Henrik Hololei is TalTech Alumnus of the Year
TalTech University annually recognises its alumni with the Alumnus of the Year Award. On September 17, on the Academic Ceremony of the 100th anniversary of the University, Henrik Hololei, Director General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission, was nominated for the Alumnus of the Year 2018.
The tradition of electing Alumni of the Year began in 1996. The honorary title will be awarded to an alumnus whose activities have significantly promoted Estonian society in the fields of education, science, engineering, economics or culture, or who has outstanding achievements in relation with TalTech.
"Henrik Hololei is the first and only Estonian DG of the European Commission, and also the youngest Commission official appointed to the position," said Väino Kaldoja, Chairman of the Management Board of the TalTech Alumni Association. "The area he manages has a significant impact on the entire European economy. We are proud that he graduated from TalTech; with the title of Alumnus of the Year, we want to set his achievements as example for all young people studying," said Kaldoja.
"The title of Alumnus of the Year is a very high recognition for me. I can safely say that the TalTech education is the foundation of my career, not only because of the lessons learned, but also thanks to the people with whom and from whom I learned. I am proud of my alma mater, and the education I received here has always helped me cope in a competitive international environment," said Henrik Hololei, the most recent TalTech Alumnus of the Year. "I recognise the University’s academic family of today and of my time and I hope that current and future students will contribute to the TalTech vision, an innovative Estonia in a sustainable world," said Hololei.
In the previous years, many alumni important in the Estonian society have been recognised, who have also contributed to the development of TalTech, such as Tiit Vähi (1996), Toomas Luman (1999), Erkki Raasuke (2008), Hardi Meybaum (2013), Marek Helm (2016 ) and others.