Universities invite students to study IT

Estonian universities announced that they are ready to ennrol more students for studying information technology.

A representative of the Tallinn Technical University said that the university will this year have 1,770 state-funded slots plus 715 slots for master’s studies.

The state is keen to see more young people to study information technology because employers are complaining about lack of workforce in this sector.

Tartu University is also promoting IT as one of the key specialisations.

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See also study opportunities in English language at the Estonian School of Hotel and Tourism Management

H&M to open its first three stores in Estonia

The developer and manager of retail properties Citycon and the Swedish clothing retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) signed an agreement on Wednesday whereby two new H&M stores will be opened in Tallinn in the fall of 2013. Citycon is the owner of the Rocca al Mare, Kristiine and Magistrali shopping centres in Tallinn.

In addition, Catella Corporate Finance OÜ, a holding of the Swedish real estate group CA Fastigheter AB, will open a Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) store and a Rimi supermarket in the former post office in downtown Tallinn in fall 2013.

H&M and Rimi are the first tenants of the new shopping centre to be set up in Tallinn’s former central post office, head of the company’s Estonian branch Andreas Claesson said. “As Swedish investors, we are especially pleased to play a part in H&M’s entry into Estonia,” he said.

The company is at present looking for tenants for the rest of the building.

Source: Estonian Review

Estonia’s best m-service

The Information System Authority (RIA) on Wednesday named a mobile application of Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR) the country’s best m-service. The application, which allows users to watch and listen live to all TV and radio programmes and access the broadcaster’s archive, was developed in co-operation by ERR, Finestmedia, and Helmes, RIA said. In addition to live broadcasts and archived materials, the application offers daily news in Estonian, Russian and English and programming schedules.

Jury member Katri Ristal said the ERR application won the competition because it is user-friendly and enables users to keep abreast of daily news and use the Estonian audiovisual archive regardless of their location.

The winner in the commerce and business category was Qminder, a mobile application for remote queuing that makes the service process substantially more comfortable. In the category of health and environment MOBO, an orienteering application developed by Tak R&D, was declared the winner.

By way of exception, several applications were named as the best in the category of culture and education. The jury’s pick was applications by Walk & Learn that provide study material on nature.

In all 44 domestic m-services participated in the five categories of the competition initiated by RIA. The eight-member jury consisting of experts from various fields of life evaluated the entries by their functionality, user-friendliness, aesthetic quality, safety, and marketing and social potential.

Source: Estonian Review

Estonian schoolchildren speak good English

On the basis of a language proficiency study initiated by the European Commission, Estonian schoolchildren’s command of English was the fourth best among the 14 countries that took part in the study; command of the other tested language, German, was poorer among Estonian young people, and they remained seventh in the study.

The study confirmed that Estonian schoolchildren’s command of their first foreign language was at a good level, Tõnu Teder, adviser at the language department of the Ministry of Education and Research, told reporters. “But it is necessary to think how to improve the study of a second foreign language, because there is still a lot of room for development there,” Tender added.

In addition to the command of a language, the study also examined some aspects of language learning. It was confirmed, for example, that learning a foreign language as early as possible would ensure better command of the language. Students who feel the need to learn a language achieve better results than students whose attitude to learning a language is reluctant.  A somewhat surprising conclusion from the study was that independent use of a computer for language learning exercised a negative influence on the command of a language.

Source: Estonian Review