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The President of the Republic made a speech at the inauguration ceremony of the Rector of Tallinn University of Technology

President Arnold Rüütel today attended an open ceremonial meeting of the Council of Tallinn University of Technology where Professor Peep Sürje, the new Rector of TUT, was sworn into office.

At the ceremony, the President of the Republic delivered the Chain of Office to the new Rector. The Head of State also gave recognition to Andres Keevallik, the previous rector, for his remarkable contribution to the development of Tallinn University of Technology.

In his greeting address, President Rüütel emphasised the importance of consistency in leadership of the University, as Professor Sürje, who has been TUT's Vice-Rector for years, involved also the previous rector, Professor Keevallik, to his new team. The Head of State noted that the leadership of Tallinn University of Technology has been trusted into good hands.

"The level and scope of preparing engineers will gain decisive weight in the further implementation of the program of science-based Estonia. It means that we have to educate more specialists who would meet the international requirements, enhance the necessary infrastructure and funding of research work. Also intensive international cooperation is inevitable, herewith, a good example is the cooperation between Tallinn and Helsinki universities of technology," the President of the Republic said.

"At the time of rapidly changing technologies, it is inevitable that the preparation of engineers and scientists would based on the achievements of world-class science and technology, and would be carried out in proper environment. Here, the state can have a decisive role, and by ordering education of specialists, make strategic choices. Also the role of business sector, first of all the role of your alumni, is important for achieving a new innovative level. Development of high-tech enterprises that have considerable export capacities will secure the continuation of economic progress in Estonia," the Head of State added in his greeting address.

President Rüütel wished Tallinn University of Technology continuing striving for innovation, eagerness to develop, balance between academic spirit and youthful courage to experiment, also implementation to its good initiatives.

Public Relations Unit of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, August 31, 2005

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