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Tallinn is the capital city of Estonia. Historically, as a significant member of the Hanseatic League, it has been a centre of regional trade - between Western Europe and North Western Russia, between Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, and around the Gulf of Finland. Tallinn has also been at the forefront of regional networking and cultural interchange bringing together a diversity of religious groups, merchants, feudal overlords, under the rule of various military orders (Livonian Brothers of the Sword, the Teutonic Order) and imperial powers (Denmark, Sweden, Tsarist Russia). Today, the Historic Centre (Old Town) of Tallinn is one of the best preserved Hanseatic town centres. It is included on the Unesco World Heritage List as an exceptionally complete medieval northern European trading city on the coast of the Baltic Sea.
The host institution, Tallinn University of Technology, is the only university in Estonia that focuses on engineering and technology. There are more than 11,000 students at the university (of which approximately 30% are masters and 6% are doctoral students). Tallinn University of Technology is the primary provider of education and research to the Estonian construction industry so it enjoys a unique connection with local industry and an extensive network of alumni.