On Tuesday, 1 December, the university members celebrate the 101st anniversary of Estonia's national university. Although the traditional anniversary ceremony and the torchlight procession have been cancelled due to the spread of the coronavirus, everybody will be welcome to watch the video greeting by Rector Toomas Asser and the academic video lecture by Professor of German Studies Marko Pajević on the university’s website. On 1 December, also the recipient of the award for contribution to Estonian national identity and the new expatriate Estonian visiting professor will be announced.
The rector’s video greeting and the academic video lecture “Interculturality and the virus” (in Estonian) by Professor of German Studies Marko Pajević will be published on the university’s website on the morning of 1 December.
In his video greeting, Toomas Asser will announce the recipient of the award for contribution to Estonian national identity: an individual whose creative work has significantly promoted the national and state identity of Estonians and Estonia. The new expatriate Estonian visiting professor, who will be teaching and doing research at the University of Tartu in the next academic year, will be announced on the university’s website.
During the past year, the university has become richer by five honorary doctors and 110 doctors. While traditionally, doctoral degrees are conferred at the ceremony marking the anniversary of Estonia’s national university, this time, the conferral ceremony will take place in spring 2021.
At its session of 29 May, the University of Tartu Senate appointed five honorary doctorates:
From 1 December, the dance performance “Oh, otsigem…” (“Seeking for…”) by Raul Markus Vaiksoo can be enjoyed on the university’s video portal uttv.ee. Dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the University of Tartu student union and the past century of the national university, the performance explores the various aspects of student life through the ages and finding one’s own path in life.
Today, on 30 November at 16, the book “Sada aastat üliõpilasesindust Tartu Ülikoolis” (“A hundred years of student representation at the University of Tartu”) and the cap badge, chest badge and ring of the University of Tartu will be presented among a small circle of invited guests at the UT Library. Watch the recording of the event on uttv.ee (in Estonian).
Last week, the anniversary celebrations started with the popular online conference “Intelligent adaptation to the coronavirus”, at which the university’s researchers introduced studies that help to solve the bottlenecks related to coronavirus pandemic in the society. Nearly 6,600 people watched the live broadcast. The recording of the conference is available on the web page koroonakonverents.ut.ee.
Due to the coronavirus, also the presentation of the university’s honorary decorations and the autumn semester scholarships of the University of Tartu Foundation have been postponed to spring.
Further information:Kady Sõstar, Senior Specialist for Protocol, University of Tartu, 737 5685, 511 9188, kady.sostar [ät] ut.eeTõnis Karki, Academic Secretary, University of Tartu, 529 7917, tonis.karki [ät] ut.ee