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Tallinn University of Technology joined EIT Digital Master School network of top tech European universities

Regina Erlenheim

Regina Erlenheim, project manager EIT Digital and lecturer eGovernment Services and Technologies at Tallinn University of Technology

Students interested in joining the EIT Digital Master School, can now also choose to go to the Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia. This university has joined the network of top tech universities of the EIT Digital Master School. Together they offer students a double master’s degree upon successful completion of their two years EIT Digital masters where deep tech knowledge is combined with innovation and entrepreneurship education. Learning how to turn technology into business is a key part of all the master programmes.

At the Tallinn University of Technology, since 2018 also known as Taltech, students can specialise in Digital Manufacturing. This is one of the new EIT Digital Master School programmes for the upcoming academic year. According to Regina Erlenheim, project manager EIT Digital and lecturer eGovernment Services and Technologies at Tallinn  University of Technology, Taltech starts with the second year offering but is working towards offering the entry year of this masters as well in 2021.

Taltech, “the flagship Estonian university of engineering and IT education and research”, was established in 1918 in the Estonia capital and now is one of the biggest and most renowned universities in Estonia. It has around 70.000 alumni who have contributed to Estonia’s development.

To Erlenheim partnering up with the EIT Digital Academy is a logical choice. Erlenheim: “Both TalTech and EIT Digital value innovation and cooperation between different disciplines, and thus, the joining of efforts to educate the future leaders in innovation and technology is becoming increasingly important.”  

The masters Digital Manufacturing is, alongside Taltech, offered by other Europen tech universities. The first year of the two-year Digital Manufacturing Masters can be taken at UPM in Spain, while students can complete their specialisation year at Tallinn Tech in Estonia, University of Turku in Finland, or ELTE in Hungary.  “We are proud to be surrounded by such strong and innovative partners. All of the partners have their specialities and focuses, and thus, contributing to the pool of knowledge will incrementally benefit all of the consortia. We are also strongly supportive of student mobility and see that the unique know-how and background of each student will enrich both academia and private companies they will be working closely with.”

To the question of why students should choose their specialisation in Digital Manufacturing at Taltech, Erlenheim is clear. “Estonia is vibrant and well known for its openness to everything digital! We have a spirited international student community and a pool of amazing technology companies who are always open to new talent.”

Roberto Prieto, chief education officer says that the EIT Digital Academy constantly is looking for strong partners to team up. The future of higher education in Europe is according to his philosophy based on pan-European collaboration and stimulating mobility among students. “Innovation doesn’t stop at country borders. Therefore, education should embed ways for students to travel across Europe and get to learn all the vibrant innovation places in Europe. This will benefit their careers plus it makes them the European innovators and entrepreneurs who are needed to build a strong digital Europe.”

Participating universities in the EIT Digital Master School

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