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The Estonian Supreme Court ruled that the Ministry of Education and Research has to pay the City of Tallinn two million euros to compensate for costs deriving from the implementation of the Private Schools Act.
A 10,000-signature-petition was handed to Parliament speaker Eiki Nestor on Monday to try and stop amendments to the Private Schools Act.
The University of Tartu (UT) celebrates its 96th anniversary today, December 1, with the traditional ceremony, torch-light procession and a ball.
Estonia has earned the right to organize the next European Union Science Olympiad (EUSO), a team-based competition in natural sciences.
According to the National Audit Office, although the number of children in Estonia is decreasing, there is a shortfall of more than 2,300 nursery school places in 45 local governments in Estonia as of early 2015, half of which are located in Harju and Tartu counties.
SA Archimedes, Work in Estonia and Ülemiste City are organizing a recruiting event for foreign students studying in Estonia. The fair will take place at restaurant Dvigatel, located in Ülemiste City, on November 11.
EF Education First released today the 5th annual edition of EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI), the world's largest ranking of countries by English skills. Estonia occupies a respectable seventh place out of 70 countries and is classified as having a very high proficiency level.
Of all new information and communication technology (ICT) students since 2015, 60 percent have dropped out of universities, and of those who have left for jobs, most are not working for ICT companies.
The new and expanded edition of the QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia was released on Wednesday, highlighting the top 150 universities in the region, including four from Estonia.
Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) opened Korean institute in Tallinn to promote Korean language, culture and business contacts in the Nordic region.
October 5 is the World Teacher's Day. According to Eurostat's data released on the occasion, Estonia has the smallest share of male teachers in the EU.
The University of Tartu (UT) and Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) are among the 600 best high-level educational institutions in the world, according to latest ranking.
StudyPortals, which introduces study programs all over the world, conducted a feedback survey among international students that evaluated the level of universities all over the world from the perspective of international students. Excellent reviews earned the University of Tartu the StudyPortals International Student Satisfaction Award.
The annaul Researchers' Night Festival, which bills itself as the biggest and oldest science event in the Baltic States, celebrates its 10th birthday this year. The jubilee program features over 400 science events.
The legality of the "compulsory donations" system, said to be in place in several of the country's top general education schools, has been called into question on several occasions as irritated parents regularly raise the alarm. The National Audit Office has now ruled that regular collection of money from parents is incompatible with the principle of tuition-free education and should not be allowed to continue.
Over the years, Dutch and Estonian students have shown similar results in PISA tests. Dutch Undersecretary for the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science Sander Dekker visited Estonia this week to see what his country could learn from the Estonian school system.
Starting this September, the Integration and Migration Foundation will be offering free Estonian language courses at the elementary and intermediate levels to residents of Estonia whose integration has been limited. Almost 6,000 people applied for places on the A2, B1 and B2 courses, registration for which opened in June.
Nearly 140,000 Estonian children, taught by over 14,000 teachers in 533 schools, start another school year today. But it's not only children, who welcome the arrival of September with excitement. Ever since 2009, the share of adult learners in the society has passed the 10 percent threshold.
Although universities in Tartu and Tallinn have all been refurbishing their residence halls, many new students still struggle to secure a room.
A renowned jazz pianist Iñaki Sandoval Campillo has been named as the new rector of the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy.
Head of a Russian-language school in Kiviõli, Aarne Piirimägi, said it is still difficult to find teachers who speak Estonian for Russian-language schools and a third of young Russian-speakers leave school without sufficient Estonian language skills.
Today, 100 years ago, Estonia's oldest and largest university, the University of Tartu, accepted women as full-time students for the first time.
A draft law being drawn up by the Ministry of Education will give, if passed, teachers the right to search childrens' school bags and apprehend those misbehaving, among other rights.
Education Minister Jürgen Ligi approved a project to create 4,700 apprentice jobs in three years. The aim is to give students more work experience and bring them closer to the job market.
Four Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) employees, who took the decision that appointed Jaak Aaviksoo as the institution's rector to court, have dropped the case.
Jaak Aaviksoo, named as the new rector of Tallinn University of Technology on Thursday, after a 2-month scandal-filled election process, said it is time to look towards the future, rather than stop and contemplate what went wrong in the elections.
Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) Board of Governors have named Jaak Aaviksoo as the rector, after months of bitter accusations and recounts.
From August, an education ministry funded project, run by the Integration and Migration Foundation Our People (MISA), will begin to teach Estonian on B2 and C1 levels to 195 education workers in the predominantly Russian-speaking Ida-Viru County.
SDE head Jevgeni Ossinovski told Estonian daily Eesti Päevaleht that to restore the normal working atmosphere at one of the leading academic institutions in Estonia, the Tallinn University of Technology (TUT), it is necessary to organize a new rector contest.
According to the 2017 state budget as agreed upon by the Estonian government on Tuesday and introduced to the Riigikogu for approval on Wednesday afternoon, next year's culture budget will include an increase of the foreign capital-based film and TV series production aid scheme of pilot project Film Estonia to one million euros.
Polish and Estonian authorities have begun the criminal investigation of a suspected large-scale fraud and money laundering case believed to have caused damage in the amount of more than €5m.
None of the four brand new ferries commissioned for subsidized line service to Saaremaa and Hiiumaa will be delivered in time to be operational before the end of October. None of the vessels built by shipyards in Turkey and Poland have been delivered so far.
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves sent a letter to his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday expressing his condolences following the death of Israel’s former president Shimon Peres.
