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Expressed by learned community in the early twentieth century, the need for engineering specialists trained nationally became urgent. Until then, young people from Estonia had received their specialist education in St. Petersburg, Germany or Riga. Opportunities had to be sought for engineering-minded people to acquire Estonian-based education adapted to local conditions and needs.

On 17 September 1918, the Estonian Engineering Society managed to open an Estonian-based engineering school named Special Engineering Courses. That date has been recognised as the founding date of Tallinn University of Technology. Programmes were offered in mechanical, electrical, civil and hydraulic engineering, shipbuilding and architecture.

In 1919, the school became the private Tallinn College of Engineering, which in 1920 was declared a state institution. Teachers’ efforts to develop Estonian terminology for science and technology proved fruitful and the first engineering books were published. In 1923, the first engineering graduation theses were defended in Estonia. In the same year, a State laboratory of Materials Testing was opened for research work.

By the 15 September was 1936 Act of the Head of of State, the school was granted the status of University, named Tallinn Technical Institute. The Institute had 2 faculties: civil and mechanical engineering, and chemistry and mining. In 1938, the name – Tallinn Technical University – was effective.

In 1940 the Faculty of Economics, in 1958 the Faculty of Power Engineering and in 1965 the Faculty of Control Engineering were founded.


TUT in 2008

The mission of Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) is to support Estonia’s sustainable development through scientific creation and science-based higher education in the field of engineering, technology, natural and social sciences.

Tallinn University of Technology is a national university of technology, internationally renowned, known as a reliable partner at different levels of collaboration networks. TUT is serving our nation as a hothouse of engineering and technology professionals and a driving force for developing knowledge-based economy. TUT fosters integration of technical and related natural and social sciences and humanities that create a basis of higher technological education and advance of Estonia’s economy. TUT is committed to collaboration in the networks of the countries of the Baltic Sea region, Europe and worldwide. TUT is seeking international institutional accreditation in next years.

In 2008 TUT includes over 13 000 students and 1970 employees (incl. TUT affiliated institutions), offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctor’s degree programmes as well as non-academic applied HE programmes in university regional colleges. In June 2007 the number of TUT graduates reached 50 000.

The academic part of the university is organised into 8 faculties (Civil Engineering, Power Engineering, Humanities, Information Technology, Chemical and Materials Technology, Economics and Business Administration, Science and Mechanical Engineering), 33 departments and 113 chairs, 9 faculty research centres and 10 TUT affiliated institutions.

Teaching is conducted in Estonian, however, during the first two years, Russian-based general studies are possible. To provide an opportunity to international students to become part of the University, TUT is increasing the number of International Degree Programmes taught in English. International programmes at Tallinn University of Technology focus on 3 domains: information technology, business administration, and engineering. TUT offers 6 full-time degree programmes in English.

TUT is a highly internationally-oriented university. Following the Bologna declaration, signed by a large number of European countries, TUT transferred to the 3+2 year programme (3 years of Bachelor and 2 years of Master studies). These 5 year engineering curricula promote development of quality and efficiency.


Research acitivities

TUT, the only university of technology in Estonia, is committed to high level basic and applied research significant on the global and national scale, implementable in teaching and promotion of innovation. The University aims at enhancing its contribution to Estonia’s science policy, based on key international trends and local industry needs and social, economic changes in the society.

Research and development activities are arranged through departments, research centres and R&D institutions: Institute of Geology, Institute of Cybernetics, Institute of Marine Systems, Estonian Institute of Energy Research.

The University has its strategic research areas: innovative industrial technologies of the information society, chemistry and materials sciences, bio- and gene-technology, energy saving and sustainable environmental technologies, and socio-economic research.

In order to promote economy a spin-off programme has been developed at TUT, which aims at commercialising research and development products and creating favourable conditions and motivation for promoting economy. The programme is carried out in co-operation with the TUT Innovation Centre.

TUT is an initiator in developing research-intensive enterprise environment. It is in the process of setting up the Technology Park and Technopolis in Mustamäe, Tallinn.

Open to international cooperation, TUT participates in several European Union programmes, is involved in international research and development agreements, and has acquired over a hundred individual research grants from different foundations and organizations. Each year TUT’s research teams have been awarded the National Science Prizes.


Prof. Dr Andrus Aavik,

Tallinn University of Technology









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