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On September 18, 2009  in the framework of the Celebrations of the 20th Anniversary of the Magna Charta Universitatum, Tallinn University signed the Magna Charta Universitatum.

In November 2006, the General Assembly of UNICA voted unanimously for the membership of Tallinn University.
UNICA is a network of universities from the capital cities of Europe, with a combined strength of over 120,000 staff and 1,500,000 students. UNICA's role is to promote academic excellence, integration and co-operation between member universities throughout Europe. It seeks also to be a driving force in the development of the Bologna process and to facilitate the integration of universities from Central and Eastern Europe into the European higher education area. To achieve its aims UNICA articulates the views of member universities to European institutions and to national, regional and municipal governments. It provides members with information on European initiatives and programmes, and supports them in co-operative projects. It also provides a forum in which universities can reflect on the demands of strategic change in university research, education and administration. Prof. Rein Raud from Tallinn University was an elected member of UNICA Steering Committee for 3 terms (2007-2013), his responsibilities being internationalization and mobility.

Since 2004 Tallinn University is a member of the European University Association. The European University Association, as the representative organisation of both the European universities and the national rectors' conferences, is the main voice of the higher education community in Europe. EUA's mission is to promote the development of a coherent system of European higher education and research. EUA aims to achieve this through active support and guidance to its members as autonomous institutions in enhancing the quality of their teaching, learning and research as well as their contributions to society.

Tallinn University also a member of EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE), since its establishment in 2008. The mission of EUA-CDE, an integral part of EUA, is to contribute to the development, advancement and improvement of doctoral education and research training in Europe. It creates a strong voice for European universities on doctoral education both inside Europe and internationally and contributes to enhancing the visibility of doctoral/graduate/research schools and programmes. EUA-CDE fulfils its mission through the organisation of conferences, training seminars and other events on topics of interest to its members, the commissioning of research and analyses, advocacy, the provision of information and the dissemination of good practice. It also provides policy advice to the Board and Council of EUA on new trends and developments in relation to doctoral programmes and research training in Europe.

Tallinn University serves as one of the Estonian mobility centres for foreign researchers within the network of European mobile researchers (ERA-MORE) since 2004. A network of more than 200 centres in 32 countries is set up to assist mobile reserachers and their family-members in all matters relating to their professional and daily life, including information on legal issues, social security, health and taxes, everyday life as well as family support.

In  June 2008, a  new brand called EURAXESS, overarching four initiatives for researchers to promote their mobility and career development was launched to replace the ERA-MORE network and portal. The objective of the Portal is to provide a single access point to information and support services which assist researchers and their families in moving to and pursuing careers in another Member State. Information for researchers/academics intending to work and live in Estonia is provided through the Estonian EURAXESS Portal.
EURAXESS hosts following initiatives:

  1. EURAXESS Jobs (former European Researcher's Mobility Portal) is a recruitment tool with constantly updated job vacancies for researchers throughout Europe; -EURAXESS Services (former ERA-MORE Network) assist researchers and their family to organise their stay in a foreign country;
  2. EURAXESS Rights (European Charter & Code) set out the rights and duties of researchers and their employers;
  3. EURAXESS Links (former ERA-Link) is a networking tool for European researchers working outside Europe.

The Baltic University Programme (BUP) is a network of universities and other institutes of higher learning throughout the Baltic Sea region.  The network is coordinated by the Baltic University Program Secretariat at Uppsala University, Sweden. The Programme focuses on questions of sustainable development, environmental protection, and democracy in the Baltic Sea region. The aim is to support the key role that universities play in a democratic, peaceful and sustainable development. This is achieved by developing university courses, and by participation in projects in cooperation with authorities, municipalities and others. Tallinn University joined the network  in 1993. Since then around 300 students have participated and graduated from the diploma courses developed by the BUP.

Tallinn University international cooperation network is mapped here:

Further information:
Kätlin Keinast
International Cooperation Senior Specialist
Management Support Office
E-mail: katlinke....at....tlu.ee