The new Rector of the University of Tartu will be elected on 26 April 2018 and will assume duties on 1 August 2018.
On 14 February the council of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities decided to nominate professorMargit Sutrop as rector’s candidate. On 1 March the council of the Faculty of Medicine decided to submit professor Toomas Asser as a candidate to the post of the rector of the University of Tartu.
On 8 March, council meetings were held in the Faculty of Science and Technology and the Faculty of Social Sciences. Both faculty councils decided to support the candidacy of both professor Sutrop and professor Asser.
Rector candidates can be presented by faculty councils, councils of other Estonian universities, the board of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, 15 professors of the university collectively, and the student council. Eligible candidates for the position of the rector are persons who are or have been elected as professors.
How the rector’s elections are organised:
The first meeting of the election commission is held on 23 January. The elections of the rector are announced on 25 January 2018, when an announcement is published in the daily newspapers Postimees and Eesti Päevaleht.
The rector is elected for a term of five years by an electoral council, which consists of members of the council, the senate, faculty councils and the student council, as well as professors and lead research fellows whose workload at the university is at least 20 hours per week. The list of the electoral council is approved as of 9 April. The election commission approves the list of the electoral council not later than on 19 April 2018.
The electoral council elects the rector at an election meeting presided by the chair of the election commission. The election meeting takes place on 26 April 2018 at 12:00 in the university assembly hall. The election meeting has a quorum if more than a half of the members of the electoral council attend. The candidate who receives more than a half of the votes of the electoral council is elected. Read about the voting procedure at the election meeting.
If the rector is not elected, the incumbent rector’s term of office is extended by one year. If the rector is not elected and the post of the rector is unfilled at the time of the election, the senate appoints an acting rector for up to one year.
Elections of the rector are regulated by the Statutes of the University of Tartu.
To organise the elections, the University of Tartu council adopted Rules for the Election of the Rector and formed an election commission. Members of the election commission are:
Hannes Kollist, Professor of Molecular Plant Biology – chair of commission,
Marko Eltermann, doctoral student,
Arne Merilai, Professor of Estonian Literature,
Kadri Ukrainski, Professor in Research and Innovation Policy,
Anneli Uusküla, Professor of Epidemiology.
The commission is supported in its work by academic secretary Andres Soosaar, 737 5605, andres.soosaar [ät] ut.ee
Further information about the procedure of elections is available from the chair of the election commission Hannes Kollist, 737 4814, hannes.kollist [ät] ut.ee