Awards and Recognition
The university recognises its members and prominent public figures for their outstanding deeds and achievements.
The university gives recognition on three levels:
- central forms of recognition: the Contribution to Estonian National Identity award, the grant of honorary doctorate, the grant of honorary fellowship, the Pillar of the University award, and honorary decorations;
- annual awards for university members;
- awards and recognition granted by structural units.
At the end of 2019, the senate of the University of Tartu adopted the new Regulations for Giving Recognition, creating an integrated system of giving recognition. The design of all medals was updated and in the new design, the Skytte Medal, the Grand Medal and the Medal can be worn on chest. The newly designed awards and the rector’s chain of office form a stylistically uniform set.
All persons who have been awarded a Skytte Medal, a Grand Medal or a Medal before 2020 have the right to receive a pinned medal. The respective application should be sent to the academic secretary.
All university members may make proposals for awarding an honorary decoration of the university. The proposals can be submitted via the proposal form.
Johan Skytte Medal 2020
The University of Tartu Senate decided to award the Johan Skytte Medal to the President of the Republic of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, who led the University of Tartu Council from 2012 to 2016. The council is the highest decision-making body of the university, holds responsibility for the long-term development of the university and ensures the achievement of the university’s goals. As the Council Chair, Kaljulaid supported the preparation of the university’s governance and structural reform and helped to increase the renown of Estonia’s national university as an international research university. Before becoming a member of the council, Kersti Kaljulaid was a member of the university’s board of governors. The senate also highlights the fact that as the President of the Republic, Kersti Kaljulaid supported the signing of the Estonian Research Agreement between researchers, politicians and entrepreneurs, helping to ensure the development of Estonian research and innovation by a social covenant.
On 19 June 2020, the University of Tartu awarded the Johan Skytte Medal to Tanel Kiik, the Estonian Minister of Social Affairs. The university recognises Kiik for his substantial contribution to promoting evidence-based governance in Estonia and involving the University of Tartu and its researchers in the management of the emergency situation. Rector Toomas Asser said that Tanel Kiik has been a determined advocate of relying on the expertise of universities and scientists in decision-making processes.
Tanel Kiik was born on 23 January 1989. He is a cum laude graduate from the University of Tartu Pärnu College in Entrepreneurship and Project Management and is continuing his studies in the master’s programme of European Studies. As a representative of one of the founders of Tartu University Hospital Foundation, he has a major role in directing the development of the university hospital.
Honorary Doctors 2020
|Aleksander Pluskowski||Göran Bolin||Robert-Jan Simons|
|Helena Kääriäinen||Richard Kerner|
Contribution to Estonian National Identity Award 2019
“Granting the “Contribution to Estonian National Identity” award to Hando Runnel is a telling summary of the first century of Estonia’s national university. By giving this award, the national university confirms that Estonian people and the Estonian language, culture and thought are free. Hando Runnel by his example and with his special contribution helps us remember that the measure of a nation is its people’s internal dignity and values,” claimed UT Rector Toomas Asser.
Honorary Fellow 2017
Grand Medal 2020
|Toomas Haldma||Raul-Allan Kiivet||Andres Merits|
|Olev Must||Helle Metslang|
Badge of Distinction 2019
Maarja Mai Lõokene
Lecture of the year 2017/18
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, College of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Department of Romance Studies, Teacher of French Language
Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Education, School of Teacher Education, Assistant in English Language Teaching Methodology
Faculty of Medicine » Institute of Clinical Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Professor of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care
Faculty of Science and Technology, Institute of Chemistry, Chair of Colloidal and Environmental Chemistry, Assistant in Colloidal and Environmental Chemistry
Programme Director of the year 2018
Programme Director for Business Administration,
Faculty of Social Sciences
Programme Director for Service Design and Management,
Faculty of Social Sciences
Programme Director for History,
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Programme Director for Computer Engineering, Programme Director for Robotics and Computer Engineering,
Faculty of Science and Technology
Programme Director for Pharmacy,
Faculty of Medicine