The Institute of Computer Science was Awarded for Quality Enhancement in Education
At the "From Student to University – from University to Student 2012" thank-you event, that took place on 10 December 2012, the Institute of Computer Science was awarded for enhancing the quality in education at the University of Tartu, as all of the institute's activities in this field have been successfully planned and realised.
According to Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs Martin Hallik, all sixteen nominees were up to par and the competition for the title was intense. The committee found both the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Computer Science to be equally worthy of the title, but the latter stood out because of its clearly formulated goals, as well as the systematic realisation of those goals. “The Institute of Computer Science has set specific objectives to improve graduation efficiency. For example, they put a lot of effort into supporting students who were writing their theses. Also, they really care about the feedback received from students at the end of each study term. They analyse it diligently and try to put it to use. Furthermore, the institute can boast of successful co-operation with employees, informed personnel policy for hiring lecturers, and a history of success in acquiring additional means”, Hallik explained.
The recipient of the award was elected by the Academic Awards Committee. The prize comprises 30,000 euros that the institute can use for anything it chooses – there are no limitations set. All nominees involved in the competition (15 structural units) received an honourable mention. Narva College and the Institute of Physics made it to the top three.
All those who helped to improve the quality of education at the University of Tartu were acknowledged at the thank-you party, including active students, lecturers voted the best by their students, and the degree studies specialists.
In addition to acknowledging the effort, the event aimed to encourage co-operation between students and the university, as well as to appreciate the students’ initiative and what they have already accomplished. Many students are not content just to study, but are also contributing to the development of the university or helping their fellow students as tutors, peer supporters, members of boards at faculties, and so on.
Additional information: Margit Raudsepp, (+372) 737 5158, margit.raudsepp [ät] ut.ee.