TTÜ and the IT College signed a merger agreement
Rector of Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ) Academician Jaak Aaviksoo and Chairman of the Management Board of the Information Technology Foundation for Education (HITSA) Erki Urva signed an agreement according to which TTÜ and the IT College will merge on 1 August 2017.
The aim of the merger is to improve the quality of teaching and to increase the graduation rate in ICT disciplines. The private sector will be involved in the development of curricula so that the education provided at the university would meet labour market needs. Joint curricula will be developed that combine the practical orientation and flexibility of the IT College with the scientific capacity of TTÜ.
Erki Urva, Chairman of the Management Board of HITSA, confirms, "In the Estonian ICT sector there is a significant lack of well educated ICT specialists, in particular highly qualified professionals who have practical skills. We belive that pooling of the resources, joining the strong practical IT education of the IT College with the larger scale and scientific potential of TTÜ will allow the merged university to increase significantly the graduation rate of specialists who have the skills required by the employers.
When signing the merger agreement, Rector of Tallinn University of Technology Academician Jaak Aaviksoo said, "The economic development working group, led by Erkki Raasuke, presented its report last week that states clearly that in Estonia today approximately 500 specialists graduate from a university in ICT disciplines a year, whereas the actual need is three times higher. By joining the forces of TTÜ and the IT College we can certainly move closer to that goal."
The students studying currently at the College can complete their studies under the current curricula. The IT College will retain its brand; the College will be part of the TTÜ School of Information Technologies. The IT College will continue to provide in-service training and retraining.
- The total number of students of all study cycles at the TTÜ Faculty of Information Technology is 2,200, of whom nearly 350 are foreign students. This autumn approximately 750 new students were admitted. Last academic year 400 students graduated from TTÜ in IT disciplines.
- The total number of students in daytime, evening and distance learning courses of the IT College amounts to more than 1040, of whom over 330 took up their studies in the autumn semester of this academic year. More that 880 IT specialists have entered the labour market from IT College.
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. The university has 700 lecturers and more than half a thousand research staff, the number of TTÜ alumni amounts to 70,000. The TTÜ 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. TTÜ was founded in 1918.
The Estonian Information Technology College is an institution of applied higher education founded in 2000 and administered by the Estonian Information Technology Foundation for Education. At the IT College you can acquire higher education in the following curricula: IT Systems Administration, IT Systems Development, Information Systems Analysis and the English-language curriculum Cyber Security Engineering. The total number of students in daytime, evening and distance learning courses of the IT College amounts to more than 1040. The best professionals in the field share their knowledge in the modern IT College building.
TTÜ press representative
cell +372 53 03 61 63
kroot dot noges at ttu dot ee
Marketing Manager at the Estonian Information Technology College
phone +372 6285 817
marje dot meenov at itcollege dot ee