TalTech participated in KTH Partner Visit 2019 in Stockholm
The largest public sector universities in Stockholm – Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University – complement each other and offer outstanding education and research environments, strengthening the capital region and playing a central role in development at national and international level.
On September 19-21, these three universities – the Stockholm Trio – held an event together with the City of Stockholm called KTH Partner Visit providing an opportunity to deepen the relations between these institutions and also to get to know participants from other universities.
Triin Bõstrov, International Cooperation Coordinator, and Renna Tõniste, International Marketing and Communications Officer represented TalTech at the event. The dates of the Partner Visit were chosen wisely to attract more participants around the world who were also planning to attend EAIE (European Association for International Education) conference – Europe’s largest international higher education conference – in Helsinki on September 24–27. The strategy was effective as more than 75 colleagues from partner universities in Australia, Belgium, Chile, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Mexico, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan and USA in addition to Estonia found the programme interesting to take part in.
The Stockholm Trio complement, reinforce and challenge each other in terms of education and research. Subject areas range from medicine, humanities and social sciences to science, technology and engineering. Together they form a comprehensive university environment in the Stockholm region and work across university borders in a series of exciting and socially important projects in collaboration with industry, the surrounding society and international partners.
The three universities are part of the innovation initiative that Stockholm region has presented to become the world’s most innovation-driven economy by 2025, and they are also actively involved with an ambitious objective of Stockholm to become the world’s smartest city by the year 2040.
The 3-day programme provided also a brief overview of EIT (European Institute of Innovation & Technology) activities and KTH staff involvement in its 8 innovation communities, more specifically in EIT Digital, which is a leading European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation driving Europe’s digital transformation.
The programme provided time for more personal discussions and TalTech representatives scheduled a meeting with colleagues from National University of Singapore Victor P. W. Shim, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Vice-President, and Koh Li Ling, Senior Associate Director. The discussion involved cooperation possibilities in maritime cyber security and staff exchange. Finally, it was a good opportunity to introduce them Asia Update 2020 Conference taking place in Tallinn next May with Rectors’ Panel “Designing successful knowledge-based societies: lessons learned from Japan, Singapore and others” hoping that the Rector of NUS would accept the invitation.