Volli Kalm reelected as University of Tartu rector
Incumbent rector Volli Kalm was once again elected rector of the University of Tartu on Thursday.
Prosecution to look into harassment at UT
Recent weeks have brought to the attention of the public an alleged harassment case at the University of Tartu in connection with which two criminal cases have now been opened. Rector Volli Kalm says that the university's peace has been disturbed, and that public treatment of the unseemly end of a relationship between a male professor and a former female employee and doctoral student has damaged the persons themselves, university staff, and the school as a whole.
23.02.2017, Risto MetsPM
Teenager becomes first minor to get lung transplant in Estonia
A lung transplantation surgery was successfully performed on 15-year-old Valter from Põlva County 11 days ago. Valter is a cheerful and talented young man, despite his illness.
16.02.2017, Heilika LeinusPM
Potential barrier against spread of HPV
Scientists of the University of Tartu Institute of Technology have found a way to use bioluminescence to monitor the growth of the human papillomavirus (HPV) and effects different drugs have on the virus. The method can be used to develop new medicines.
10.02.2017, Riin AljasPM
Engineers want to cook spy drones
A defense industry development grants competition awarded financial support from the taxpayer to the visions of four companies. The realization of these visions would result in a unique solution for blinding camera drones, voice guidance for a pocket tank, eavesdropping on enemy communications, and a super-economical battery.
01.02.2017, Oliver KundElu
Tasub jälgida! Tartu ülikooli teadlased koguvad Instagramis populaarsust
Kuigi kevadel avatud Tartu ülikooli teadlaste Instagrami kontol ei ole kaugeltki nii palju jälgijaid kui Grete Kleinil või Mallukal, kogub see noorte seas üha suuremat populaarsust.
ESTCube team makes first contract for building space cameras
ESTCube-1, Estonia’s first satellite to be sent to the Earth’s orbit in cooperation with the University of Tartu, Tartu Observatory and other research institutions, took images of such excellent quality, as experts say, that now the Tartu researchers are getting first orders from the space industry. In January 2017 the first custom-made space camera will be mounted to the students’ satellite of the European Space Agency.
University of Tartu ranks record high among world's best universities
Estonia's University of Tartu holds the highest place of all time in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings published on Wednesday evening, placing 301-350.
Dam openings unnecessary
The dam connecting the islands of Saaremaa and Muhumaa, known as Väinatamm, has had a positive effect on water quality in the strait, marine scientists find after discussing the matter following a request from the environment minister.
19.09.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Tartu korvpalli lipulaev on muutuste tuules
Algaval korvpallihooajal kannab Tartu esindusmeeskond nime Tartu Ülikool ning värskenduse saavad meeskonna visuaal ja taustajõud. Meeskonna peatreenerina jätkab Gert Kullamäe ja käib ka meeskonna aktiivne komplekteerimine.
28.07.2016, Kaspar KoortPM
Tallinn to increasingly speak Russian (1)
In 2000–2011, largest numbers of Estonians in Tallinn moved to Pelgulinn, Kalamaja and Pääsküla. Regarding Russians, they were most inclined to go live in Laagna, Mustakivi and Väike-Õismäe city districts. Among the suburbs, Estonians overwhelmingly looked towards Viimsi while Russians resettled in Maardu. Among those who left Tallinn, Estonians spread all over Estonia and Russians firstly chose East-Viru County, industrial towns and Tartu.
11.07.2016, Riin AljasPM
A genuine nationalist or a laborious landlord?
Standing ovations were the lot of EKRE head Mart Helme addressing the public in Tartu, as part of party's spring tour.
16.05.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
For archaeologists, Lake Peipsi emerges as goldmine
«The entire edge of Peipsi is filled with them!» yells University of Tartu lab archaeology professor Aivar Kriiska, excited about toil by archaeologists Maili Roio and Andri Baburin since 2012 yielding items at Lake Peipsi dating back thousands of years. All in all, ten settlement areas have been mapped by Ms Roio.
04.05.2016, Riin AljasPM
Erring doctors deprived of right to work in Finland
During the past three years in Finland, 21 doctors from territory of former Soviet Union have been deprived of right to practice as physicians or subjected to restrictions. Of these, lion's share have passed their medical exams in Estonia.
