University of Tartu Senate Supports Compromise, Allowing Law School to Remain Faculty in Name
The freshly appointed senate of the nation's oldest university said it will allow the law school to retain the word "faculty" (teaduskond) in its name, allowing for a more prestigious positioning for the institute after the university structure is reformed.
Under the reform, the various institutes and schools will be distributed among four larger structures - social sciences, humanities and arts, medicine, and science. That had the law school crying foul as it would become part of the social sciences faculty, unlike the medical school, which would retain first-tier status.
"We used the additional time gained through the council's veto decision and the senate agreed today on a compromise that was based on proposals from the academic units and will satisfy the interests of as many parties as possible," said Volli Kalm, rector of the University of Tartu.
The senate approved the decision with 17 votes in favor and two abstentions.