Rector's election

For the candidate

In order to submit candidacy for the election of Tallinn University's rector, a person must be named or must have been named as professor.

According to the statutes of Tallinn University, the rector's candidates can be nominated by:

  • the councils of institutes, colleges and units of Tallinn University,
  • at least three members of the university council jointly,
  • at least nine members of the university senate jointly and
  • the current rector

The digitally signed proposal for the nomination of the candidate together with the justification of the candidate's suitability and important biographical data must be sent to the e-mail address For additional information, contact the academic secretary by phone 5345 2111 or

The schedule

Deadline to nominate candidates 2 November 2020
Disclosure of candidates' names 9 November 2020
Introduction of rector candidates,
appearances in academic units, public debate
10 November 2020 – 
22 January 2021
Approval of the Rector's Electoral Board 25 January 2021
Election of the Rector 1 February 2021
Inauguration of the Rector 17 May 2021

The schedule is constantly being updated!

The election of the Rector is organised by the Election Committee, which includes:

Mati Heidmets, Professor of Social Psychology, Head of the Committee
Suliko Liiv, Professor of English
Edith Sepp, member of the University's Council
Jaanus Terasmaa, Associate Professor of Ecohydrology
Helevi Jurjev, member of the Student Union's Board

Mati Heidmets, head of the election committee
Tel. +372 619 9789
Sulev Oll, head of communications
Tel. +372 640 9142