25.04.2016, Hanneli RudiPM
Cash lacking to explore Hiiumaa's corals
Led by Estonian Maritime Institute, University of Tartu, unique reliefs were discovered in sea near Hiiumaa, sprawling on hundreds of square metres and resembling coral reefs. Are these indeed coral formations and even prehistoric as initially assessed? For lack of funds, this remains to be seen.
19.04.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
Price rise drags Estonian phosphate rock back into limelight
Recently, global price for the ancient rock suddenly skyrocketed and suddenly our deposits are flashing signs of us getting rich quick and Estonia eradicating world hunger.
21.03.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Editorial: how to restore sense of security in society?
Last week, Estonia was in shock by the brutal beating in Tartu of a father under the very eyes of his small son, having reprimanded young guys for kicking over a trash can. By today, we know of the lengthy punishment register of the offenders.
Every third offender a drug addict
A study conducted among offenders revealed that about third of them are struggling with drug addiction. Though Estonia features options for treatment and rehabilitation, effectiveness of measures applied has actually not been assessed.
09.03.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
The dark side of the tough guys
The much-noticed Soldiers of Odin Estonia Facebook group features a minimum of 182 people of criminal background with at least 374 crimes under their belt. The figure may be higher but these are what Postimees was able to confirm.
08.03.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Editorial: careless care
One day it may happen. When it turns out a loved one needs constant care and support due to age or severe illness. Such is increasingly the case thus forcing us to take an ever more serious look at aging with dignity.
National language giving ground to Russian
Leading Estonian linguists and even transport business is troubled by sneak attack of Russian language into official services environment and think the increasingly public plans by politicians to support that is populist, demeaning and an embarrassing attempt to paper the problem over.
26.02.2016, Aivar PauPM
Centre sees potential benefits in cooperation with party of Putin
Earlier, Centre Party has repeatedly promised to vote over continued cooperation with United Russia. At its assembly this Saturday, they did not. The issue was indeed up for discussion, but vice chairman Jaanus Karilaidwho formerly wished the cooperation would cease is now of the opinion that they might try withing the treaty to seek something useful for Estonia.
15.02.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Sexually abused, the youth rarely see specialists
Despite the whopping 32 percent of Estonia's children and youth having suffered sexual abuse, few have recourse to a specialist.
02.02.2016, Triin ÄrmPM
Work group to hunt elephants hindering economy of Estonia
Summonsing the economic experts, Prime Minister of Estonia Taavi Rõivas is after ideas on how to reach the Nordic livings standards while avoiding the setting of a date.
01.02.2016, Kadri HansaluPM
The dark side of Estonian science: paid articles in trashy magazines
Estonia has spawned a bunch of scientists who like to lengthen their CV with articles published in «science magazines» for money. The grey market abounds from Bangladesh to Nigeria. Universities in Estonia recognize the problem but no-one has a solution.
27.01.2016, Oliver KundPM
Tallinn views lead to great discovery
Russian film historian Pyotr Bagrov has identified a movie thought to have been destroyed – the very first Estonian feature film shot in 1913 titled «Laenatud naene» (The Borrowed Wife). After a 102 year pause, the film again reaches Estonian viewer.
11.11.2015, Tiit TuumaluPM
Finnish professor: Putin is seeking cooperation
Last week featured a lecture at University of Tartu by Tuomas Forsberg, international politics lecturer at Tampere University and a leading Russian expert in Finland, who says the West was overly optimistic regarding Vladimir Putin at the beginning of last decade, but extremely pessimistic now.
06.11.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Editorial: compensation for Soviet damages again tabled
Talking about damages caused for the occupation, thought go towards human lives being destroyed even as we write this, in Ukraine, due to activities by Kremlin. To mainly Russian-speaking people, vast material damage has been caused and the environment devastated. Regrettably, the powers that be at Kremlin have failed to learn the lessons of history that slaughter of people and destruction of assets comes with a price - potentially to be paid by them and their nation.
Editorial: hey, keep on eating everybody!
