Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia

European Encounters: Estonia's Economic Innovation and Baltic Regional Security

when 19 July 2021 - 30 July 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 1050

Program description

This two-week course consists of two one-week modules, which are both taught in Estonia by the University of Tartu. The first module “Estonian economic innovation: lessons learned and future scenarios” takes place in Tallinn and the second module “NATO, the EU and Baltic Regional Security” takes place in Tartu.

The topic of the “Estonian economic innovation: Lessons learned and future scenarios”

module concerns the positive economic and social developments which has made Estonia one of the most successful countries of Eastern Europe after the fall of the socialist regime. Students will gain an overview of the choices which Estonia had to make during the transition from controlled to free-market economy, on the role of various actors within this process and the impact of these choices upon the business climate and the society at large. The lectures will be: “Business and Innovation”; “Global Competitiveness”; “Data Science for Business Problems”; “Researching Financial Networks”; “Organizational aspects of digital transformation”; “Governmental capabilities in building digital leadership”, "Challenges Related to e-Elections", "Innovative Organizational Culture and What We Know About it in Estonian Companies" and "Business, Digital Society and Human Rights". There will also be visits to several business enterprises which shape today’s economic environment in Estonia.

The topic of the “NATO, the EU and Baltic Regional Security module”:
This module concentrates on the international position and foreign policies of the countries of the Baltic Sea region. It focuses on the post-communist period, but also provides an introduction to the recent history of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to give a better understanding about the foreign policy activities of the Baltic States today. The module studies the environment of Baltic regional security, considering the main external and internal factors. The module is based on three broader issues in the foreign policies of the Baltic States: Euro-Atlantic integration, regional co-operation and relations with Russia. During the week students will analyse issues such as EU and NATO enlargement, international cooperation within the Baltic Sea region, and Baltic-Russian relations.
Among the specific topics that will be discussed are: NATO’s transformation since the Cold War, European Union enlargement and NATO expansion in Eastern Europe, the EU’s Eastern Partnership and Neighbourhood Policy, the impact of the events in Ukraine, cyber defence, energy security, Baltic Sea regional cooperation, memory conflicts, espionage, information warfare, the situation of the Russian-speaking minorities, Transatlantic relations, the ‘reset’ in the relationship with Russia and its demise.

The organizing universities are closely monitoring the global situation related to Covid-19, including possible restrictions of travel, as well as safety rules. In the event when the program cannot be conducted in contact teaching, the online option will be offered with reduced fee. It is also possible to use hybrid learning teaching method (simultaneously contact and online teaching).

Course leader

Ms. Mari-Ann Susi, email: Mari-Ann.Susi@ut.ee

Target group

This programme is especially designed for students coming from countries outside Europe (but is open to all students). The course has a focus on political and economical sciences, with emphasis on European institutions and integration.

Course aim

The aim of this programme is to introduce non-European students to the continent of Europe, through exploration of multiple topics such as culture, economy and politics.

Fee info

EUR 1050: Programme fee: 1050 € includes tuition, cost of the study visits, cultural and social programme, services of the host university and accommodatiotion in 3-4 star hotels with breakfast included.

Students are responsible for their travel and travel insurance (visa arrangements, if needed) from their home country to Tallinn and from Tartu back to their home country.
EUR 600: Alternatively participants can arrange their own housing and in this case the tuition fee for the academic and cultural programme is 600 €.