The Institute for European Studies
Evaluation results 2010
Ministry of Education and Science evaluated social sciences and culture at Tallinn University of Technology. The self-assessment report was prepared by Prof. Rainer Kattel. Within the report Prof. Aksel Kirch was listed as principal investigator in the field of European studies.
The report was evaluated positively by the Ministry of Education and Science.
Evaluation results 2002-2010
The Institute for European Studies was evaluated by Estonian Higher
Education Accreditation Center as institution involved in the field of
sociological research on the 4th of March, 2002.
The evaluation based on the self-evaluation
report produced by the institute.
The following members formed the Expert Team:
Prof. A.H. (Chelly) Halsey
Fellow of the British Academy
Nuffield College, Oxford
Associate Prof. Anders Holm
Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen
Prof. Kaj Ilmonen
Department of Social Sciences, University of Jyväskylä
Associate Prof. Soile Veijola
Department of Business, Economics and Tourism
University of Lapland
Expert Team on the Institute for European Studies:
This institution is very small, too small for its purpose. It is led by
Dr. Juhan Sillaste and supported by Dr. Aksel Kirch. Professor Rein
Ruutsoo is attached but holds the chair of Political Science at Tartu
University. We deemed it good to satisfactory on its research
activities and satisfactory with a score of 6 on its capability
Clearly the opportunities for implementation of its research results are
of immense importance for the future of Estonia as it seeks entry into the
European Union. In this context we are puzzled by the self-evaluation
report (p. 14) where it is asserted that, "taking account of the
underfinancing of social science in Estonia, the permanent staff of the
IES probably cannot be bigger." On the contrary we advise the opposite.
Moreover we cannot agree with the further statement on the same page that
the IES is now entering a second period of its development - "its period
of full-fledged research institution in sociology of European Studies."
The 'minimum kit' (8-10 staff) argument surely applies in this case. We
have judged that the IES is applying successfully for grants and funds and
we hope that its current application to the European Commission will be
successful. The decision is expected in June 2002.