Overview of EuroAcademy
EuroAcademy is a private institution of professional higher education founded in 1997 by NGO Eesti Euroinfo Ühing. Until 2011, the school held the status of a university, bearing the name Euroülikool (EuroUniversity) until 2010. The main activities of EuroAcademy include the provision of higher education, research and service to society, including continuing education, exhibitions and conferences aimed at the community, etc.
EuroAcademy provides both professional higher education and Master’s studies. Instruction is conducted in the following five faculties: the Faculty of International Relations, the Faculty of Translation, the Faculty of Business Management, the Faculty of Environmental Protection and the Faculty of Design. EuroAcademy is the only Estonian private higher educational institution providing education in various areas. Another peculiarity includes the fact that all specialities are mutually connected. Instruction in all curricula is available in three languages: Estonian, Russian or English (except the curriculum of Translator). The number of specialities offered in Russian is the largest in Estonia.
The Vision of EuroAcademy
Academic competence and international dimension
EuroAcademy is a well-known private university recognised both in Estonia and abroad providing students with high-quality, practical and interdisciplinary higher education on three academic levels. EuroAcademy develops international cooperation with foreign partner universities in the sphere of higher education and research. Our lecturers are welcomed guests at foreign universities and, similarly, EuroAcademy is an attractive destination for visiting lecturers.
Networking and cooperation
The students and lecturers of EuroAcademy conduct studies and research on international level, speak at international conferences and publish the results of their studies in internationally renowned journals. Similarly, EuroAcademy is a member of international research networks with the students and lecturers participating in various cooperation projects of their field.
Academic integration and innovation
On the basis of both academic and applied research, EuroAcademy has built competence centres in the faculties of Environmental Protection, Translation and International Relations and it is in the given fields that EuroAcademy has become a renowned leader of innovation. In combination with the integrated minor specialities, the curricula form a comprehensive and coherent knowledge base. EuroAcademy has firmly retained its place among the top twenty European small universities (EBA the Best Universities Ranking 2014 – Best Regional Universities, Europe; Western, Eastern and Central).
The Mission of EuroAcademy
The mission of EuroAcademy is to provide top-quality higher education and develop contemporary knowledge in order to provide our students with competitive education and preparation for working either in Estonia or elsewhere.
The mission of EuroAcademy is to provide a wide selection of opportunities for finding an appropriate speciality and acquiring a comprehensive education and preparation for the future. Thus, an important role in professional higher education is played by the apprenticeship period preparing the students for the labour market requirements. We value highly the feedback provided by both employers and apprenticeship supervisors and employ the information in the development of the curricula. Similarly, we provide training courses supporting the concept of lifelong learning.
The mission of EuroAcademy is to contribute to the society by providing high-quality education and promoting research and culture. The mission of our competence centres is to be the originators and implementers of innovation in their particular area. The aim of the integrated minor specialities of EuroAcademy is to create new opportunities for sustainable development in the future economy.
Sensitivity to society (in terms of educational policy)
It is the mission of EuroAcademy to base its curriculum development on the needs and tendencies of the society and the labour market and thus contribute to the achievement of the goals of Europe 2020 and the respective programmes. EuroAcademy values highly the higher education quality assessment and guarantees the quality assurance of the education provided by its curricula.
The core values forming the basis of the activities and communication of EuroAcademy:
- Student-centred approach, flexibility and tolerance – EuroAcademy values highly its students and thus commits to the development of a solid academic community and friendly environment. EuroAcademy is thus also open to students of various cultural backgrounds.
- Academic freedom, creativity and autonomy – although building its activities on knowledge, EuroAcademy also supports academic freedom and creativity. As a private higher education institution Euroacademy is independent in its development priorities.
- Knowledge-based approach – the instruction at EuroAcademy is knowledge-based.
- Contribution to society – EuroAcademy is committed to contributing to the society by providing high-quality higher education and research while promoting cultural traditions and also creating new ones for both EuroAcademy and society at large.
- Ethics – EuroAcademy strongly condemns plagiarism and relies in its activities on its code of ethics.
The goals of EuroAcademy
- To establish minor specialities integrating the syllabi of the curricula.
- To continue the regular publication and international dissemination of the academic journal of EuroAcademy, The Baltic Horizons.
- To establish alumni societies at each faculty and the tradition of regular meetings in order to find new apprenticeship and job opportunities as well as other forms of cooperation supporting the goals and activities of EuroAcademy.
- To revive student competitions, for instance photography, translation, essay competitions etc.
- To enhance international cooperation with Nordic and Russian universities.
- To establish MA curricula in all specialities.
- To devise and implement at least two doctoral curricula. The prerequisites for it include positively evaluated research work, effective international cooperation and the regular publication of the academic journal of EuroAcademy, The Baltic Horizons.
- To re-establish the status of a university and the name Euroülikool (EuroUniversity).
- To maintain the position of EuroAcademy among the top twenty small European universities.