New deans of University of Tartu have been elected
Last week the dean elections of the four new faculties of the University of Tartu came to an end. The new deans will take office on 1 January 2016 when the university units will continue as four faculties in the new structure.
The new dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities is Professor of Practical Philosophy, current dean of the Faculty of Philosophy Margit Sutrop. Sutrop said that she will continue to make sure that students have more possibilities to create their own individual education and that the University of Tartu provides education which meets the needs of Estonian society.
The new dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences is Professor of Macroeconomics and current dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration Raul Eamets. He acknowledged that there will be great challenges ahead because the new faculty will comprise very diverse units who all have their strong identity.
The new dean of the Faculty of Medicine is Vice Dean for Residency of the current Faculty of Medicine and Professor of Propaedeutics of Internal Medicine Margus Lember. Lember stressed that as the university operates 24/7, electing a new dean is not an event that requires taking a break, all current activities will continue as planned. He named forming a team and putting new types of institutes to work as the first tasks.
The new dean of the Faculty of Faculty of Science and Technology is current dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology and Professor of Chemical Physics Peeter Burk. Burk promised to be a dean for the whole faculty who takes into consideration the opinions that were voiced during the debates.
University of Tartu Rector Volli Kalm credited all colleagues who cast their vote. “All the elected deans are competent leaders who have an understanding of the university and are academic leaders in their field. I am sure that they will be active members of the administration with whom we will work together so that the university would develop and contribute to the wellbeing of Estonia and the world.”
Additional information: Andres Soosaar, University of Tartu Academic Secretary, tel. 737 5605, e-mail: andres.soosaar [ät] ut.ee.