issue 4, year 2

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The 6th consortium meeting in Tartu, Estonia

After 30 months of activity, one of the final meetings of the Consortium will be held in Tartu, that holds the title of the intellectual capital of Estonia. The Senate Hall of the historical main building of the University of Tartu will host the teams across the project over the course of two mid-February days. Consortium members are warned to be ready to experience the Estonian winter: it may not be dramatically cold, and there may be many things to love about Estonian winter.

The University of Tartu was founded in 1632 by the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus, and was initially called Academia Dorpatensis. In German, Swedish and Polish, the city has been known as Dorpat, a variant of Latin Tarbatum. The main university building, considered as the finest example of the classicist style in Estonia, was constructed in 1804–1809.

The University of Tartu was modelled after the University of Uppsala in Sweden and intended to pursue research and advance learning in a wide variety of disciplines. The academy functioned with philosophy, law, theology and medical faculties and has continued to adhere to this approach throughout the centuries, now focusing on subjects as diverse as medicine and philosophy, genetics and social studies.

Today, the University has four faculties: Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Medicine, and Science and Technology. There are about 56 BA, 71 MA and 32 PhD study programmes available on 2017/2018, including more than 20 programmes in English. The University has nearly 13,000 students, including over 1000 international students from 70 countries, and more than 1700 academic staff and scholars.

The Institute of Social Studies, as a partner in the CATCH-EyoU project, is both traditional and new. Various disciplinary developments and structural reforms created an opportunity for joining forces and widening collaboration between different units. Therefore, in January 2014 the Institute of Journalism, Communication and Information Studies and the Institute of Sociology and Social Policy joined into one unit, connecting similar fields of studies and fostering better cooperation and synergy.

The University of Tartu belongs to the top 2% of world’s best universities by ranking 347th in the QS World University Rankings 2016/17 and within the 301–350 range in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2017-2018.

CATCH-EyoU has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement n. 649538