O n 16th December, the Senate of Tallinn University approved the new development plan for 2020-2022. The University's vision is to be the leader and designer of an intelligent lifestyle in Estonia. To apply the principles of sustainable development more, Tallinn University has decided to create a new position, the Vice-Rector for Sustainable Development.
On 15th January 2020, Helen Sooväli-Sepping, Professor of Environmental Management and Senior Research Fellow in Cultural Geography, will be taking up the position.
Helen Sooväli-Sepping is the Editor-in-Chief of the Estonian Human Development Report 2019/2020 “Public Space and Democracy” and leads research projects on sustainable development as well as Master's degree programmes in Urban Planning and Environmental Management.
As Vice-Rector for Sustainable Development, Helen Sooväli-Sepping plans to develop the University's sustainable development strategy along with an action plan, as the next European Union funding period for research is also largely focused on promoting sustainable development. Helen Sooväli-Sepping plans to enhance the integration of the sustainable development topics to teaching and in addition, networking with the Nordic universities has already begun in order to learn from their best practices. For her first assignment as the Vice-Rector for Sustainable Development, Helen-Sooväli Sepping plans to concentrate on the university's waste management.