The new Statutes of Tallinn University of Technology makes management of the university more transparent and efficient
On 21 October, the Board of Governors of Tallinn University of Technology (TTU) approved the university´s new Statutes, the goal of which is to make the structure and management of the university more transparent and efficient.
The new Statutes of Tallinn University of Technology will enter into force on 1 January 2017.
According to the Chairman of the Board of Governors Gunnar Okk, the adoption of the new Statutes is a next important step in the structural reform of the university. "The Statutes was prepared with an aim to make Tallinn University of Technology a more flexible and dynamic – a learning, intelligent, rapidly adjusting organisation," Okk said. "Decision-making processes should become more transparent and responsibility for the decisions made should be more explicit." Transition to a new governance structure is part of the university´s ambitious goal to become one of the best universities of technology in the Nordic countries.
The Statutes provides a framework for day-to-day management of the university. The new Statutes defines more clearly the decision-making processes and the responsibilities of the Board of Governors, the Council, the Rector as well as the structural units.
One of the most important changes in academic employment relations is establishment of tenured positions. The aim of a tenure-team academic career model is to ensure job security for the scientists and academic freedom in choosing a research topic as well as to motivate junior researchers to choose the career of a scientist.
The biggest change in studies is strengthening of the role and powers of the heads of study programmes. The heads of study programmes are responsible for the development, improvement of the quality and economic sustainability of the study programmes.
The TTU Statutes lays down the principles of the election and the functions of the Board of Governors, the Council and the Rector and the division of responsibilities between them, as well as the functions of the school and department councils and their heads.
The members of the TTU Council and the Board of Governors, the Rector with his team, the founding deans, research scientists and students were involved in preparing the TTU´s new Statutes.
Tallinn University of Technology is a modern university of engineering and technology, the strength of which lies in the synergy of engineering, natural, exact, social and health sciences. TTU shall, in particular, be responsible for ensuring the offspring of engineers and technical scientists in Estonia.
The university has 700 lecturers and more than half a thousand research staff, the number of TTU alumni amounts to 70,000. The TTU campus, which is situated on more than 50 ha, includes 72 buildings. The students are offered superb student and cultural life; the accommodation and sporting facilities are one of the best in Northern Europe.