Tallinn University

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Tallinn University
Tallinna Ülikool
Motto Thinking unlimited!
Established 2005
Type Public
President Tiit Land
Academic staff
Students 10 016
Undergraduates 5901 (2014)
Postgraduates 2789 (2014)
370 (2014)
Location Tallinn, Harju County, Estonia
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Mascot Eksmati
Affiliations EUA, UNICA
Website www.tlu.ee

Tallinn University (TU; Estonian: Tallinna Ülikool, TLÜ) is the third-largest institution of higher education in Estonia. It is in Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia. Despite the similar names, Tallinn University and Tallinn University of Technology are separate institutions.


Tallinn University was established on 18 March 2005 as the result of a merger of several universities and research institutes in Tallinn: Academic Library of Estonia (1946), Baltic Film and Media School (1992/97), Estonian Institute of Humanities (1988), Institute of History (1946) and Tallinn Pedagogical University (1919/52/92). Courses of study offered are predominantly in the humanities, but offerings in the exact and natural sciences are increasing.

Tallinn University today

It is acknowledged both locally and internationally for its role as a centre for science and education. Tallinn University features in the QS Worldwide University ranking.[1]

The University of Tallinn describes its goal as '[supporting] the sustainable development of Estonia through research and its application to academic partnership, including the preparation of intellectuals as well as public dialogue in order to facilitate this partnership.'[2]

The university consists of 19 academic institutes and 6 colleges, which undertake research and teaching in Paedagogy, the Humanities, the Arts, Natural Sciences, Social Science, and Health Science.

10,000 students are presently enrolled at Tallinn University, with 700 coming from abroad. Almost a thousand people are employed by the University.[2]


Tallinn University's main campus buildings have Latin names.

Terra (Latin: earth) is the main and oldest building on Tallinn University's campus. It was built for the Tallinn English College in 1938. The building is under heritage protection (architects Alar Kotli and Erika Nõva).[3]

Nova (Latin: new) houses the Baltic Film and Media School. Features include individual and group work rooms, lecture halls, a film studio, a television studio, sound studios, a cinema, a computer class and editing rooms. The building was completed in 2012, and was designed by architects Karli Luik, Maarja Kask and Ralf Lõoke.[3]

Mare (Latin: sea) was designed to optimise the amount of light penetrating into the building. The building was completed in 2006; the architects were Mattias Agabus, Eero Endjärv, Raul Järg, Priit Pent and Illimar Truverk.[3]

Astra (Latin: star) is the newest building in the university. This building is features laboratories. The building was designed by Ignar Fjuk and completed in 2012.

Silva (Latin: forest) was completed in 1982 and is a typical example of Soviet architecture. Designed by the architect Ester Liiberg.

Ursa (Latin: bear) was built in 1964 and presently houses the Arts Department.


One of the main aims of the university is large-scale internationalisation.[citation needed] With its academic degree programmes and a number of shorter programmes and courses offered in the English language, it is about to become the most international university in the Baltic area.[citation needed] Tallinn University currently maintains over 50 inter-university agreements with universities in Europe, U.S., Japan, China, Russia, and several other countries as well over 600 Erasmus exchange agreements with universities from all over the European Union. The university also organises Summer and Winter Schools, which host about 300 participants from 50 countries every year.[4][5]


Academic institutes



  1. "QS World University Rankings® 2014/15". Top Universities. Retrieved 17 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  4. http://summerschool.tlu.ee Tallinn Summer School
  5. http://winterschool.tlu.ee Tallinn Winter School

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