Raik: Timeframe for security academy’s Narva college ‘extremely optimistic’

Rector of the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences, Katri Raik.
Rector of the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences, Katri Raik. Source: (Andres Tennus/University of Tartu)

The rector of the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences, Katri Raik, doubts that the academy’s new college in Narva can be completed in 2019. Raik told daily Postimees that she considered the timeframe set by the government to be “extremely optimistic”.

Raik said that what needed to be done first was for the state to get the land where to build the new facilities, and then a detailed project and plans were needed that again would have to include a building for the academy as well as accommodation for cadets and instructors.

She added that the academy’s college in Narva would be different from the University of Tartu’s facilities in the city. “There won’t be a complete curriculum, but several parts of different curricula—mainly the practical aspects, but also a bit of customs and border guard instruction,” Raik said.

The government decided on Thursday that while the academy’s main campus would remain in Tallinn, a college would be built in Narva in Ida-Viru County where practical instruction would dominate. The step means that all of the academy’s current facilities remain in place.

According to a government press release, the college in Narva will be completed in 2019 and offer training facilities for up to 400 cadets as well as accommodation for 160.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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