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Institutional accreditation

Every seven years, all Estonian higher education institutions must undergo external evaluation  institutional accreditation. The first such accreditation of the University of Tartu was completed in 2015. Currently, the university is preparing for the external evaluation taking place in 2022.

In the course of institutional accreditation, the conformity of the university’s activities and study and research environment with legislation, the university's goals and strategic plan is assessed.

Starting from 2019, institutional accreditation is carried out according to new principles. Instead of the previous four areas, the universities are assessed in twelve areas, with quality culture, academic ethics and internationalisation as separate topics (see the institutional accreditation guidelines). Instead of study programme groups, a selection of curricula are assessed. The University of Tartu and EKKA have chosen six curricula the internal evaluation results of which will be added to the university's self-assessment report for institutional accreditation:

  • Entrepreneurship and Digital Solutions (professional higher education, Narva College),
  • Law (bachelor's studies),
  • Biology and Biodiversity Conservation (bachelor's studies),
  • Translation and Interpreting Studies (master's studies),
  • International Relations and Regional Studies (English-taught master's studies),
  • Robotics and Computer Engineering (English-taught master's studies).

The assessment visit takes place from 11 to 14 April 2022.

The assessment committee comprises

  • Jürgen Kohler – chair of the committee; Professor, Greifswald University (Germany)
  • Fiona Ruth Crozier – secretary of the committee; independent consultant (United Kingdom)
  • Engel-Mari Mölder – student, Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)
  • Liz Bacon – Professor, Abertay University (United Kingdom)
  • Laurent Counillon – Professor, Université Nice Sophia Antipolis (France)
  • Markus Dettenhofer – reseacher, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (Czechia)
  • Anca Greere – Professor, Babeș-Bolyai University (Romania)
  • Aalt Willem Heringa – Professor, Maastricht University (Netherlands)
  • Jonas Hinnfors – Professor, University of Gothenburg (Sweden)
  • Sokratis K. Katsikas – Director, Norwegian Center for Cybersecurity in Critical Sectors (NORCICS) (Norway)
  • Andres Kütt – member from outside of HEIs; CTO, Jio Egov Center of Excellence (Estonia)
  • Oliver Vettori – Dean, WU Vienna (Austria)

The self-evaluation report of the University of Tartu has been sent to the Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education (EKKA) for approval. Until receiving the approval, the text of the document is not final.

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