The University of Tartu celebrates twenty years of English-language studies
Autumn term of this academic year marks two decades since the beginning of English-taught studies at the University of Tartu. Twenty years ago the University of Tartu was the first in Estonia to offer a full semester module in English for international students, forming the foundation for today’s international studies.
The first full English-based module “Semester in the Baltics”, comprising subjects for one full semester, was offered at the University of Tartu in 1993. Today, that modest beginning has led to internationally competitive curricula in English, a growing international community and a general understanding in every field that international cooperation and openness are the keys to development and success.
In order to both celebrate this anniversary and focus attention on the topic of internationalisation in the context of today’s developments, various activities have taken place.
Two seminars on internationalisation in human resources were held: "International Recruiting and Team Building", on 8 October; “Aspirations and reality”, on 9 October. Guest speaker Dr Thomas Eichenberger, Head of Office for Faculty Affairs at ETH Zürich, shared experiences on best practices in international team building and the challenges of internationalisationat at both seminars.
The culmination of the week was the seminar entitled “Twenty Years of English-Language Studies at the University of Tartu: What’s Next?" on 11 October, in the University Assembly Hall. The seminar provided a chance to look back on studies in English at the University of Tartu over two decades, as well as opened up discussion on the current status of internationalisation and the University’s plans for the future.