Tallinna Tehnikaulikool, TUT (Estonia)

Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ) established in 1918 is one of the largest and the most international university in Estonia, a leader in providing interdisciplinary engineering and economic higher education in Estonia. It is also the main research centre of technical, social and economic sciences in Estonia. Engineers are prepared practically in all engineering fields and industrial economics.
Innovation and technology policy is an important constituent part of contemporary education in the above areas. TTÜ has about 700 bilateral cooperation agreements with foreign universities. With about 11 000 students (of which 15% are international students) and about 2000 employees (academic staff 55%).
TTÜ offers diploma, bachelor, master and doctoral programs.
The academic part of the university is organized into 4 schools and Estonian Maritime Academy, 20 departments and different centres of strategic competence on EU, national and institutional level.
Vocational training tasks carried out at the university are an essential part of the overall development at every department.
E-learning and multimedia course development combined in 34 international programs have increased foreign student and staff exchange by multicultural approach and reaches globally.
Each faculty, department or centre within TTÜ maintains a number of international research contacts and is involved in international scientific/educational projects in their respective subject areas.
Research supports the development of the areas of responsibility of TTÜ studies. R&D key priority areas: civil engineering; power engineering; information and communication technology; chemistry and biotechnology; environment; mathematics and physics; materials science and technology; social sciences (incl. economics); health; production technologies, mechanical and instrumental engineering.
TTÜ has cooperation agreements with more than 500 universities from Europe, Asia and America. The main emphasis is on the development of study programmes, including joint and double degree programmes, exchange and development of students and employees (ERASMUS), joint research and development projects, etc.
The mission of TTÜ is to be a promoter of science, technology and innovation and a leading provider of engineering and economic education in Estonia. We value professionalism and reliability, entrepreneurship and innovation, openness and cooperativeness. Our vision is an innovative Estonia in a sustainable world.
TTÜ main goals:
• To become an internationally outstanding university of engineering and technology, which brings together motivated employees and ambitious students;
• To respond actively to the needs of the rapidly developing society and is involved in tackling the challenges of the digital era;
• To have very strong cooperation between the university, enterprises and the public sector for contribution to knowledge and welfare in the society.

Activities and experience of the partner organisation

TTÜ has participated in several national and international joint and double degree projects in cooperation with Estonian and foreign institutions (mainly run by the School of Engineering, and the School of Information Technologies). All of the study programmes (including joint programmes) at TTÜ are developed in cooperation with the representatives of the industry/employers. One of the strategic goals of TTÜ for 2020 is to increase the percentage of high-level international students, in particular in master’s and doctoral studies, while improving the capacity to provide education in English and fostering joint study programmes with strong academic partners all over the world.
The School of Engineering at TTÜ is in the early phase of developing a new master’s programme that is closely related to Industry 4.0 trend (automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies). The one-year master degree programme is aimed at the upgrading active mechanical engineers knowledge and skills referred to the latest developments in digitalization of the manufacturing. The development of the programme is planned in the tight cooperation with representatives of industrial sectors (metalworking machinery and equipment, machine tools, metalworking, and many others) involved to Estonian Mechanical Engineering Union, Federation of Estonian Engineering Industry, Estonian Plastics Association, etc. The School of Engineering is currently involved in the Joint Master Degree development in the field of Green Chemistry and Optimal use of Biomass in Future Bioeconomy related to the technologies of wood and plastics processing.

Key persons

The contact person from the TTÜ in this project is

Ms. Betra Leesment, Study Director, and the Head of the Office of Academic Affairs, who previously has the 10-year experience from the School of Engineering (leading the Dean’s Office). The role of the Office of Academic Affairs is to provide support and consultation to study processes (admission, study programme development, registry, educational technology, student mobility, marketing, preparatory courses). Another contact from the Office of Academic Affairs is

Ms. Hanna Haavapuu, Chief Academic Quality Officer who has been leading the Quality and Development Division for 2 years. Previous experiences are from the Ministry of Education and Research as the specialist of higher education policies for almost 6 years.
As the key responsibility of developing study programmes and ensuring the quality of studies lies at the schools and departments of TTÜ also the representatives of the TTÜ School of Engineering are included in the project. Mr. Fjodor Sergejev, Vice-Dean of Academic Affairs at TTÜ School of Engineering and an Associate Professor of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and the Programme Director of the doctoral study programme Mechanical Engineering. He is an active member of the Estonian Mechanical Engineering Union, Estonian Materials Engineering Society and etc. Currently involved in several projects applications submission related to the study programme developments in the fields of materials engineering, production engineering, and tribology.

Mr. Tauno Otto, a Professor of Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Programme Director of the bachelor’s study programme Integrated Engineering (for more information visit https://www.ttu.ee/studying/bachelors/bachelors_programmes/integrated-engineering/). Prof Tauno Otto has been involved in the development of the Double Degree Master study programme Mechatronics (https://www.ttu.ee/studying/masters/masters_programmes/mechatronics-2/ ). His is an active member of Quality Assessment Council for Higher and Vocational Education at EKKA (Estonian Higher Education Quality Agency), member of Engineering, Manufacturing, and Processing Professional Council, chairman of Professional Qualification Committee for Engineering Industry, an expert in OSKA programme (http://oska.kutsekoda.ee/en/ ) for ICT and etc. Currently involved in several projects applications submission related to study programme developments in the fields of manufacturing automatization, production engineering, and virtual reality.