Tallinn University of Technology

Academic Strategic Plan


1) To achieve the level and impact in the selected R&D priority areas comparable to the level and impact of the most influential centres in the Baltic Sea region.
2) To contribute to solving economic challenges in Estonia through academic activities. Upon developing academic capabilities, to improve partnership with the private sector in the selected R&D priority areas. To encourage investment in research, development and innovation in these fields and enhance the sectoral development capacities of enterprises.
3) To target academic partnerships at the department and school level. To integrate closer with the European Research Area initiative, to increase attractiveness in global partnerships.
4) To develop new technologies and create conditions for their utilization, including wider use of industrial property, infrastructure investments, mobility of researchers and engineers.
5) To foster breakthrough innovations.

TalTech's R&D priority areas

  • Smart and energy-efficient environments – R&D focusing on the creation, development and application of internationally breakthrough smart and energy-efficient (artificial) environments in areas important to the Estonian economy. The goal of the application is to enhance value creation and international competitiveness of the private sector (including industry) through innovative ICT-based and energy-efficient engineering solutions.
  • Dependable IT solutions – reliable and attack-resistant IT systems and services, sustainable development of critical IT infrastructure, energy-efficient IT systems and data processing methods. Trust and confidence of users and society in the IT services and guaranteeing privacy.
  • Valorisation of natural resources – innovative solutions for economical and sustainable use of Estonian land, natural resources and man-made resources.
  • Innovative businesses and future governance.
  • Health technologies.
  • Smart maritime sector and sustainable marine environment.

Alongside the selected R&D priority directions, the emergence of new potential R&D priority directions is welcome. A prerequisite for this is the required academic level and impact, competitiveness in sourcing RDI investments, societal effect and socio-economic impact.