The universities are governed by the Ministry of Education and Research.
The universities are governed by the Ministry of Education and Research. (education.gov.ee) The University shares responsibility with the Ministry of Education and Research for the development of higher education in Estonia and conducts research in line with national priorities. The primary focus is on coordinating institutions, providing professional advice to the Minister and other civil servants, and implementing policy at both strategic and operational levels.
The Government is responsible for the financing of higher education, including research funding. The current government is proposing that all universities be given equal access to financial support, although this will only apply to certain types of activities.
The National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE) is responsible for overseeing university governance at all levels: from local management through faculty/departmental management all the way up to governing body level. In addition to this role, it also has a remit in terms of ensuring quality standards are maintained across institutions, as well as conducting external evaluations which may result in recommendations for improvements being made by government departments or other agencies such as QAA International.
Establishments of higher education can be defined as either a university or a “higher education institution”:
In the Republic of Estonia, establishments of higher education can be defined as either a university or a “higher education institution”. A university is a research and development institution that awards academic degrees. A higher education institution is an institution that awards academic degrees.
A higher education institution may also be defined as an educational establishment at which students are taught to attain basic and secondary level academic degrees and professional qualifications in fields of science and technology, social sciences, humanities and arts. Universities are also higher education institutions, but not all higher education institutions are universities. In addition to full-time study programmes, universities must offer doctoral training in order to be defined as universities.
If you wish to view the list of universities then visit the Ministry of Education website for more information about Estonian Higher Education Institutions.
The university aims to contribute to the development of Estonia as a democratic society, nation and state based on constitutional principles, civil society, ethical norms and cultural traditions.
The university aims to contribute to the development of Estonia as a democratic society, nation and state based on constitutional principles, civil society, ethical norms and cultural traditions. In keeping with its mission the University strives to promote Estonian language and culture based on national values.
Estonia has only recently become an independent state again. It is a small country with small universities whose fame is limited by national borders. However, there are many advantages in studying in such a small country: it is impossible not to notice what is going on in this new European democracy. It is also impossible not to see how fast things are changing nowadays; especially in such a small country as Estonia.
It can be said that two of the best developments of the last decade were due to Estonian students: the Internet-based voting system for the elections which took place in September 2002 and Skype software for making phone calls through Internet connections at very low rates or even free.
Within Europe, Estonia has one of the best education systems (according to OECD/PISA) but at the same time it offers good possibilities for more personal relations between students and teachers.
Estonia is a great country to study in
You might want to study in Estonia, because Estonia is a great country to study in. Universities are governed by the Ministry of Education and Research and they must aim to contribute to the development of Estonia as a democratic society, nation and state based on constitutional principles, civil society, ethical norms and cultural traditions. In addition, universities have to encourage international cooperation and play an important role in personal, social and economic development.
The programmes offered at Estonian universities are internationally recognised with many possibilities for international exchange which means that you can spend some time studying abroad during your studies.