Today, application for the new microdegree programmes of TalTech starts. Studies begin at the end of January. In the spring semester, the university will open a total of 16 microdegree programmes aimed at employed adult learners.
The TalTech microdegree programmes which start on 24 January offer the opportunity to gain deeper knowledge on wood and wood technology, physics, building automation, digital manufacturing, sustainable manufacture of wearing apparel, staff recruitment, maritime affairs, environmental technologies, renewable fuels, power engineering, structural computing, and other programmes in the engineering discipline.
Fjodor Sergejev, Dean of School of Engineering at TalTech, invites everyone who has previously acquired knowledge in the same or a closely related field and who wishes to improve himself/herself to study. “Today, knowledge in fields requiring an education in engineering becomes outdated every 3–5 years on average,” Sergejev said. “The programmes are based on the professional standards of engineers with a higher education and provide the latest knowledge in each respective area.”
For the first time, the programmes of the Estonian Maritime Academy are also included in the selection of microdegrees. We offer two programmes in the spring semester – the basics of marine cartography and maritime safety, and fish and seafood. “Our microdegree programmes provide basic knowledge of compiling charts for navigation and principles of ensuring maritime safety,” associate professor, Inga Zaitseva-Pärnaste, head of the marine cartography and maritime safety programme. Prior professional knowledge is not required to study in this microdegree programme. The fish and seafood microdegree programme is best suited for a more experienced and informed learner who is interested in the correct processing techniques for fish and seafood and ways to manage this process.
This spring, the Virumaa College will offer eight microdegree programmes in Kohtla-Järve, ranging from electrical engineering and circuit diagram design to the use of environmental technologies, CAD software, and IT systems. “We have been actively cooperating with local companies and finding out their expectations and needs,” said Mare Roosileht, the director of the Virumaa College. “Both Eesti Energia and Viru Keemia Grupp have shown interest in these microdegree programmes and are prepared to guide their employees to participate in the programmes,” she added.
Studies in the TalTech's microdegree programmes take place together with regular students, however, the volume of the programmes has been designed to be suitable for students who are already employed. The volume of the microdegree programmes is 12–24 credits, which are completed in two to three semesters. Graduates of a microdegree programme will receive a refresher training certificate from the university and the opportunity to continue their studies. More than 80 students are currently studying at TalTech's microdegree programmes which started this fall.