Wednesday, 1 December, marks 102 years from the opening of the Estonian-language University of Tartu. Although the traditional events of the anniversary of Estonia's national university have been cancelled due to the spread of coronavirus, Rector of the University of Tartu Toomas Asser will announce the recipient of the award "Contribution to Estonian National Identity", 102 birthday candles will be lit in front of the university's main building, and the Arch Bridge in Tartu will turn blue in the honour of the university.
On the morning of 1 December, in his video greeting, Rector Professor Toomas Asser announces the recipient of the award "Contribution to Estonian National Identity", whose creative work has significantly promoted the national and state identity of Estonians and Estonia.
The ceremony marking the 102nd anniversary of Estonia's national university, the torchlight procession and the anniversary ball have been cancelled, but at 11:30, the university family will light 102 birthday candles in front of the university's main building. In the darkness of early morning and evening, the Arch Bridge will glow in blue to honour Estonia's national university.
During the past year, the university has become richer by four honorary doctors and 106 doctors. Traditionally, doctoral degrees are conferred at the ceremony marking the anniversary of Estonia's national university, but this time, the conferment ceremony will take place in June 2022.
See the list of people who have defended their doctoral degree during the past year
At its session of 29 May, the University of Tartu Senate appointed four honorary doctorates:
On the afternoon of 1 December, a video created by the UT Student Union will be published on the university's Facebook page to introduce the story of how Estonia's national university came to be.
Further information: Kady Sõstar, Senior Specialist for Protocol, University of Tartu, 737 5685, 511 9188, firstname.lastname@example.org