Mighty these days is the torrent of information. Whatever we pick out and apply, is our own business. let's read wisely and avoid adding what isn't there. The health development institute guidelines are just that - guidelines and no commandments. Meanwhile, seeing the agency is competent, why not stop and think daily diet over.
Editorial: our symbolic treasure
As times go by, historic cultural treasures increase in value, both as assets and emotionally. In disputes between the nations, they evolve into a kind of symbolic metric and in the remarks around their ownership the current temperature of relations between the states is seen and felt. Likewise with an art collection taken to Russia from University of Tartu during WW1. While Fine Arts Museum in Voronezh celebrates 200th birthday of Otto Friedrich von Richter's Ancient Egypt Collection, we are still stuck with the centenary since it was taken away.
Parts sets sights on EU heights
Soc Dems assessment pending, Reform and IRL have actually agreed for Estonia's new representative at European Court of Auditors is one-time prime minister Juhan Parts (IRL).
02.11.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Voronezh, Russia basks in Richter collection glory
Probing the insides of 3,000 years old sarcophagus holding Nesipaherentahat, a personal architect and scribe to the Egyptian pharaoh Ramos, Russian historians stumbled upon proof that the art treasure has actually resided in Estonia – out popped a Tartu circus poster dating 108 years back!
02.11.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
The ranting dads and the rattled kids on the fields
«Get the game!», «Boil the umpire!», «Pass better!», «Strike stronger!». A late afternoon at sports arena. The kids are playing football, «green» against «yellow». All are having fun and trying their very best. At times, they flop pretty bad which for beginners is pardonable. Flanking the field, coaches of both teams are encouraging the guys to enjoy the game. At the other edge.. we quoted them above, a bit. In the conflict of educational philosophies, who loses is the child. What did he do wrong? Nothing.
22.10.2015, Kaarel TällPM
Arabic speakers countable on fingers
Lion's share of refugees coming to Estonia will be Syrians whose command of English will be our basic school level at best. Meanwhile, Arabic speakers in Estonia number under two dozen.
07.10.2015, Nils NiitraPM
«I think they'll hate us!» — worldwide washing revolution stirring in Tartu
For years, Tartu scientists have been busy developing a groundbreaking system to do laundry which has now caught the eye of world class investors and Asian wash machine makers. Last week, high honours were awarded at a sustainable technology competition.
10.09.2015, Aivar PauPM
Soc Dems to seat Ossinovski, Hanso and Liisa Oviir in government
On Saturday, board of Social Democrats nominated Liisa Oviiri, Hannes Hanso and party chairman Jevgeni Ossinovski as candidates for business, defence and health/labour ministers respectively.
Paper proposes paid higher education in English
Published yesterday, a report by Nordic Investment Bank vice president Gunnar Okk advises to heap research and higher education on three major universities. Critical of the approach, Marju Lauristin condemns this as administrative-technocratic view on the domain.
26.08.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
University of Tartu seeks to swallow three institutes
Despite the sleepiness of summer, employees at the Institute of the Estonian Language (EKI) are deeply disturbed that their institution – a bastion to defend and develop the native tongue – is in danger of takeover by University of Tartu (TÜ) as approved by the very Ministry of Education and Research.
05.08.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Editorial: family doc, show up!
The search must promptly begin for family doctors for a needy Estonia. Where will they come from? Master key goes lacking in Master's thesis by Pille Saar, an expert, while various worthy versions have been tabled for discussions.
New family doctors must be sought from abroad
Estonian dearth of family doctors has reached the stage where officials will need to consider the option of hiring foreigners.
04.08.2015, Hanneli RudiPM
Estonia under threat of forced aid to Greece
Though approved by Riigikogu's European Union Affairs Affairs Committee last Friday, financial aid for Greece within European Stability Mechanism (ESM) could just as well be forced upon us, say experts - and that in volumes prescribed by other members.
23.07.2015, Indrek MäePM
Garri Raagmaa: on sweetness of small town life
Citing study, University of Tartu regional planning docent Garri Raagmaa says city folks may be richer but small town life is happier.
20.07.2015, Garri RaagmaaPM
Japanese giant buys up Estonian start-up
Rakuten, a leading e-commerce group in the world, has bought up the Estonian start-up Fits.me which provides virtual fitting room services.
