Estonian Business School that celebrated its 25th anniversary on the 7th December has during 25 years provided business education to over 4000 people from Estonia and elsewhere. EBS is among the Top 300 business schools in the world, according to Eduniversal ranking, EBS Alumni are most successful on Estonian labour market and EBS is at the moment only private university acting in Estonia as well as in Finland. Estonian Business School celebrated its anniversary on 7th December in Estonian Concert Hall with grandiose concert and reception where over 400 guests took part.
EBS 25th anniversary celebration began with the greetings from EBS Founder Professor Madis Habakuk, EBS Rector Professor Arno Almann and EBS Honorary Doctorates. The greetings were followed by musical and pictorial overview of EBS past, present and future. Especially for this event Estonian composer Siim Aimla produced a music piece that was first performed on the concert by different musicians. In between the musical performances animated clips of EBS history were shown. The concert was followed by reception, dinner and mingling. The celebration was designed as a symbolic review of EBS’s brightest moments and honoured everyone that has ever supported EBS in its 25 years.
Watch animated video about the journey of EBS!
EBS gave out three titles of Honorary Doctorates
During the EBS 25th anniversary celebration EBS gave out three Honorary Doctorate titles. The titles were handed to Siim Kallas the Vice President of European Commission, Professor Eero Vaara from Hanken University, Finland and Professor Sergey Myasoedov, Dean of one of the leading business school in Russia.
Professor Sergey Myasoedov is the Vice-Rector of the Russian Presidential Academy, Dean of the Institute of Business Studies (IBS-Moscow) and President of RABE (Russian Association on Business Education). Professor Myasoedov received the title for his contribution to developing business environment in Russia and for cooperation between Estonia and Russia in business education. Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission, was honoured as EBS Honorary Doctorate for his contribution to designing business environment in Estonia as well as Europe. Professor Eero Vaara works as a Professor of Management and Organization at Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland. He received the title for his contributions to research on organizational, strategic and institutional change and methodological issues in organization and management studies.
EBS has a tradition of honouring individuals who have achieved outstanding and internationally acclaimed results in research, teaching, culture, economics and politics. Honorary Doctorate degrees are awarded at a formal ceremony, with the presentations made by the dean or EBS Group President.
Estonian Business School
Established in 1988, EBS is the oldest privately owned business university located in Tallinn, Estonia and Helsinki, Finland. With more than 1500 students, EBS’s goal is to provide enterprising people with academic knowledge, skills and values for its successful implementation.
In its 25 years EBS has grown into one of the biggest private universities in the Baltic countries, teaching entrepreneurship and business administration at Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral levels. EBS has over 70 partner universities in Europe, America, Australia and Asia, enabling a wide exchange of both students and lecturers. In 2011 EBS opened a branch in Helsinki.
• EBS in numbers: 1500 students, over 4000 alumni, 100 faculty, 70 partner universities across the world
• Estonian Business School Group AS education concern involves in addition to the university EBS High School, founded in 1997 and EBS Executive Training Centre, founded in 1993.
• According to a study by Statistics Estonia, EBS graduates earn higher monthly income than the graduates of other Estonian universities.
• EBS is ranked among Top 300 business schools in the world by Eduniversal
• Over 30% of EBS’s student body are international students
• EBS was the first foreign university to open a branch in Finland, where currently study about 150 students
• EBS is currently only private university in Estonia
• EBS Founder Professor Madis Habakuk received the Lifetime Award on Estonian Entrepreneurship Awards 2013
November 22, 2013
For the first time, as a new project, Study in Estonia brought together foreign students studying in Estonian universities and employers for the INTERNATIONAL STUDENT JOB DAY. The full day event took place on Tuesday, 19th of November at Tallinn University of Technology and offered different info-sessions and discussions for the participating companies, employers, university staff and international students. In addition, Job Market took place creating an excellent platform for students and employers to exchange information and to look into the working possibilities.
