University Rector Calls for Global, Not Local, Competitiveness
University of Tartu ( Photo: Postimees/Scanpix )
The government should focus on giving researchers international experience, rather than wasting funds on increasing competition between Estonian universities, said Martin Hallik, vice rector at the University of Tartu.
In the hard sciences, universities must compete on an international level, said Hallik, but internationally recognized researchers and instructors are scarce in Estonia.
Instead of boosting the country's competitiveness on a whole, policymakers have focused on local competition, causing needless overlap, said Hallik.
For instance, the University of Law clear has the country's best law program, but others are nevertheless trying to catch up. "Only a very rich country can afford to allocate funds to create and maintain such duplication," he told Postimees.