14.07.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
Youth flock to study medicine and business
Fresh from school and eager to study the specialties most popular, their young nerves will be frayed till the university admissions lists are published: excelling at state exams isn’t enough. Postimees took a look at five top hot spots, seeking to see why the rush.
13.07.2015, Nele-Mai OlupPM
University of Tartu tops Estonian university rankings for 7th consecutive year
The University of Tartu is the most highly regarded university in Estonia for the seventh year running, a survey by TNS Emor pollsters shows.
ESTCube-1 gives up the ghost
Yesterday spelled end to Estonia’s first ever and successful student satellite mission ESTCube-1. The device, flung into space two years back, has hereby quit working.
20.05.2015, Piret LaksonPM
Nigerians have discovered Estonian universities
These days, admissions desks at Estonians universities are on overload answering questions from Africa. Though just a tiny percentage ends up studying here, and those that do will have passed a gruesome gauntlet of red tape, the numbers of Nigerian students have performed a tenfold leap in just a few years.
07.05.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Editorial: «unbelievable ugliness» is apt
Unbelievable ugliness – an assessment by University of Tartu rector Volli Kalm to Institute of Physics research fellow promising gymnasium gals altering of exam results in exchange for becoming his mistress. Naturally, the university will have to talk to the individual and gain needed insight. Still, one will have to agree to the rector’s initial reaction: behaving like this, a person may no longer work at the institution.
Rector says research fellow committed «unbelievable ugliness»
University of Tartu Rector Volli Kalm used plain old hillbilly Estonian to label actions by Institute of Physics research fellow – luring 12th grade girls into sexual relationship by promising to alter exam results – as unbelievable and unclean ugliness.
02.04.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
University of Tartu removes engineer of Institute of Physics from teaching
Today, in light of the case disclosed by Postimees, University of Tartu Institute of Physics decided to remove the suspected employee from work as teacher. The university has initiated an investigation and is busy finding out the facts.
01.04.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Estonian company invents mobile underground bomb shelter
Estonian military technology company Terramil OU has invented a waterproof underground bomb shelter which can be used to build a whole town underground.
Scientists in Estonia forge weapon to beat Ebola
Estonia is not untouched by history’s largest Ebola virus epidemic outbreak in Western Africa last year. Not in the frightening sense, though. Rather the opposite: in a week or two, we might preach some glad tidings.
17.03.2015, Priit PulleritPM
Officials say state unable to prevent domestic violence
Lion’s share of police investigators, prosecutors and judges say state is unable to prevent family violence and keep hard cases from happening. This is the stand of 58–72 percent of officials responding to poll «Domestic violence in Estonia thru eyes of jurist».
16.03.2015, Merike TederPM
Editorial: predicting the parliament – a four, five or six pack?
Two parties with no prior parliamentary experience look likely to clear the 5 percent threshold this time around – Free Party and EKRE.
Doctors in difficulty detecting domestic violence
As shown by poll by Estonian Institute for Open Society and University of Tartu, majority of family physicians and gynaecologists, as well as midwives, have run into domestic violence victims. Without proper training and a support network, however, they often fail to help.
22.10.2014, Marina LohkPM
Ilves: there’s physics in the air and this will freshen up the air in Estonia
«Science and talented scientists will help Estonia punch above its weight more than one would presume by the size of our population,» said the President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, at the opening of the new physics building – or Physicum – at the University of Tartu.
Scholarship triggers no stampede of students
This year, a €160 scholarship was launched for students in certain specialties – which still failed to gain popularity.
27.08.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Home birth hereby legal
For over a decade, debate has raged over legalisation of giving birth to babies in homes. Since August 1st, the practice is now legally allowed – with some medical people still against.
22.08.2014, Hanneli RudiPM
Estonian scientists building a giant microscope
Physicists at University of Tartu are the first in Estonia to officially cooperate with European Spallation Source (ESS).
22.07.2014, Merilyn SädePM
Universities ever emptier
Year-on-year, 2013 saw a ten percent decrease in applications to Bachelor’s studies. Education ministry thinks the trend will continue: according to its higher education department head Helen Põllo, five to ten percent less applications will be filed this fall.