The INTERNATIONAL STUDENT JOB DAY was carried out in three parallel parts: the first focusing on foreign students to give them an overview of the working environment in Estonia, different laws and regulations related to working (presentation was given by Estonian Police and Border Guard Board) and to give the students some practical advice and tips about finding work in Estonia. Very popular were the presentations by Tiit Paananen, the former Head of Skype in Estonia and Ragnar Sass, Co-Founder of the successful start-up Pipedrive, who both gave inspiring lectures and brought out some amazing success stories encouraging the students to be entrepreneurial and active when planning their career in Estonia.
The second part of the INTERNATIONAL STUDENT JOB DAY concentrated on employers and gave an overview of different topics related to foreign workforce and hiring international staff members: laws and regulations, tax system, working with multicultural teams, advantages of international employees were just some of the themes discussed. In addition, best practices were shared by companies who already have foreigners working.
Thirdly, there were different companies presented at the Job Market to introduce their organizations and available positions. All students could make direct contact with the companies to explore the working possibilities and get answers to their questions. Discussions continued at the World Café where international students, employers, career counsellors and all interested participants could exchange their ideas and experiences. The World Café created an excellent platform for the inclusion of all parties and helped to raise the awareness of different expectations, problems and practices related to international students working in Estonia.
“It is natural, I think, in today’s world to have foreigners working in our companies”, commented Kiira Kure from HireRight, when asked about the need for such event, “We must look around, we are living in a globalizing world. Not only do we lack people in certain fields in Estonia and are in the need for more qualified workforce, but we also need different knowledge, people with different background and new viewpoints to be successful in the changing environment. And who could fulfill these needs better than international students – educated in Estonia and already familiar with our environment, people and culture?”. Kiira Kure from HireRight also participated at the Job Market, like number of other companies, and collected tens of contacts of international students interested in working with them.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT JOB DAY was organized for the first time by Study in Estonia (Archimedes Foundation), but the intention is to make such event a tradition and focus more on the international students work and internship themes.
November 18, 2013
Tallinn University of Technology opened its innovation and entrepreurship center Mektory last week. The center has already been operating for more than a year, with over 15 product development projects under its belt as well as its first contracts with major companies. Mektory's now-completed 4,450-square-meter building houses a number of labs ranging from mobile services to welding, as well as a demo center, an youth exhibition center, and workshops dedicated to China, Japan, Australia and the US.
"A very important goal of ours is growing the next generation and showing young people that there is nothing odd, remote or boring about engineering," said Tea Varrak, director of Mektory and Vice-Rector of Tallinn University of Technology. She said the center will help stimulate the economy, boost competitiveness and internationalize Estonia.
The opening was attended by President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Minister of Economic Affairs Juhan Parts.
MEKTORY’s 4,450 m² four-storey building is a network of different test laboratories, workshops, demo studios of companies, an exhibition and conference hall, theme studios of cultures of different countries and the Energy Discovery Centre. Children, students, lecturers and entrepreneurs – all are welcome to Mektory. An atmosphere has been created where people of all ages can feel at home and realize how interesting and down-to-earth the world of technology really is.
MEKTORY is a place where science and market demand meet in order to carry out innovative projects. These projects are profitable to entrepreneurs and offer experience for students and opportunities of research and development to the university. Students from different universities, specialities and countries establish project teams under the supervision of researchers to develop technological and design solutions, as well as business models!
November 2, 2013
Educational fairs, workshops, open lectures, concerts and much more – Study in Estonia together with the universities visits China in October and November 2013 and holds different events to introduce Estonian higher education and the study opportunities in English in Estonia.
The official visit of Study in Estonia starts with the China Education Expo in Beijing, where from 2-3 of November the representatives of Study in Estonia (Archimedes Foundation) and the universities introduce the study possibilities in Estonia to all interested visitors. The China Education Expo takes place in China National Convention Center in Beijing and four universities from Estonia will be present: the University of Tartu, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn University and Estonian Business School. More information about the education expo in Beijing is available HERE and everyone who is interested in studying and living in Estonia are welcome to stop by the “Study in Estonia” booth (F-01) at the expo! The same event will be also held in Shanghai from 9-10th of November at the Shanghai East Asia Exhibition Hall where Estonia will again be represented, this time in the booth B-118. These two education fairs are excellent possibilities to all pupils, students, parents, teachers and everyone else to meet the representatives of Estonian universities in Beijing and Shanghai, to hear more about programmes taught in English, learn about the entry requirements, scholarship possibilities and get answers to all the questions related to studying and living in Estonia. There will be also Chinese alumni present, who are happy to share their experiences and opinions about studying in Estonia.
