Meelis Kitsing has been elected as the new rector of the Estonian Business School (EBS), Estonia's oldest privately-owned university.
Following the proposition by the Election Committee, the Senate of EBS named Kitsing the new rector on Monday. Kitsing is a professor and head of the Department of Economics and Finance at the university. He will start his new role on August 1.
Mart Habakuk, EBS Chancellor and head of the Election Committee for the current rectoral election, says the Election Committee wanted to find a leader who would continue and promote the development of EBS as a student-centred business university which can promptly adapt to changes in it environment.
"Meelis Kitsing's vision, experience and personal qualities met this selection criterion best," Habakuk explained.
Kitsing's goal is to develop EBS as a major platform for the cooperation of education and entrepreneurship.
He said: "As a management university, EBS plays an important role in the ecosystem of economic education and business. This cooperation needs to be constantly deepened and broadened by means of involving various companies, non-profit organizations, public sector and research organizations. This is to be done both in Tallinn and Helsinki, where EBS currently operates, and also on the international level."
Kitsing will replace Professor Arno Almann who was elected rector in 2012.
EBS is Estonia's oldest privately-owned university, which has a total of 1400 students in Bachelor, Master's and Doctoral programs, who can go to one of 60 partner universities around the globe to broaden their knowledge.
Editor: Helen Wright