|TEMPUS Structural Joint European Project JEP06145:
"IT & CS Education Development Center for Estonian Universities"
This all-European project supported by Tempus was applied to develop IT &CS higher education in Estonia.
The project has been initiated by Merik Meriste (TU), Jaan Penjam (IOC and TTU) and Jüri Vain (IOC).
Participating Universities and Institutions
From ESTONIA the following institutions participate in the project:
Contact person: Jüri Vain, at present head of the CIDEC.
Contact person: Merik Meriste from the Computer Science Department
Contact person: Prof. Jaan Penjam, head of Software Department.
Contact person: Prof. Brian Mayoh from the Computer Science Department
Contact person: Prof. Reinhard Wilhelm from the Computer Science Department
Contact person: Prof. Peter Sander from ESSI
Contact person: Prof. Jozef Hooman from Computing Science Department.
Goals of the Project
The main goal of the project activities considered is to integrate the teaching system of Estonian universities into the framework accepted in EC countries. For this goal it is foreseen to establish a coordinating Center of teaching and research in computer science and information technology (CS & IT). This should join people of different organisations interested in the subject, academic research and teaching staff.
Main tasks of the Center cover:
Separately, the contact persons of the Estonian partners have held preliminary talks with Estonian small (but growing) and medium size firms and software houses to integrate them into the higher education development process. The situation in Estonia has been rather undefined, the attitude of new small firms towards supporting and investing in Estonian higher education has been to some extent negative. Recent negotiations show that together with the economical success the firms come to understand the importance of co-operation with universities and scientific institutions, and they are more willing to invest in education. There have been held rather concrete talks with two small enterprises on how both firms and universities can benefit from the co-operation. Estonian firms whose main contacts are with Finnish and Swedish enterprises would like to see the Center similar to the Swedish Institute of Computer Science (SICS) in Sweden.
At the moment all these possible developments are rather weakly constituted and in their preliminary stage. The actual further development of the Center depends on economical situation in Estonia in the following years as well as on our success in fulfilling the JEP during its first years. The Project team sees it as one of its most important tasks.