ITEE Center of Excellence in Digital Connected Economy
ITEE Center of Excellence in Digital Connected Economy is a joint initiative between University of Tartu and Tallinn University of Technology and the University of Edinburgh to establish a new world-class ICT research center in Estonia.
The new initiative essentially brings together the full Estonian research potential in ICT to develop an internationally competitive center of excellence. IT has two primary aims: to develop a sufficient critical mass in key multidisciplinary ICT research areas in Estonia, and to enable Estonian economy to develop a dynamic cluster around ICT excellence.
University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s leading Universities, currently being 17th in the QS World University Rankings (24th in THE ranking) with 97% of its academic departments producing world-leading research. It is ranked 15th in the world for the employability of its graduates. According to recent studies Edinburgh’s School of Informatics had more than 1.5 times the number of highest ranked staff (“Internationally Leading”) than the next department in the UK – the School of Informatics has the highest research power among the UK ICT schools. Edinburgh is an attractive IT startup and R&D center. This expertise will help develop the Estonian excellence in ICT and link the outcomes even more to economic growth. http://www.ed.ac.uk/informatics/
Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) is the only technical university in Estonia. Established in 1918, the university has 8 faculties, 12,500 students (10% from abroad) and 1,200 academic staff. Nearly 20% of the students at TUT study in the field of ICT. The Faculty of Information Technology has about 160 PhD students and over 150 academic staff. In addition, the Institute of Cybernetics as a separate R&D institution of TUT is specialized in mechanics, control systems, and computer science. About 100 of its 125 staff are directly involved in scientific research. An interesting fact is that the Skype Tallinn office is right next to the TUT ICT faculty. www.ttu.ee/itt-eng
University of Tartu (UT) is one of the top performing universities from Eastern and Central Europe, placing in the top 400 worldwide. UT currently hosts about 14 000 students and 1500 academic staff. English language Master’s programmes in ICT receive over 50% intake from abroad making it one of the most international units of the university with half of its teaching staff also from an international background. The alumni of the UT Institute of Computer Science have been successful in founding some of the most notable IT companies in Estonia, including Transferwise, Playtech, ZeroTurnaround, Nortal, Fortumo, and others. http://www.cs.ut.ee/
Teaming for excellence measure, funded by Horizon 2020, aims to help bridge the research excellence gap between Member States and strengthen competitiveness and growth across Europe. This is achieved by creating partnerships between those at the very top and those with the most potential to become world-class centers. The Estonian ICT proposal, put forward together with the Estonian Research Council, was selected for preparation of business and operational plans for full-scale implementation and independence beyond that. http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h2020-section/spreading-excellence-and-widening-participation
Professor Gert Jervan, TUT's Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology, gert dot jervan at ttu dot ee, it.ee