Speaking at Estonian business daily Äripäev's Äriplaan 2017 (Business Plan 2017) conference on Wednesday, Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kristen Michal described the prospect of building an undersea tunnel connecting the capital cities of Tallinn and Helsinki as a very promising project.
The Center Party’s parliamentary group confirmed on Wednesday that Kersti Kaljulaid had 20 of their 27 votes. With the government coalition as well as the Free Party also supporting her, there now seems to be a sufficient number of votes to get the next president elected next Monday.
From Saturday’s election fiasco to Tuesday’s sudden emergence of a likely cross-party candidate: ERR News editor Dario Cavegn makes an attempt at explaining Estonia’s seemingly chaotic quest to find its next president.
The joint project of Estonian television channel ETV+ and Latvian channel LTV7, a live program connecting the Russian-language state channels of the two neighboring countries will be broadcast live in both Estonia and Latvia on Wednesday night.
The European Union’s member states were not planning to set up a European army, Defence Minister Hannes Hanso (SDE) said on Wednesday. Hanso took part in a meeting of EU defense ministers in Bratislava on Tuesday.
Three years ago Apple announced a plan to build a server park in the Estonian town of Paldiski. The project, said to cost up to a billion euros, was never realized because of the local energy prices being too high, mainly due to excise duties and renewable energy taxes.
The supervisory board of the North Estonia Medical Center (PERH) has appointed Agris Peedu, deputy secretary general of the Ministry of Finance for administrative policy, as the new CEO of the biggest hospital in Northern Estonia.
The Estonian press commented on the Riigikogu’s Council of Elders’ decision on Wednesday morning to propose Kersti Kaljulaid as a cross-party presidential candidate. The work of the council had to be acknowledged, most wrote, but such a candidate could have been found among the five that ran in the Riigikogu and in the electoral college.
Capt. Ivo Jurak has been in custody for a month already as the Estonian Internal Security Service (KaPo) suspects him of having exposed a state secret.
Following two days of deliberations, the Riigikogu's Council of Elders convened once more at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, after which President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor announced that the council had chosen European Court of Auditors member and Foresight Advisory Council Chairman Kersti Kaljulaid as their candidate for the upcoming round of presidential elections to be held on Monday, Oct. 3.
The Riigikogu’s Council of Elders met on Tuesday to discuss potential presidential candidates for the upcoming third attempt to elect a head of state set for Monday, Oct 3. Two names that passed around on Tuesday afternoon were that of former ambassador and minister Jüri Luik, and Kersti Kaljulaid, a member of the European Court of Auditors.
The Riigikogu rejected a bill on Tuesday that demanded a referendum to decide whether or not Estonia should take part in the European migrant distribution plan. The bill had been sponsored by the Estonian Conservative People’s Party (EKRE).
The government on Tuesday approved the state budget bill for 2017. Spending will increase by 7.3% to a total of €9.57bn. This means a nominal deficit of the government sector of 0.5% of Estonia’s gross domestic product.
At an unofficial meeting in Bratislava on Tuesday, the European Union’s defense ministers will discuss proposals to strengthen defense cooperation between EU member states. So far, Estonia has been careful regarding the proposal to set up an EU military headquarters.
Estonian Chamber Choir Sireen recently launched its debut album "Terra Incognita" with a special concert at the House of the Blackheads in Tallinn's medieval Old Town. The album, the recording and release of which was financed via Estonian crowdsourcing platform Hooandja, includes songs performed by the women's chamber choir in English, Estonian, Russian as well as Hebrew. Ave Palm of Estonian cultural blog culture.ee provided an overview of Sireen's recent release.
The government is handing a bill to parliament that wants to introduce a base funding system to make the financing of the universities more stable.
Deputy chairman of the Center Party Jaanus Karilaid said on Monday that Edgar Savisaar and Jüri Ratas might come to an agreement that would make the latter chairman of the party, while Savisaar would stay on as its honorary chairman.
Support for the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) and the Free Party reached all-year lows in September, the results of a poll commissioned by ERR's online news portal and conducted by Turu-uuringute AS revealed.
According to the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) Parliamentary Group Chairman Martin Helme, some potential presidential candidates currently under consideration are supportive of EKRE's agenda.
“Politically, Edgar is nobody anymore. He has been suspended from his job for a year, but nothing has happened in Tallinn, rather we’ve seen fewer funny press conferences, and its image has improved,” Reps told Päevaleht in an interview published on Tuesday.
Marina Kaljurand's campaign manager Andreas Kaju confirmed on Monday that Kaljurand, who has taken some time off at her summer house in order to mull things over, will not be nominating herself for president again preceding next week's presidential elections in the Riigikogu.
Russia's former Minister for Nationalities Valery Tishkov, who was first prohibited from entering Estonia two years ago, has contested the Tallinn Circuit Court decision deeming his entry ban lawful in the Supreme Court of Estonia.
The Legal Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu has decided to form a work group to draft an amendment meant to toughen the punishment for consuming alcohol following a car crash.
Center Party Chairman Edgar Savisaar and his supporters refuse to acknowledge the Board of Directors' decision to recall Oudekki Loone from her position as party secretary general and call together an extraordinary congress in November.
The Riigikogu's Council of Elders, which convened on Monday afternoon, agreed that the six current parliamentary parties would try to find a suitable presidential candidate together. The council is slated to meet again on Tuesday, and by Wednesday at the latest they hope to have agreed upon a single joint candidate for president of Estonia.
Russian shipping company St. Peter Line, which operates a Tallinn-St. Petersburg route with a fleet of two ships, the Princess Anastasia and the Princess Maria, is to sell the ships to Italian cruise ship operator Moby Lines, reported lemarin.fr.