Tallinn University of Technology (TTU), the only technological university in Estonia, is the flagship of Estonian engineering and technology education. Here the synergy between different fields (technological, natural, exact, economic and health sciences) is created and new ideas are born. TTU is to become one of the leading technological universities in the Baltic Sea region.
TTU is a university, which by relying on academic competencies and professional management, responds actively to the needs of the rapidly developing society and is involved in tackling the challenges of the digital era.
The Design and Engineering multi-disciplinary programme is created with the purpose of combining the rigor of technical development and the honing of engineering competence with the creative, inspirational and communicative power of design. Besides the two core study areas of design and engineering, students will get a firm understanding of the contemporary entrepreneurial world. With a business and entrepreneurship mind-set, the programme is founded upon the synergies and benefits gained through the integration of Art, Design and Science.
Ruth-Helene Melioranski has been researching design, design policies and strategies since 2005 while she led the research of the Estonian design scene as a partner of the Nordic Baltic innovation platform for Creative Industries. She was the founding director of Estonian Design Centre (2008-2011) and prior to that the leader of the Estonian Design Year (2006-2007). Her wide experience of the field includes participation of several international cooperation programmes, like European Design Training Incubator, a collaborative platform to foster exchange, share resources and benchmark Continuous Professional Development to foster the use of design as an economic driver; and Sharing Experience Europe (SEE) Platform, a network of European partners engaging with government to integrate design into innovation policies and programmes. Within the SEE platform the Estonian Design Centre under her direction organised a knowledge exchange and next generation design support programme development workshop Meeting of Minds in Dec 2010 and based on the results “Building Next Generation Design Support Programmes. Putting policy into action” booklet was published.