University of Tartu

The University of Tartu (UT) was founded in 1632. UT is Estonia’s leading centre of research and training. It preserves the culture of the Estonian people and spearheads the country’s reputation in research and provision of higher education. Renowned scientists Wilhelm Ostwald (a founder of physical chemistry), Karl Ernst von Baer (a founder of embryology), and many others studied and taught here. With 17,400 students and 1,700 academic staff members organised into 9 faculties and 5 colleges, UT has annually been awarded about 50% of state research grant funding and accounts for more than a half of Estonia’s annual research output (3000 scientific publications, 100 doctoral defences). As Estonia’s national university, spearheads the country’s reputation in research and provision of higher education UT stresses the importance of international co-operation and partnerships with reputable research universities all over the world.The Institute of Physics (IPh) is part of the UT Faculty of Science and Technology. IPh participated in FP5 as a European Regional Centre of Excellence with significant research conducted in environmental radioactivity, in close collaboration with the national Estonian Radiation Protection Department, Finnish STUK safety authority, and IAEA. In light of Estonia’s nuclear legacy sites, human resources requirements at the Estonian Radiation Protection Department, and consideration to supplement energy production with nuclear power, there is a critical need for comprehensive expertise in the full spectrum of nuclear specialties.

UT brings to the GENTLE consortium a unique viewpoint from a country considering the introduction of nuclear power into the energy portfolio, contributing a real firsthand perspective at a time when relevant issues such as human resource concerns are actively discussed and debated publicly. This direct experience provides project partners step-by-step feedback about educational and research issues in nuclear newcomer countries.

University of Tartu
Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu, ESTONIA
+(372) 737 5440
studyinfo@ut.ee