More than 1,300 people participated in the Open Doors Day of TalTech, visiting laboratories and dormitories and participating in workshops and lectures. March 1 marked the beginning of the admission of students to all study programmes.
A record number of 1,342 people registered to the event dedicated to Bachelor’s studies. This is several hundred more than in previous years. The most popular programmes were information technology majors.
‘The building was full of positive energy and people interested in TalTech. The event itself was organised very well; it kicked off with sharing general information in the hall, followed by the introduction of student organizations, and had workshops sprinkled in between. There was something for everyone,’ said Vice-Rector Hendrik Voll.
Renewable energy workshop was supervised by Virgo Tiidermann, a student of marine engineering and small craft construction at Kuressaare College. Renewable energy is important because non-renewable energy sources are running out and climate change has brought us to a point where a shift is needed. The workshop was packed.
‘The Open Doors Day was exciting for me – both as a teacher and as a student. We had a lot of visitors and a lot of surprisingly enthusiastic young people,’ he said. He believes that studying in Saaremaa is usually quieter and more enjoyable – going there is like a regular vacation.
Professor Voll, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, said that TalTech provides high-quality education that can be used for solving various fascinating professional challenges.
Therefore, the school offers more than thirty different Bachelor’s programmes for very diverse areas of specialisation. To name just a few, the School of Information Technologies helps gain a thorough understanding of how hardware works as well as how to integrate information technology with business activities and explain the needs of one to the other. In the School of Science, you can learn skills and knowledge that will help solve major global challenges, such as climate change, environmental pollution, and declining biodiversity.
Materials technology helps solve problems that are piling up by teaching how to produce materials without harming the environment or get them to store energy in an eco-friendly way. Food technology teaches the links between food and human performance and the methods of contemporary food production. Applied economics helps conceptualise, measure, and understand economic systems so it can be used for solving a variety of major economic issues.
In the Maritime Academy, you can learn to move ships from one port to another. This can be done by steering the ship, working in the engine room, or organizing the logistics. One of the subjects taught in the navigation programme is astronomy, i.e. determining a route with the help of celestial bodies. By studying applied physics, you get an interdisciplinary education that gives you analytical thinking and problem-solving skills valued by all employers.
In recent years, TalTech has also put great effort into developing student life. ‘We have contributed a lot to student organizations. We will soon have as many as 40 of them. Everyone can find something they would like. You can act, sing, dance, debate, and build robots, formulas, or solar cars. If you cannot find anything interesting among the existing options, we are happy to see a new student organisation being born,’ said Voll.
At the Open Doors Day, various organisations (such as the student formula team) were also introduced. As a healthy mind requires a healthy body, those interested could get acquainted with the sports facilities in the TalTech sports building.
Master’s degree programmes are going to be introduced between 17 and 21 April. Admissions are open until the 4 July.