The University of Tartu (UT), founded in 1632, is Estonia’s only classical university. UT has 4 faculties with 49 institutes. University of Tartu staff comprises of 3,800 employees (including 1,800 academic staff members). Over 14,000 students are enrolled, including 4,700 MA, and 1,500 PhD students. UT’s student body includes more than 850 international students from 65 countries (incl. around 550 international degree students). The University of Tartu is Estonia’s leading center of research and development. 60% of all doctoral dissertations in Estonia are defended at UT. More than half of all Estonian scientific publications are written by researchers at UT.

The University has participated in the framework programs since the 4th programme. The number of projects in FP7 where the university is participating in more than 100 and includes two ERC grants. In Horizon 2020 the University has currently 24 projects, including 1 ERC Consolidators Grant, 1 TEAMING and 2 ERAChair projects.

The University of Tartu also is one of the two main universities providing teachers’ in-service training in Estonia. About half of the Estonian teachers are educated at UT. Pedagogicum of the University of Tartu is coordinating teacher education at the university and ensuring collaboration of teacher education departments and schools. In 2013 Pedagogicum established a Network of Innovation Schools consisting of 23 innovation schools and 34 innovation friends. These form a collaboration body for developing and testing new learning materials and methods, as well as conducting teacher training events. The network is also involved in educational research.

One of the main competencies of the Institute of Education (and in particular its Centre for Educational Technology) is in the pedagogical knowledge related to technology-enhanced education and educational technology. The previous studies of the institute have been concentrated on improving learners’ problem solving and inquiry skills in applying web-based learning environments and educational robotics, learning analytics and adaptive support mechanisms to enhance learners’ self-regulation and reflection in learning science, and teachers’ professional development. The involved researchers actively participate in different international R&D projects, e.g. in EC 7th Framework large-scale projects Ark of Inquiry (as coordinator), Go-Lab and WatchMe. Comenius project ACTTEA, in which the University of Tartu was the coordinator, has recently finished. The results of all these projects have been shared with teachers of Estonia and other countries, as the research groups have direct links with local and international teachers’ organizations.

In the Next-Lab project, one of the main tasks of UTE is to scale up the use of Next-Lab laboratories and inquiry learning spaces in Estonia (and the other Baltic countries). In Next-Lab, UTE is the Next-Lab’s expertise center for Estonia. UTE will, therefore, play an important role in the WPs 1 and 2 and will also be involved in the design of Next-Lab’s innovative extensions (WP3).