Besides participating at the education expo, Estonian universities will also visit their partner universities in China to strengthen the cooperation and to encourage student and staff mobility and exchange. There are number of workshops and open lectures given by the professors of Estonian universities to the Chinese students in various fields: information technology, software engineering, design, finances and manufacturing being only a few of those. In addition, the former Head of Skype in Estonia, Mr. Tiit Paananen (MJur - board member, IT and Telecommunications Association, Estonia) has joined the delegation to give open lectures in several Chinese universities and institutions on building blocks of good career in European IT business.
It is also significant that on 28th of October a Nordic-Baltic Cultural Center was opened in University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST), a partner university of the two biggest universities in Estonia: the University of Tartu and Tallinn University of Technology. The cultural center is based around the culture exchange program between USST and its Nordic-Baltic counterparts. The center is located in one of the original USST buildings, a historic three-story house in the heart of the campus and is designed by an Estonian architect and combined with Finnish and Swedish elements. The Nordic-Baltic Cultural Center was opened by the Vice-President of USST Mr. Chen Bin and the Director of the Center Mr. Rolf Appelkvist, speeches were given by the Head of the European Union and International Cooperation Department of the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research Mr. Kalmar Kurs and the Vice-Rector of the University of Tartu Prof. Erik Puura. The center has a permanent Nordic-Baltic exhibition including materials about education and culture of Estonia. During the Study in Estonia visit to China different activities are carried out at this cultural center, for example several workshops and open lectures will be given by the professors of Estonian universities, Estonian Academy of Arts animation film programme will be shown and there will be concerts by Heiki Mätlik (D. Mus), a guitar professor of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. On 8th of November Estonian Consulate General in Shanghai together with Study in Estonia organizes a reception and opening of the Estonian photo exhibition “Fascinating Estonia” in the same cultural center of USST.
Study in Estonia has been active in introducing Estonian higher education in China since its beginning in 2008, participating also at the Shanghai World EXPO in 2010.
As soon as an international student starts the studies in the University of Tartu (UT) and steps into the academic life of the university, he or she is offered a chance to become a student-representative of his or her country. For a year already, since autumn 2012, most active and enthusiastic foreign students of the University of Tartu have been participating in numerous extra-curricular social and academic activities.
What are these students, called as International Student Ambassadors, particularly doing? They share stories of transitioning, studying, living and achieving as UT international students. Additionally, Student Ambassadors tell to their compatriots about their personal experiences, student lives, peculiarities of Estonian culture, and academic effectiveness of the University as well as voluntarily help them pursue their own studies at UT.
Student Ambassadors come from: Armenia, China, Finland, France, Georgia, India, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore and Turkey. The scope of actions of the multinational and multicultural team has been dynamically expanding time by time involving such activities as: TV interview to ETV: Kapital, articles to Delfi, Savas, and UT’s newspaper, participation in educational fairs and presentations in Finland, attending school fairs in Latvia, organizing alumni meetings in Georgia, giving AIESEC presentations in Tartu, visiting Simnas Gymnasium in Lithuania, strengthening cooperation with Selcuk University and Gebze Institute of Technology in Turkey, attending educational fairs in Russia, etc. Student Ambassadors have taken part into sport and photo competitions during Tartu student days numerous times as one big team, guided guests from Latvia, Finland and Russia, and contributed in the social media.
In the beginning of 2013/2014 academic year, international team of students launched a colorful and entertaining blog of the International Student Ambassadors as well as a facebook page, where one can find stories, pictures, events and activities of current Student Ambassadors and their unique life-long experiences in Tartu. Recently, University of Tartu monthly magazine has been covered by photos and stories of the International Student Ambassadors.
How to recognize International Student Ambassadors at student events? They wear special blue t-shirts with beautiful Estonian ornaments on the front and the University of Tartu logo on behind. The spirit of a city of good thoughts has encouraged International Student Ambassadors to sincerely and openly demonstrate to entire world their personal accomplishments and successful beginnings of career paths at the University of Tartu.