The highest decision-making body of the university is the eleven-member council chaired by Ruth Oltjer.

The council is responsible for the university's economic activities and long-term development. Among its other duties, the council approves the university's statutes and adopts its strategic plan and budget. 

Five council members are nominated by the minister of education and research, five by the university senate and one by the Estonian Academy of Sciences.

On 30 December 2021, the Government of Estonia approved the new composition of the council of the University of Tartu for five years.


Nominated by the minister of education and research







Arto Aas
Managing Director of the
Estonian Employers' Confederation







Heidi Kakko
Chair of the Supervisory Board of UniTartu Ventures OÜ






Marja Makarow
Member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters,
President of Academia Europaea







Ants Nõmper
Managing Partner of the Ellex Raidla law firm







Ruth Oltjer
CEO of Chemi-Pharm AS







Elmer Sterken
Professor of Monetary Economics of the University of Groningen 


Nominated by the senate







Jaan Eha
Professor of Cardiology, Academician







Birute Klaas-Lang
Professor of Estonian as Foreign Language






Mari Moora
Professor in Community Ecology







Martin Aleksander Noorkõiv
Doctoral student in Media and Communication







Urmas Varblane
Professor of International Business





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