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In Estonia, only institutions of higher education, including Tallinn University, which have passed the evaluation of quality of studies are allowed to provide higher education.

Institutions of higher education with the right to conduct studies receive feedback via the following evaluations:

  • Institutional accreditation

Educational institutions must undergo institutional accreditation at least once every seven years. Institutional accreditation is external evaluation which assesses the conformity of a university’s management, work procedures, study and research activities and study and research environment to legislation and the goals and development plan of the university.

  • Quality assessment of a study programme group

Quality assessment of a study programme group takes place at least once every 7 years. Quality assessment of a study programme group involves the assessment of the conformity of study programmes and the studies and development activities that take place on their basis to legislation, national and international standards and developmental directions with the purpose of providing recommendations to improve the quality of studies.

NB! Starting from 2019 September Estonian higher education QA will undergo a major change, when the former system of parallel institutional accreditation and study programme group assessment will be replaced with a new – integrated model. More information can be found here.

The evaluation of quality of studies is carried out by the Estonian Higher Education Quality Agency (EKKA), which is Estonia’s leading competence centre in the external evaluation of higher education. The EKKA is a full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA). The external evaluation of Estonian higher education meets the European quality requirements set out in the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the EHEA (ESG).

Summarizing the above, the following can be concluded:

  • Tallinn University diploma is internationally recognized.
  • Tallinn University is internationally accredited.
  • All study programmes at Tallinn University regularly undergo quality assessments.
  • Tallinn University has passed a positive evaluation of science.

Where can I  find more information?

  • Reports and decisions of institutional accreditation are public and available on the EKKA database.
  • Estonian Research Council evaluations of research and development are available here.