01.07.2014, Kaspar JõgevaPM
Rector: somebody didn’t do their job, perhaps
University of Tartu council supported management and structural reform of the institution while declining to ratify new statutes, advising senate to ponder some more over names of academic units. Regarding that, senate decision could come today. Volli Kalm, rector of the university, is ready to allow institutes to call themselves faculties.
20.06.2014, Katre TatrikPM
Editorial: street pluralism
At first glance, the increase of demonstrations in Estonia might be seen as sign of civil displeasure. In reality, this needs to be taken as development in democracy and civil society. Lately, our streets have seen slogans not against state and local government alone, but a private bank has also been targeted (protests against Swedbank, in Haapsalu). At University of Tartu, defence of classical faculties has taken on a virtual storm form. The Estonian is getting increasingly active.
Tartu University council puts reform plans on hold
At its meeting yesterday, University of Tartu council opted not to ratify the university’s new statutes prescribing four large faculties instead of the current nine. Neither, however, did the council veto the statues, said chairman of it, Court of Auditors member Kersti Kaljulaid.
17.06.2014, Katre TatrikPM
University winks at suspected plagiarism
As plagiarism suspicion surfaced regarding a doctoral thesis already defended, Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ) acted in a way that laid bare a legal scheme how people, having received their Doctorates, may in case of suspicions withdraw the thesis, avoid inquiry, and keep it all within university walls.
30.05.2014, Oliver KundPM
Tartu gets top level translational medicine centre
Today, in its Maarjamõisa Campus, University of Tartu opens a world class translational medicine centre (SIME), the conditions and ultra modern equipment of which provide a major boost for scientific research.
23.05.2014, Jaan OlmaruPM
Cube in cosmos, at war with magnetic field
Happy birthday! Today, Estonian space conquest by our very own and very first satellite EstCube-1 is one year old.
07.05.2014, Arko OleskPM
Rod takes kids down path of crime
Kids punished physically are more likely to commit crimes, consume alcohol and be bullied at school, claims a fresh University of Tartu study. Justice minister Andres Anvelt says this points to family violence spreading outside homes, the problem demanding forceful intervention.
06.05.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Obesity in Estonia worse than feared
Just a year ago, National Institute for Health Development (TAI) told us that in Estonia, every second adult is either overweight or obese. At that, the former were much more numerous than the latter: obesity, they thought, was the lot of every fifth. According to a Doctoral thesis recently defended at University of Tartu, it’s actually every third of us that is obese.
24.03.2014, Katre TatrikPM
Satellite image shows woods of Estonia
Forest i.e. biomass may be used as fuel. Being an energy source for power plants. Also being a building material. In addition to that, forest takes up lots of space, of course – but how much, exactly?
07.06.2013, Marju Himma, PostimeesPM
Doctors also leaving wealthy countries
Estonia is not alone in its problem of physician migration. Doctors are also leaving wealthier countries like Germany and UK. However, while these nations find replacements from Poland and Estonia, for instance, no one shifts jobs from West to East.
03.06.2013, Tiina KaukverePM
Forecast on Estonia: doctors aging, nurses seeking other jobs
In case of an especially dark scenario, number of doctors may drop from 4,500 to 2,500, in 20 years – already now every 7th active physician is in retirement age, bound to quit at any moment. At the same time, amount of doctors fresh from university staying to work in Estonia comes below that of those reaching retirement.
24.05.2013, Anneli AmmasPM
Estonian researchers believe rivers will no longer ice over at end of century
Due to global warming most Estonian rivers will no longer ice over in winter by the end of the century, a report by researchers of the University of Tartu and the University of Life Sciences suggests.
University of Tartu signs cooperation accord with Shanghai's SASS
The rectors of the University of Tartu and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS), Volli Kalm and Pan Shiwei, signed a cooperation accord between the two universities in Shanghai on March 11.
University of Tartu professor gets intl lifetime achievement award
The European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) has given its award for lifetime achievement in bone marrow transplantation to University of Tartu professor of hematology and oncology Hele Everaus.
Estonian, British experts team up to develop computer-based math education
Estonian and British experts are developing in the framework of a pilot project a modern approach to teaching statistics and probability theory along with computer-based materials for basic and high school.