Tallinn University
Tallinn University is the third largest institution of higher education in Estonia
Estonia , officially the Republic of Estonia , is a state in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by the Gulf of Finland, to the west by the Baltic Sea, to the south by Latvia , and to the east by Lake Peipsi and the Russian Federation . Across the Baltic Sea lies...

. It is located in Tallinn
Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. It occupies an area of with a population of 414,940. It is situated on the northern coast of the country, on the banks of the Gulf of Finland, south of Helsinki, east of Stockholm and west of Saint Petersburg. Tallinn's Old Town is in the list...

, the capital city of Estonia. Despite the similar name, Tallinn University and Tallinn University of Technology
Tallinn University of Technology
Tallinn University of Technology is the only university of technology in Estonia, and one of the three most important institutions of higher education in Estonia generally. It is located in the capital city of Tallinn, Estonia...

 are two separate institutions.

History and Ideology

The Tallinn University was established on 18 March 2005 as the result of a merger of several universities (among which the Tallinn Pedagogical University was the biggest) and research institutes in Tallinn as well as the Estonian Academic Library. Having merged with such well-established institutes as the International Institute of Social Sciences and the Estonian Institute of Humanities, its main strengths lie in the fields of humanities and social sciences, but it also has a strong and constantly growing component of natural and exact sciences, as well as a long tradition of teacher training and educational research.

The University consists of 19 academic institutes and 5 colleges. At present, it has around 10 000 students as well as close to 500 faculty members and research fellows, on the whole being the fastest growing university in the country. In 2010, over 10 000 applications were submitted by student candidates, the competition being over 30 persons per state-funded place in the most popular programmes.

The University has committed itself to the strategic goal of becoming an international research university with a strong social conscience and a friendly, flexible and collegial environment for learning and personal growth, where considerable academic freedoms guaranteed to both the students and the faculty are balanced by strict quality requirements. One of the main aims of the university is large-scale internationalisation - with its academic degree programmes and a number of shorter programmes and courses offered in the English language it is about to become the most international university in the Baltic area. Many academic positions in the university are announced for international application and the University is also prepared to host international visiting scholars on their sabbatical leaves or by other agreements.

The university currently maintains over 30 inter-university agreements with universities in Europe, US, Japan, China, Russia and several other countries as well over 400 Erasmus exchange agreements with universities from all over the European Union. The University also organises summer and winter schools (Tallinn Summer School, Tallinn Winter School) and other short-term courses for foreigners.

R&D Activities and Knowledge Transfer

The main objectives of R&D activities are efficiency and a high international standard.
In order to achieve these the University will:
- Increase the proportion of researchers to at least 30 percent of academic personnel;
- Concentrate research while specifying the priority directions of study mainly through
intensifying cooperation between the faculties of the University, but also with other research and development establishments;
- Develop centres of competence;
- Introduce systems for motivating lecturers and researchers and for international publication
of results;
- Support application of research results and applied studies;
- Orient itself towards increasing the role of international joint projects (mainly research and development programmes of the European Union) and other foreign funding of research;
- Improve the conditions of research work (providing researchers and lecturers with the time, facilities, equipment, literature, study abroad, information technology, etc. necessary for
- Increase the role of faculties in coordinating research work within the faculties and respectively the responsibility of the faculties for the quality of the research; create favourable conditions for developing perspective fields of research;
- Take active part in initiating, developing and carrying out national and regional projects;
- Develop cooperation with other research libraries of Estonia with the aim of meeting the research and training needs of academic personnel and students to a maximum extent;
- Mediate the results of research to the general public; develop a complex system of research and training marketing. R&D Department http://www.tlu.ee/?LangID=2&CatID=1347

Knowledge Transfer and implementation of research results for society needs development of services, working processes and products of organisations and institutions. Basic forms of knowledge transfer are:
- Research and development projects,
- Knowledge services,
- Sale of definitive work,
- Industrial property,
- Spinn-off enterprises.
Knowledge services:
- Providing a service outside the university
- Providing a service based on university R&D and educational activities;
- Services offered by university members or contract partners.
The university has thus made its logical contribution to the introduction of the national R&D strategy 2002-2006 “Knowledge-based Estonia”.
Knowledge Transfer Centre http://www.tlu.ee/?LangID=2&CatID=1345
Knowledge Transfer Area http://www.tlu.ee/~laar84/SpinnoA4.2-inglise-CMYK.pdf

Academic Institutes

  • Estonian Institute of Humanities
    • Director Prof Hannes Palang
  • Institute of Communication Studies
    • Director Prof Kaja Tampere
  • Institute of Ecology
    • Director Dr Mihkel Kangur
  • Institute of Educational Sciences
    • Director Dr Rain Mikser
  • Institute of Estonian Demography
  • Institute of Estonian Language and Culture
    • Director Dr Reili Argus
  • Institute of Fine Arts
    • Director Orest Kormašov
  • Institute of Germanic-Romance Languages and Cultures
    • Director Prof Suliko Liiv
  • Institute of Health Sciences and Sports
    • Director Dr Kristjan Port
  • Institute of History
    • Director Dr Erki Russow
  • Institute of Informatics
    • Director Prof Peeter Normak
  • Institute of Information Studies
    • Director Prof Tiiu Reimo
  • Institute of International and Social Studies
    • Director Prof Airi-Alina Allaste
  • Institute of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
    • Director Prof Ruth Shimmo
  • Institute of Political Science and Governance
    • Director Dr Leif Kalev
  • Institute of Psychology
    • Director Prof Aleksander Pulver
  • Institute of Slavonic Languages and Cultures
    • Director Prof Aurika Meimre
  • Institute of Social Work
    • Director Prof Lauri Leppik


  • Baltic Film and Media School
    Baltic Film and Media School
    Baltic Film and Media School is a publicly funded all-round film school created in 2005 as a college of Tallinn University, one of the biggest educational institutions in Estonia. The school is a member of CILECT association of film schools since November 2008...

    • Director Katrin saks
  • Catherine's College
    • Director Dimitri Mironov
  • Haapsalu College
    • Acting Director Janno Kriiska
  • Law School
    • President Prof Rein Müllerson
  • Rakvere College
    • Director Kalle Karron

International Master programs

International Bachelor programs

Short courses

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