The knowledge of Estonian history, preservation and development of the Estonian language and national culture require more extensive competences than before. At the same time we need to be able to embrace the new and value the old in the process of interacting and mediating with different cultures.

Tallinn University develops an Estonian society that values languages, cultures and creativity. We create opportunities for the development of the Estonian cultural sphere in the wider social context and for the participation of every member of the society within our culture.

TLU Centre of Excellence in Intercultural Studies

In the cultural competences focus field operates TLU Centre of Excellence in Intercultural Studies, which includes some of the most established and active researchers in their field.

It initiates and implements high-level interdisciplinary research projects, which focus on meaning making practices, intercultural communication, cultural transfer and contacts, and transnational networks.

R&D centres in the focus field:

The Institute of History, Archaeology and Art History carries out two large-scale research projects, financed by the Estonian Ministry of Research and Education: “The Making of Livonia: Actors, Institutions and Networks in the Medieval and Early Modern Baltic Sea Region“ (project leader Anu Mänd) and “A Transnational Setting for Estonian History: Transcultural Entanglements, International Organisations and Transborder Migrations, 16th–21st Centuries“ (project leader Karsten Brüggemann). The staff also participates in several other research projects.

Centre for Landscape and Culture aims at progressing landscape theory, problem-solving approaches and contributions to landscape and management and planning. The goal is to facilitate both the application of landscape research to practice, and the feedback from practice into research. We try to contribute to the following fields of research.