Tongji University (Shanghai) and University of Tartu Summer School in Economics

3 months 1 week ago

Tongji University (Shanghai) and University of Tartu Summer School in Economics

On the 7th and 8th of August, a delegation from Tongji University (Shanghai, PRC) visited University of Tartu School of Economics and Business Administration. This was the second doctoral seminar since Tongji is an official partner university. The previous event took place 27-28th of March 2017, in Tongji.

Professors Feng Xiao and Zhu Yanyuan visited Tartu together with 24 students from different programs. They were met by professor Urmas Varblane, professor emeritus Peter Friedrich, freshly arrived professor Peter Hwang, Asian co-operation specialist Reelika Alunurm and Mart Veliste and Elo Süld from the UT Asian Centre.

On Monday, the 7th of August, the guests were shown around Tartu. In the afternoon the group visited the Southern Estonian business and community centre SPARK, where the demo centre and Makerlab area was demonstrated. The day ended with a trip to Tehvandi skii jumping tower and Pühajärve lake, followed by a visit to Kääriku sports centre. The fresh nature offered a lot of joy to students studying in Shanghai.

On Tuesday, students from both Tongji and UT gave presentations about their research projects. Each side had three presenters. Among others, topics such as the Chinese stock market, the effect of the Chinese population age structure on the economy, effectiveness of European municipal units, and innovation patterns of business were discussed.

After academic discussions, the group headed to enjoy the summer in Tartu and had a boat trip on Emajõgi river. The day was finished by a dinner to discuss further plans for mutual co-operation. The two universities will definitely co-operate more and more in the future.

The event was organized by the Doctoral School in Economics and Innovation, University of Tartu ASTRA project PER ASPERA.

Additional information: Reelika Alunurm, reelika.alunurm [ät]

Viivika Eljand-Kärp University of Tartu Press Officer Tel: +(372) 737 5683
Mob: +(372) 5354 0689 E-mail: viivika.eljand-karp [ät]



Category: International
Viivika Eljand-Kärp (viivikae)

Tartu Observatory’s researcher developing future space exploration missions at NASA

3 months 2 weeks ago

Tartu Observatory researcher and former ESTCube Program leader Andris Slavinskis is participating in NASA’s Exchange Visitor Program for one-year period at NASA Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley. Slavinskis is working in the Mission Design Division at Ames to study advanced concepts for future NASA missions that could use small satellites for interplanetary exploration.

NASA is interested in developing swarm and deep space small spacecraft missions and will benefit from the mission concept studies. One of the concepts is to tour hundreds of asteroids with tens of nanospacecraft which are equipped with long single-tether electric solar wind sails (E-sails). The work at Ames is to elaborate the concept’s science case by analyzing and setting scientific objectives, instrument requirements and expected outcomes of the mission.

“For example, how such a mission could help to understand the early evolution of the solar system, as well as which asteroids contain water and how to mitigate potentially hazardous asteroids,” says Slavinskis.

“In its simplest form, the concept is that nanospacecraft will perform flybys, spending only a few of minutes in an asteroid’s proximity. Follow-up mission concepts include detailed studies of selected asteroids with advanced instruments, such as hyperspectral, x-ray, gamma, neutron, radar and thermal infrared, performing of rendezvous, taking in situ measurements and even sample return,” explains Slavinskis. In addition to the groundbreaking scientific potential, prospecting of asteroids is crucial for planetary defense against asteroid impacts and the key for the emerging field of asteroid mining.

This visit opens the door for potential cooperation between Estonia and NASA in the future. The study at NASA is funded by Tartu Observatory’s project KOMEET (Benefits for Estonian Society from Space Research and Application). For Slavinskis, it is an excellent opportunity to work with leading mission designers and to establish personal contacts with the US planetary science community who can provide measurement requirements as potential data users.


Additional information:
Andris Slavinskis, PhD
andris.slavinskis [ät]
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  Viivika Eljand-Kärp University of Tartu Press Officer Tel: +(372) 737 5683
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Category: UniversityPress release
Iris Herman (iris93)

The new Director of Administration is Meelis Luht

3 months 2 weeks ago

Meelis Luht, former management board member of Eesti Meedia Group, will start work as the Director of Administration of the University of Tartu on 21 August.

Rector Volli Kalm said the new director of administration has been in charge of several different areas of activity in his career and is a top leader with international work experience. We can see his capability as well as his desire and ambition to actively contribute to the implementation of the university’s development goals.

Meelis Luht was born on 20 June 1970 in Viljandi. He completed secondary education in Ülenurme Gymnasium, studied physics at the University of Tartu and graduated from the University of Tartu in Marketing and Commerce in 1995. Luht has worked as an economics journalist in Postimees, and was a management board member of the Bigbank Group from 1995–1997. Since 1997 he worked for the Eesti Meedia Group, and was a board member and the chief financial officer of the media group since 2000. In addition, he has belonged to the supervisory boards of several media organisations in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Additional information: Volli Kalm, University of Tartu Rector, rektor [ät], 737 5600

Kadri Kunnus UT Senior Specialist for PR Tel: +(372) 737 5509
Mob: +(372) 50 70 963 E-mail: kadri.kunnus [ät]



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Kadri Kunnus (kadrikir)