The national university is celebrating its 94th anniversary
On Sunday, 1 December 2013, the national university will be celebrating its 94th anniversary with a traditional public ceremony, torch procession and ball. At the public ceremony, four honorary doctors and 107 doctors will be promoted and the University of Tartu's "Contribution to Estonian National Identity" award will be delivered.
At noon, 1 December, the anniversary ceremony will be opened in the university's assembly hall by the Rector of the University of Tartu, professor Volli Kalm. The Rector will congratulate all of the members and supporters of the university on the birthday of Estonian university: "A national university is not just an educational institution, it is an ideal of the Estonian people. However, in addition to solemn anniversary speeches, we are also taking a harder-than-usual look into the future, thinking about how to become stronger in order to assume an even firmer position as the leader of social innovation."
On the birthday of the national university, the 107 doctors who have defended their degree within the previous year will be promoted and new honorary doctors of the University of Tartu will be appointed. A professor at the University of Turu and a specialist in biomedicine Seppo Salminen, a professor of pediatric neurology at the University College London Helen Cross, a PhD in geology at the University of Stockholm Urve Miller, and a professor at the University of Lund Lars Montelius will be receiving the title of an honorary doctor. All of the honorary doctors are characterised by outstanding scientific achievement in the development of their field as well as long-term collaboration with the researchers at the University of Tartu.
The winner of UT's 2013 "Contribution to Estonian National Identity" award will be announced at the ceremony. With this award, the University of Tartu recognises people who have made a significant contribution to the Estonian national and state identity with their work.
The anniversary of the national university will continue in the evening with a torch procession and a traditional anniversary ball.
In the framework of the anniversary events, the UT honorary doctor, academician and astrophysicist Jaan Einasto will be presenting his book "Dark Matter and Cosmic Web Story"
in the White Hall of the University History Museum on 2 December at 11 a.m.