Tallinna Ülikool (Estonia)
Tallinn University is a public institution of higher education. Its main strengths lie in the fields of humanities and social sciences, but it also has a strong and constantly growing component of natural and exact sciences, as well as a notable tradition of teacher training and educational research.
Tallinn University is the third largest university in Estonia, consisting of 18 institutes and 4 colleges. It has more than 9000 students as well as more than 400 faculty members and research fellows, and is the fastest growing university in Estonia.
The university sees itself as providing an environment which encourages the intellectual and personal growth of all its members, faculty and students alike, and has proclaimed as its values academic quality (which involves combining research and teaching), solidarity and collegiality, procedural transparency and simplicity, openness (which involves significant internationalisation) and an outward focus on society instead of isolating itself in an ivory tower.
The University has committed itself to the strategic goal of becoming an international research university with a strong social conscience and a flexible and collegial environment for learning and personal growth, where considerable academic freedoms guaranteed to both the students and the faculties are balanced by strict quality requirements.
For more information visit the Tallinn University website.
Katrin Poom-Valickis is working as an Associated Professor at the Institute of Educational Sciences at the department of Teacher Education. She has almost 15 years of teaching experience in initial teacher education and in service learning of teachers. Her area of research is teacher’s professional development including mentoring and contextual factors in the school environment. She has been involved as a project leader and co-coordinator in several projects related to the development of Teacher Education in Estonia. She is one of the establishers of the Estonian Induction Year and a member of the Estonian Group of Experts for Induction Year as well as a member of the NQTNE.
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