Tallinn University of Technology

Tallinn University of Technology (https://taltech.ee/en/)

Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) is the only flagship in engineering and IT science and education in Estonia, providing higher education at all levels in engineering and technology, information technology, economics, science, and maritime. TalTech’s mission is to be a promoter of science, technology, and innovation and a leading provider of engineering and economic education in Estonia.

The story of Tallinn University of Technology dates back to 17 September 1918, when the Estonian Technical Society, which united local technical intellectuals, started to organise special technical courses in Estonia. In 1919, the society continued its activities as a private school called Tallinna Tehnikum (Tallinn College of Engineering, TT). TT was reorganized in 1920 and the young institution soon achieved the status of a state higher education institution.

Over the next few decades, curricula have expanded significantly, the student and teacher base has become increasingly international, and operating conditions have improved. Today, the Tallinn University of Technology is one of the most recognised and largest universities in Estonia with more than 2,000 employees, including 1,200 teachers and research staff. There are more than 10,000 students studying in a total of 81 curricula. There are five schools at the University: Schools of Enginering; School of Information Technology; School of Science; School of Business and Governance and Estonian Maritime Academy.

TalTech has the highest number of foreign students (16%) and lecturers (17%) compared to Estonian universities. Compared to other Estonian universities, TalTech has taken the most vigorous steps to attract top researchers. The University also works on a daily basis with universities and research institutions around the world.

TalTech is based primarily on the needs of the Estonian society and economy, thereby continuously generating benefits and adding value to Estonia. TalTech supports companies in organisational and product development. The Innovation and Business Centre Mektory brings together researchers, students, and entrepreneurs. Young people get inspiration, knowledge, and resources to establish and develop student start-ups.