The Tallinn University (TLU) of today has evolved through the merger of over ten previously independent academic institutions. The university was named Tallinn University on 18 March 2005 by the decision of the Riigikogu.

The most important activities following the establishment of the university have been the shaping of a uniform identity for Tallinn University, improving academic quality through deepening international cooperation and pooling of resources for more focused activities, thus positioning Tallinn University strongly on Estonia`s higher education landscape.

Interview with the three Rectors of TLU

The aims of the university for the upcoming years are outlined in the Tallinn University Development Plan 2020-2022. The strategic goal of the university for the years 2020 – 2022 is to pursue the objectives of the period of the previous development plan and to develop the five research-based focus fields of the university in accordance with its principles of activity.

Tallinn University Development Plan 2020-2022

Tallinn University has six schools and their constituent research and development centres, a college, 18 support units and the Academic Library.


The university is managed by the Council, the Senate and the Rector in accordance with the Tallinn University Act, the Tallinn University Statutes and other documents regulating the university's operations.


The effectiveness of the university`s actions and its excellent quality are guaranteed by internal quality assurance and external assessment. Tallinn University is one of the top 1001 - 1200 universities in the world and ranks high in areas of arts and humanities, sociology, education and social studies.

External Assessment

TLU in the world university rankings

The university acts on the basis of core values inherent to academic organisations and good practices, which are framed in the Tallinn University Development Plan, the Tallinn University Academic Charter and area-specific documents.