Tartu University, one of Estonia's most important institutions, faces huge challenges in the coming years as student numbers are predicted to fall dramatically. The university's new rector, Professor Alar Karis, spoke to The Baltic Times about his vision for the future. Tell me about your transition to the administrative side. Were you sad to leave science behind?It happened by accident. I became a professor in 1999 at the University of Tartu. In 2003, I was asked to be one of the candidates for rector's position at the University of Life Sciences. I thought about it for 15 minutes, a...
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