Tuesday, September 25
Freedom House's recent survey says Estonia has the greatest internet freedom in the world - and already for the 3rd time in a row.
This 3rd edition of Freedom on the Net provides analytical reports and numerical ratings for 47 countries worldwide. The countries were chosen to provide a representative sample with regards to geographical diversity and economic development, as well as varying levels of political and media freedom. The ratings and reports included in this study particularly focus on developments that
took place between January 1, 2011 and May 1, 2012.
The level of internet freedom was examined by taking into consideration three important fields:
1) Obstacles to access - including infrastructural and economic barriers to access; governmental efforts to block specific applications or technologies; legal and ownership control over internet and mobile phone access providers.
2) Limits on Content—including filtering and blocking of websites; other forms of censorship and self-censorship; manipulation of content; the diversity of online news media; and usage of digital media for social and political activism.
3) Violations of User Rights—including legal protections and restrictions on online activity; surveillance and limits on privacy; and repercussions for online activity.
The survey put Estonia at the top of the list - noting the country's high developed online culture and the fact that content restrictions are among the lightest in the world.
|Estonia - Internet Republic|
The United States, Germany, Australia and Hungary followed Estonia at the "free" end of the scale, while Iran, Cuba, China and Syria bottomed out the list as "not free."
The web portal Techcrunch.com compared Estonia to the United States. Here comes their comparison:
"Estonians, in addition to having widespread public WiFi and more than 200 ISPs, enjoy access to some of the most advanced public services on the planet:
* Estonians can vote online (last election, 25 percent voted online — more than Sweden, Latvia and Switzerland, which also permit online voting).
* Estonians have access to their medical records online. The U.S. has a similar program for federal healthcare recipients with Blue Button and is attempting to broaden it to private insurers.
* School children and their parents can access their test scores, daily activity, and homework online.
* Reportedly, it can take as little as 18 minutes to set up a business online."
About the authors
Freedom House is an independent private organization supporting the expansion of freedom throughout the world.
Wednesday, September 19
Tallinn University of Technology issued on its 94th birthday a doctoral degree to 63 students, anointed 2 deans and bestowed its highest award, the Mente et Manu, on three individuals.
PhD degrees were given to 17 candidates in the Faculty of Science, 11 Information Technology specialists, 10 economics and business administration specialists, nine chemical and materials technology engineers, eight power engineers, five mechanical engineers, two civil engineers and a social scientist.
The deanships were given to Arvi Hamburg, who will take over the Faculty of Power Energy, and to the re-elected Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology, Ennu Rüstern, the university said a statement.
The Mente et Manu awards were given to professor emeritus Kaido Hääl, EMT COO Valdo Kalm and an entrepreneur Ms Tiina Mõis.
Out of 63 there were doctoral degrees for seven international students – two graduated in the faculty of information technology and two in economics and business administration. Furthermore, there were graduates in physics, civil engineering and power engineering.
The International graduates are from Germany, Russia, United Kingdom, Italy, Ukraine and the Netherlands.
|Seven PhD degrees go to international students.
Photos: Study in Estonia
Tallinn University of Technology (TUT), founded in 1918, is the oldest and the biggest public university in Tallinn and the second largest in enrollment in Estonia. TUT is a university with a long academic history - in 2013 Tallinn University of Technology will celebrate its 95th anniversary. TUT is a modern, international university sharing with students the knowledge and skills necessary for today’s international marketplace.
More information and older news:
Tuesday, September 18
The Tallinn Student Autumn Days started yesterday with a parade and a traditional night song festival at Freedom Square.
The four-day event has over 50 activities in store for both university-goers and the broader community, including nontraditional sporting events, such as a homemade shopping cart rally, as well as entertainment such as concerts, midnight film nights and parties.
The event's programme manager, Marge Lapp, hopes the festival will boost the students' morale, increasing the amount of independent studying done outside of lecture halls. Today is the Students' Innovation Evening, where guest lecturers inspire students with their work and ideas.
|Tallinn Student Days Song Festival in Freedom Square.
Tallinn Student Days have been organized since 1995. Students all over Estonia are expected to participate in all the events during these four days.
The students days in Tallinn end on Thursday evening.
Estonian Public News Broadcasting
Monday, September 3
On the last day of August Estonian Business School (EBS) new students were welcomed at the opening ceremony in the National Library of Estonia.
In his welcoming speech the Minister of Finance Mr Jürgen Ligi said, “Estonian society and economy need educated people. The well-being of Estonia depends on whether we are as clever as the wealthier societies, because only then are we able to gain more expensive work in the world economic chain and earn more. The connection of economic- and technological knowledge with business skills is the key issue. Let it be the first or the second speciality, EBS has a major role to play here.”
|Estonian Business School|
The founder of EBS, Mr Madis Habakuk, said that the role of EBS is to create prerequisites for the business success of its graduates and this will be guaranteed by internationally competitive education.
The Rector of EBS, Prof. Arno Almann stressed the need for constant development in the direction of globalisation, by continuing collaboration with leading universities abroad and creating prerequisites for the growing number of foreign students. EBS will also continue the development of EBS Helsinki that is working for the second year. This year`s admission of students accounted for 45% of foreign students.
The Chairman of Council of Trigon Capital Group Joakim Helenius was awarded the EBS Title of the Business Leader of the Year. Mr Helenius believes that the current economic policy in Estonia may become an example for other countries in the future. “This requires that well educated young Estonian people, including the students of EBS, will dedicate themselves to the future of Estonia. Do not let yourselves be attracted by greener grass on the other side of the fence. The students of EBS should put their foot down in Estonian fast growing companies and help to develop them . This would make Estonia the most exciting country in Europe to work in”.
The Estonian Business School (EBS) is the oldest private university in the Baltic States to offer business education. The school provides active and enterprising students with the academic basis for success. Business studies at EBS focus on the modern business environment in Europe considering the latest innovations and developments in the international business environment.
Estonian Business School
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Thursday, August 30
Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre is the only institution in Estonia offering education at BA, MA and PhD levels in music and theatre. Prominent graduates of the Academy include Arvo Pärt, Eri Klas, Tõnu Kaljuste and Erkki-Sven Tüür.
This Friday, August 31, the Academy invites everyone to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Cultural Management MA Programme.
Cultural Management MA programme - the 10th anniversary!
The ArtUpNight starts at 18:30.
In addition to the anniversary celebrations, the joint creative entrepreneurship module between Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and Estonian Academy of Arts will be launched and international career center for the creative fields - www.ArtUpCareer.net will be introduced.
ArtUpCareer.net is a free, English-language based and constantly developing information gate to the entrepreneurial path of the Estonian, Finnish and Swedish creative individuals. The portal is both for job-seeking creative professionals as well as organizations and entreprises acting in the creative industries sector.
The event takes place on Rävala puiestee 16 (Tallinn, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre), Chamber Hall (4th floor).
Find us in Facebook: ArtUpNight.
See you at the party!