Tallinn University is a public institution of higher education. TU is the third largest university in Estonia. We have more than 8,000 students (with 5.5% of them international) and 850 employees, incl. 420 academics (full time position). Its main strengths lie in the fields of humanities and social sciences, but it also has a strong and constantly growing component of natural and exact sciences, as well as a notable tradition of teacher training and educational research. The amount of applied research as well as cooperation with enterprises is rapidly growing in the field of fine arts, educational technology, health and social sciences. In January 2015 TU adopted a new development plan 2015- 2020 “Promoting Intelligent Lifetyle”. TU mission is to support the sustainable development of Estonia through high-quality research and study, education of intellectuals, public discussions, and promoting of academic partnership.
By focusing resources and activities we aim to develop five interdisciplinary focus fields: educational innovation, digital and media culture, cultural competences, healthy and sustainable lifestyle and society and open governance. Wishing to contribute more to the society, we have set a goal to become the promoter of intelligent lifestyle in Estonia. We interpret intelligent lifestyle as making research-based decisions in order to improve the society in general and the well-being of its citizens. From 1st September 2015 each focus field is represented by a separate School, wherein the sixth School supports the rest with digital technologies and analytics (incl. 8 research centres in schools). We also have 2 regional colleges, and 13 support units.
The University has committed itself to the strategic goal of becoming an international research university with a strong social conscience and a flexible and collegial environment for learning and personal growth. The international dimension today is an integral part of the university and is reflected in all of its core areas. Internationalization is not a target in itself, but rather the means for developing academic quality in all activities of the university.
The Institute of International Social Studies (IISS) which will represent TU in this project is an interdisciplinary research and development institute in Tallinn University. Activities of IISS include the implementation of scientific projects and being involved in PhD Studies and offering international cooperation opportunities for post-doc fellows. IISS participates in numerous local and international research projects.