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Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) is the only technological university in Estonia and the flagship of Estonian engineering and technical education. This is the place where synergy between different fields (technological, natural, exact, social and health sciences) is established. Education from TUT is highly appreciated worldwide. The mission of TUT is to develop the economy and industry of Estonia and the Baltic Sea region through top graduates, innovative applications and cooperation projects.TUT in figures: established in 1918, 14 500 students, 900 foreign students, 2 000 employees, 133 professorships, 55 000 alumni members, 8 faculties, 5 colleges, 4 research institutes, 2 regional competence centres, 35 departments, 112 chairs and 72 buildings (55,5 ha).
Goal for 2015: number of research publications per one filled academic position a year is 1.3; R&D revenue is larger than the teaching revenue; monetary volume of contracts concluded with enterprises is 5.2 million euros; number of defended doctoral thesis is 90.The Faculty of Information Technology (FIT) of Tallinn University of Technology, with its almost 50 years of history, is the largest ICT research and tertiary education institution in Estonia and the only one in the areas of computer systems hardware, electronics and telecommunications. The faculty has more than 2400 undergraduate and graduate students and more than 150 staff members, divided into 6 departments and one research centre.FIT plays a decisive role in Estonian economy providing education and training for software, system, computer, electronics and telecommunication engineers as well as information management engineers (12 different study programs at all three level of higher education). Several programs are offered in English, attracting large number of international applicants, most notably Cyber Security as well as e-Governance Technologies and Services programs. The educational programs are run in tight cooperation with industry sector and international organizations (such as Skype, Ericsson, NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence and others).
TUT has a vast experience in EU projects implementation. Total number of international projects where TUT participated in 2013 was 128. TUT leads 24 projects. Bigger partners are European Commission including 7FP, European Space Agency, Nordic Research Energy. Some international scientific projects of Faculty of Information Technology of TUT are:VFP544. Modelling Crisis Management for Improved Action and Preparedness, European Union FP7, 2014-2015.VERT585. Strategic Alignment of Electrical and Information Engineering in European higher educations institutions - SALEIE, ERASMUS LLP, 2012-2015.V341. Knowledge Environment for Interacting ROBOt SWARMs. European Commission, 2006-2009.VERT422. Enhancing Lifelong Learning for the Electrical and Information Engineering Community - ELLEIEC. ERASMUS LLP, 2008-2011.
For the successful implementation of the current project TUT will play a crucial role not only because of its strong expertise in ICT, but also thanks to TUT’s cooperation with the top 10 universities (Stanford, Berkeley, MIT, Harvard, etc.), scientists and companies (e.g. Microsoft, Google, IBM, ABB, etc.) of the world. TUT has cooperation agreements with 40 universities from Europe, Asia and America. TUT also has a representative office in Silicon Valley, USA.
TUT’s large international network will contribute also to wide dissemination of INNOSPARK project results through the University library, e-library, web site (news feed), MECTORY site and magazines. Outside of TUT project results will be distributed at international conferences and in journals, as well as in the Estonian Association of Engineers magazine named Inseneeria.For the effective exploitation of the project outcomes, the following main groups and key actors will be reached by TUT: students, alumni and ICT employees from micro, small and medium-sized enterprises that need fostering and stimulating creativity and innovation in the area of information technology and wish to benefit from this knowledge and use it in a practical manner in their everyday work and activities.