Academy gives an unique chance to network – to make friends worldwide, get personal advice and contact from entrepreneurs, business angels and mentors. One can literally feel what it’s like to be an entrepreneur and also visit local tech hubs and companies such as the world famous Skype. European Innovation Academy can be seen as a summer school where one comes with an idea and can leave as a CEO.
The registration for the European Innovation Academy is still open and early bird price is available till 20th of May. The registration is available HERE
Wednesday, 8 May
Estonia’s first satellite, ESTCube-1, was rocketed off to orbit the Earth early morning on Tuesday 7th of May, thus making Estonia the 41st nation to have a man-made object in space, beating out Finland and the other Baltic countries, all of which are due to launch their first satellites in the coming years.
The nanosatellite reached orbit at around 07:06 Estonian time. Launched from the Guiana Space Center, ESTCube-1 was carried by the launch vehicle Vega and was accompanied by two other satellites, Europe’s Proba V and Vietnam’s VNREDSat 1A. According to ESTCube-1 team, everything went according to plan. One of the project’s leaders, senior researcher Mart Noorma at Tartu Observatory, watched the launch live at Arianspace.tv. “I am very proud to be seeing all these students here who are watching their handiwork of five years,” Noorma said. Speaker of Estonian Parliament, Ene Ergma, herself an astrophysicist by training, was in French Guiana to observe the launch and said that Estonia is now a “tiny space country.” “It’s a really big deal in my opinion,” she said.
University of Tartu students had been developing the nanosatellite since 2008 and preparations for the project were made even earlier. ESTCube-1 is now due to carry out innovative solar wind experiments. Around 100 students and scientists have contributed to creation of the tiny one-kilogram satellite, which was nearly six years in the making. The satellite, called ESTCube-1, was used as the basis for 40 research projects and three doctoral theses.
Mart Noorma, Vice-Dean for Studies at the University of Tartu’s Faculty of Science and Technology is the satellite project initiator and leader. “The students have worked really hard to fit the whole important mission into the little cube. The project’s biggest value to the Estonian state and nation is this new generation of young engineers and scientists who received from here a very practical experience in developing high technology with their own hands, which is applicable not only in space but in the electronics industry as a whole,” Noorma said.
ESTCube-1′s main function in space will be to conduct experiments with an electric solar wind sail, which scientists believe may allow space travelers to one day move faster and across greater distances. The ESTCube-1 will travel 680 kilometers from Earth, where it will test solar sail technology developed by Finnish researcher Pekka Janhunen. The satellite will be transmitting data to Tartu Observatory in Tõravere.
The launch vehicle Vega (Vettore Europeo di Generazione Avanzata, Advanced Generation European Carrier Rocket) is an expendable launch system in use by Arianespace, jointly developed by the Italian Space Agency and the European Space Agency. Development began in 1998 and the first launch took place from the Guiana Space Centre on 13 February 2012.
Friday, 3 May
The University of Tartu has finished accepting applications for English-language curricula. The interest of prospective foreign students in studying at the University of Tartu has increased by approximately 25%, compared to the previous year. The biggest number of applications were submitted for the master’s programme in software engineering, a total of 288.
According to Senior Specialist for International Studies Ülle Tensing, a total of 813 applications were submitted for the ten English-language bachelor’s and master’s programmes and the integrated medicine curriculum. “With international admission, however, it must always be kept in mind that nearly 35% of the candidates are not eligible,” Tensing notes. “Nevertheless, we are glad that the number of motivated foreign candidates has increased.”
Out of the master’s programmes, the biggest number of applications were submitted for the EU-Russian studies and software engineering curriculum. As in the previous year, 57 students are expected to start in the joint software engineering programme in the autumn.
Head of the UT Institute of Computer Science Jaak Vilo is glad that international IT programmes, such as software engineering and cyber defence, that are developed by the UT in cooperation with the Tallinn University of Technology, have achieved stability and are attracting better-quality foreign students to Estonia through improving competitiveness. “The prestige of Estonia as an IT country and the success of our international companies, especially Skype, are remarkable. I am glad that the IT education at the University of Tartu is acquiring international fame for its curricula combining strong theory and practice,” Vilo says.
For the academic year 2013/2014, prospective students were for the first time able to submit applications also for the English-language medicine programme, with most of the candidates coming from Finland.
Applications were submitted from approximately 92 countries. The lists of the admitted students will be published by 3 June 2013.
All Estonian higher education institutions have their own application deadlines for the prospective foreign students and these deadlines differ. Admissions for the programmes taught in English at other Estonian universities are still on. The applicant should contact the particular university directly in regards to the application deadlines and requirements.
Tuesday, 30 April
On May 10, Tallinn University (TU) introduces its study opportunities in Helsinki, Finland. There are currently 5 Bachelor and 12 Master programmes taught in English in Tallinn University and it hosts around 550 international students.
At the Info Day on 10th of May several TU’s institutes such as TU Law School, Institute of Communication, Baltic Film and Media School and some others will give insights into their curriculas. Short workshops and lectures will be held and a mini fair takes place on spot. Also, Finnish students currently studying at Tallinn University will share their experience and give their feedback.
Welcome and introduction to Tallinn University by TU representatives.
Brief inside on university, bachelor’s and master’s programmes, admission procedures and KELA scholarships opportunity.
What Kind of Knowledge Does the 21st Century Economy Need? Lecture by Liberal Arts(BA) programme representative.
Introduction to Law ( BA, MA) programmes in Tallinn and in Helsinki. Overview by TU Law School representatives and students.
Introduction to TU Baltic Film and Media School with special insight on Crossmedia (BA, MA) programme
Introduction to Tallinn University.
Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction (MA) programme by representative of Institute of Informatics.
Mikä minusta tulee isona, jos opiskelen viestinnän johtamista? Lecture connected to Communication Management (MA) programme by representative of Institute of Communication.
Läntisen aikakauden loppu? Lecture by Jyrki Käkönen, professor and head of curriculum of International Relations (MA); and Mika Aaltola, professor of International Relations and European Studies (MA).
In addition to the lectures a mini fair will be held
You will have the opportunity to talk to the lecturers, ask more about the university and admission procedures and listen to what Finnish students have to say about studying at Tallinn University.
Join the event on May 10 at Korkeavuorenkatu 30A, Helsinki from 11:00 to 16:00.
Sunday, April 28
The biannual Tartu Student Days, that take place each Autumn and Spring, will kick off tomorrow and offer about 140 different events from 29th of April until 5th of May.
Tartu Student Days is a tradition that can be traced back to the early 1960s. The Student Days are the highlights of each semester and bring dozens of entertaining and educating events, competitions and festivals, for instance the popular “wet’n’wild” boat rally on the river Emajõgi and the self-made flying contraption competition “Karsumm”, the Night Song Festival and the “fools market”, where students sell different and often rather useless things on Town Hall Square. The main theme of the festival this year is the symbol of the Tartu Student Spirit - river Emajõgi, everyone is invited to notice and appreciate the beauty of it, as well as to see how to safely have fun by, on and above this river!
The main organizer of the week-long festival is the University of Tartu Culture Club together with number of different partners.