Tallinn University of Technology concentrates its activities into four faculties
A public debate was held at Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) on the new draft development plan, the key principles of which are consistent improvement of international visibility and academic quality and reducing the number of curricula and structural units.
Currently the teaching and research of TUT's 8 faculties, 12 institutes and over 60 departments and other units are connected with four fields, namely engineering, computer science, life sciences and social sciences. By a decision of the Board of Governors four faculties will be formed on the basis of these fields. The faculties will include strong departments uniting research teams, including current research institutions and colleges.
The objective of the change is to update the management system rather than reduce the number of employees. The university will take a new career model into use, which will gradually raise the professional standards of the academic staff and ensure a competitive salary. The university aims to reduce the number of curricula, provide greater freedom of choice for the students and increase the share of practical training.
According to the Rector of Tallinn University of Technology Jaak Aaviksoo, the aim of the development plan to be completed by February is to increase substantially international visibility of the university and its contribution to the Estonian society. "The Development Plan 2020 focuses on formation of a strong scientific community, serving better the interests of the students, higher quality requirements and a management reform," academician Aaviksoo said. "TUT intends to reach the level of the universities of technology in the Nordic countries at a heightened pace."
Today, on 1 December, the TUT draft development plan was discussed with the staff of the university in a briefing; the previous discussion took place on 13 October. The development plan has been under discussion also at separate meetings with the heads of the faculties and institutions. The draft will go to the first reading of the TUT Council on 15 December and is due to be approved at a session of the TUT Board of Governors held in February.
At present, approximately 12,000 students are studying and over 2000 employees, including 1,200 teaching and research staff, are employed at the University of Technology. The number of TUT alumni is approximately 70,000.