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The program’s courses are taught by experts in their respective fields, both from SOGOLAS and outside. 2015/16 survey among visiting Erasmus students listed four lectures are the best for international students. Three of them teach in the Liberal Arts program in Tallinn University

Catlyn Kirna is the curator of the program and lecturer of international relations. Catlyn Kirna is from Estonia and taught both at Tallinn Univeristy and Tartu University. She teaches introductions to international relations and European Union but also courses related to her own interests such as foreign policy, regionalism and interdisciplinary issues. Her interdisciplinary interests are to do with interdisciplinary teaching and bringing disciplines together. She is both finishing her PhD and working on her third master’s degree (in education technology). Catlyn’s previous degrees are international relations from University of Tartu and a translation degree from Tallinn University.

Check out the one minute lecture "Why Are Small States Awesome?" by Catlyn Kirna. 

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Zsolt Bugarszki is a lecturer of social policy. Zsolt Bugarszki is from Hungary and before Tallinn University has taught at ELTE University in Budapest, as well as worked extensively in the field. One of his focus is on the increasingly important topic of social entrepreneurship and conducts projects related to it. He teaches also other aspects of social policy as well as economics and European Union social affairs. Zsolt is interested in how social communities function and how social problems affect society in general.

Read Zsolt Bugarszki's article about his "Expectation to Turn the University Into a Creative Hub".


Matthew Crandall is an associate professor of international relations and the curator for the international relations’ MA program. Matthew Crandall is from United States and has studies in different universities both in USA and Estonia.  He teaches introductions to international affairs, organisations and security but also more complex courses based on his main interests that include small states, their security and security theories and issues in general.