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Growing interest in Baltic studies in the United States

In early June, one of the world’s leading research institutions, Stanford University in California, hosts an important conference with a focus on Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The 2018 AABS Conference at Stanford University: The 100th Anniversary of Baltic Independence will bring together scholars interested in Baltic studies from all over …

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Top 10 inventions developed in the Estonian universities

The best universities in Estonia have not only produced many smart people, but also smart products and useful tools.* The University of Tartu is now among the top two per cent of the world’s universities, and the highest ranked in the Baltic states. Similarly, the Tallinn University of Technology, whose alumni include world-class …

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Estonia ranks 12th in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index

Estonia ranks 12th among 180 countries in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index, compiled by Reporters Without Borders. According to the organisation, the media situation in Estonia is generally satisfactory. “The media are free and independent and Estonia is yet again riding high in the World Press Freedom Index,” Reporters …

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The first robot student admitted to the University of Tartu

A new kind of student has arrived at the University of Tartu, Estonia’s best-known university – a robot called Pepper. Produced by a Japanese company, SoftBank, and owned by the Estonian firm, AS Hansab, the humanoid robot’s key function is to offer companionship to people. Previously, Pepper had been busy …

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An exhibit at Stanford Libraries presents 100 years of Baltic history

A new exhibit at Stanford Libraries, called “The Baltic Way”, aims to tell the complicated history of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the 20th century and considers the countries’ prospects and challenges in the 21st. The exhibit, presented in partnership with the Hoover Institution Library & Archives and Stanford Libraries, …

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Estonia ranks fifth in Europe in media literacy – analysis

According to a recent analysis by the Bulgaria-based Open Society Institute, Estonia ranks fifth in Europe in media literacy. The institute says in its study that the best equipped countries to resist the post-truth, fake news and their ramifications are the Northwestern European countries – ie the Scandinavian ones, the …

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The government is to give 100,000 Estonians information about their genetic risks

The Estonian government will allocate €5 million to a development project that aims to collect the genetic data of 100,000 people and integrate it into everyday medical practice by giving people feedback of their personal genetic risks. The general purpose of the project is to boost the development of personalised …

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Stanford to host a roundtable featuring Baltic foreign ministers and professor Anna Grzymala-Busse

On 1 June, the Stanford University Libraries will hold a roundtable featuring Baltic foreign ministers and political scientist Anna Grzymala-Busse as part of the 2018 AABS Conference at Stanford University. The roundtable is titled “Baltic exceptionalism?” and it’s featuring Sven Mikser, the foreign minister of Estonia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, his Latvian …

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The University of Tartu represented with 18 subjects in global rankings

The latest QS World University Rankings includes 18 subjects taught at the University of Tartu, five more than in 2017. To compile the rankings, the international consulting company Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) gathers information on 4,000 universities all over the world and ranks just a small part of them. The new …

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