89th Anniversary of UT as an Estonian-Language University

On Monday 1 December the University of Tartu celebrates its 89th anniversary as an Estonian-language university. All University members are welcome to attend the anniversary events.


Monday, 1 December

At 10 am
Unveiling of the monument to Peeter Põld (1878–1930), the University’s first Professor of Education, the first Minister for Education of the Republic of Estonia and the "founding father" of the Estonian-language university, in front of the building of the Ministry for Education and Research at 18 Munga St.

At 12 noon
Ceremonial Meeting to mark the 89th anniversary of Estonian-language university at the University Assembly Hall: anniversary lecture, conferment of honorary degrees and doctoral diplomas, and the presentation of the University’s “Contribution to Estonian National Identity” award.

The anniversary lecture will be delivered by Eiki Berg, Professor of International Relations Theory, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Honorary degrees of the University will be awarded to:

Werner Krawietz, Emeritus Professor of Sociology of Law at the University of Münster Anna-Leena Siikala, Professor of Folklore Studies at the University of Helsinki Markku Tapio Kulmala, Professor of Physics at the University of Helsinki Anatoly Sheremet, Professor of Economics at Moscow State University Reinhard Wilhelm, Professor for Programming Languages and Compiler Construction at the University of Saarland

The meeting will be webcast live at:

At 5 pm
Torchlight procession of University members, gathering in front of the academic building at 46 Vanemuine St.

At 7 pm
Anniversary Ball at the Vanemuine Concert Hall. This year's ball also marks the 90th anniversary of the Estonian Republic, which has been celebrated with various events throughout the year. The evening’s program will feature an auction for the „White Piano Fund” and special surprises. Dance music will be provided by Big Band Tartu (soloists Sofia Rubina and Margus Vaher).
Tickets are available from the UT Student Council Office (18b Ülikooli St.), the sales outlets of Piletimaailm and Piletilevi and from the box office of the concert hall.

Tuesday, 2 December

At 12:15 pm
"The Role of Atmospheric Aerosols in Climate Change”, a lecture by Markku Tapio Kulmala, Honorary Doctor of the University of Tartu, at 4 Tähe St, Room 160 (in English).

At 2 pm
Presentation of grants and stipends awarded by the University of Tartu Foundation, in the White Hall of the University History Museum.

At 6 pm
Folk music concert “Once Upon A Time Did Three Friends Go ...” in the University Assembly Hall by students of Viljandi Culture Academy.
Performers: ensemble "Urtapan" (Eeva Lindal – violin, Villu Talsi – mandolin, Taavet Niller – double bass). Free admission.