University of Tartu Celebrates Independence Day of the Republic of Estonia with a Public Commemoration Concert
On Friday, 22 February at 1 p.m., the University of Tartu will celebrate the 95th anniversary of Estonian independence with a commemoration concert. At the commemoration, the Ernst Jaakson scholarship of 12,000 euro which is the largest in Estonia, will be handed over and 38 university employees will obtain badges of honour of the University of Tartu.
The opening speech of the commemoration concert of the anniversary shall be made by the Rector of UT, Professor Volli Kalm. Julia Laffranque, a Professor of European Law of the University of Tartu, shall make a presentation “Estonia – a State Based on the Rule of Law in Europe”. Greetings shall be forwarded by Urmas Kruuse, the Mayor of Tartu, and Liina Mahlakõiv, a second year student of the Master’s programme of Economics of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of the University of Tartu.
At the commemoration, the Ernst Jaakson scholarship of 12,000 euro shall be handed over. This year it goes to Priit Vahter, a Senior Research Fellow of Innovation Economics of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of UT. The scholar has been accepted as a guest researcher at the Aston University of the United Kingdom. The scholarship shall enable the young researcher to continue his cooperation with researchers of the United Kingdom in the field of factors of company innovation and productivity. “Upon making the decision, the specific objectives of Vahter and his academic success so far, and the importance of his work and connections for the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration and the university as a whole were determinative,” Ruth Kotsar, the Head of the University of Tartu Foundation, said.
On the occasion of the anniversary of Estonian independence, 38 employees of the university shall be awarded badges of honour of the University of Tartu. Among others, a badge of honour shall be awarded to Anti Selart, a Professor of the Middle Ages of the Faculty of Philosophy, to Tiit Hennoste, a Researcher of Computer Mediated Communication of the Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics and to academic Martti Raidal, a Professor of High Energy Physics of the Faculty of Science and Technology.
At the concert, there will be performances by the choir of the year 2012 appointed by the Estonian Choral Association, the best hobby group of 2012 in the cultural life of Tartu, the Tartu Academic Malechoir, conducted by Alo Ritsing, and the brass quintet ESTICA.
The new album “Peidus pool” of an ambient jazz duo UMA shall be presented at the White Hall of the University of Tartu History Museum at 7 p.m. A performance also by Robert Jürjendal (guitar), Aleksei Saks (trumpet) and Iris Oja (singer). The programme contains songs based on poems of Anzori Barkalaja. The concert is organised in cooperation with the Jazzkaar.