The Tallinn University of Technology is the most international university and the biggest international community in Estonia with nearly 1 400 international degree students from nearly 80 countries and 10% foreign staff members.
The university has eight faculties:
- Faculty of Civil Engineering
- Faculty of Power Engineering
- Faculty of Information Technology
- Faculty of Chemical and Materials Technology
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
- Faculty of Science
- Tallinn School of Economics and Business Administration
In addition, TUT operates 4 research institutes: the Marine Systems Institute, the Institute of Geology, the Institute of Cybernetics, Technomedicum, and 5 colleges: Estonian Maritime Academy, Tallinn College, Tartu College, Virumaa College and Kuressaare College.
At the moment there are 23 degree programmes in English, and 10 doctoral programmes. In 2014, 57 doctoral dissertations were defended, mostly in chemical and materials technology and in science. As of 31.12.2014, 51 foreign lecturers and 77 researchers were employed in TUT.
Researchers at the Centre for Biorobotics develop new kind of sensors for sensing currents in the bottom of oceans and seas. The sensor design is inspired by the fish lateral line, a unique flow sensing organ of fish. Using the similar sensing principle, the sensors would help monitoring and modeling water circulation in oceans. This direction of research is funded by EU Horizon 2020 project LAkHsMI (sensors for Large Scale Hydrodynamic Imaging) led by professor Maarja Kruusmaa.
Researchers at Department of Computer Engineering develop next generation reliable cyber-physical systems for space, avionics and automotive. Their research is carried out in collaboration with IBM, German Aerospace Center DLR and other academic and industrial partners. This direction of research is funded by EU Horizon 2020 project IMMORTAL led by professor Jaan Raik.
Researchers at the Department of Electrical Engineering are focused on the development and experimental validation of novel power electronic converters for such demanding applications as renewable energy systems, rolling stock, automotive and telecom. In addition they are developing power flow control algorithms and new supervision, fault detection, protection and communication methods for Micro- and SmartGrids. Research is funded by public sector as well as industrial partners and guided by Dr. Dmitri Vinnikov.
nZEB research group in the Faculty of Civil Engineering represents a networking effort within four different disciplines: Energy performance of buildings, Building Service Systems, Building Physics and Construction Economics and Management. The research focuses on technical solutions most urgently needed for nearly zero energy buildings in Estonia. Some examples of topics are optimal facade and fenestration solutions regarding daylight, heating and cooling energy as well electric lighting, performance and control of low temperature heating systems etc. In addition to solutions for new buildings, the group has been active in development of feasible renovation solution and development of energy calculation methodology. The research group is led by professor Jarek Kurnitski.
International research university
Cooperation with TOP 10 universities of the world
TUT cooperates with the top 10 universities of the world (Stanford, Berkeley, MIT, Harvard, etc.) In addition to that, there is cooperation and agreements with the leading universities in Europe and Asia. TUT has cooperation agreements with 40 universities from Europe, Asia and America.
Comparison only with the best
The strategic partners, as well as international benchmarking universities are Berkeley (USA), KTH – Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and Aalto University (Finland).
Active partnership and cooperation
The main aim of TUT is to increase the international dimension in its studies, research and development activities in cooperation with the foreign universities. The main emphasis is on the development of curricula, including joint curricula, exchange and development of students and employees (ERASMUS), joint research and development projects, etc. TUT has currently 22 international programmes.
Diverse opportunities for studies and research abroad
There are several scholarship opportunities available for TUT students and employees for studying and gaining excperices abroad. For example, the scholarships in Germany (DAAD), Finland (CIMO), Denmark (CIRIUS), Switzerland, the scholarship of the National University of Singapore, Japan (JASSO), scholarships of the city of Kiel and the Kiel University of Applied Sciences, the Aflred Ots scholarship foundation at the Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden), etc.
TUT is active in international cooperation networks, including CESAER, BALTECH, UNICA, Baltic University Programme, EURAXESS, etc., and in organisations such as SEFI, EUA, EAIE, NAFSA, etc.