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Estonia is known and recognized worldwide as a successful and innovative e-state.
How has a country, which regained its independence in 1991, reached the pinnacle in PISA tests? Why does Estonia have one of the highest numbers of start-up companies per capita in the world? What prompted us to implement the “Tiger Leap” project in education which started the digitalization of the entire public sector, leading to increased innovation and transparency?
The answer: we are an education nation.
It has always been both a guarantee of individual success and one of the main drivers of the country’s development. Lifelong learning has become a lifestyle in Estonia.
Innovative start-up culture
Estonia is the world leader in unicorns (ie tech companies with a value of over $1Bn) per capita. No wonder, as Estonia is the ideal testbed for new technologies. Past years have seen a raping growth in the EdTech sector.
We are known for our pragmatic can-do attitude. Estonian teachers are well-educated and committed, while our schools have a high degree of autonomy.
In a country where 99% of state services are online, we use the possibilities of technology also in education, helping us to handle distance learning and enable remote or hybrid learning.
How does Estonian education stand out in the world?
Curriculum-based learning outcomes are achieved by learning-through-play method.
Top-ranked in Europe and among the best in the world. Students` socio-economic background does not play a role in obtaining a good education (PISA 2018). Digital literacy, as one of the general competencies, is integrated with each subject taught.
We embrace the possibilities of technology throughout the education system:
digital textbooks, e-assessments, e-diaries, and e-learning environments etc.
+ Educational institutions have modern IT infrastructures.
+ Digital competences and IT skills are a paramount part of the educational work in schools as well as in the training programs for teachers.
+ Estonian students’ schoolbag is in the cloud and educational information is online, available to everyone.
+ Estonia features strong educational technology companies that make learning more personal.
Free of charge for all age groups, educational backgrounds, and needs. Moving from vocational education to higher education and vice versa is increasingly popular.
Higher education and research
Estonian universities are highly valued by local and international students.
+ Estonian universities are rated highly in prestigious ranking systems such as THE and QS.
+ We are internationally attractive: 12% of students are foreign, representing 120 nationalities.
+ Our research is world-class: among the top 10 countries in the world by Indicator of a Nation’s Scientific Impact.
Acquiring new skills, retraining, and completing unfinished schooling are popular in Estonia: 20.2%
of all 25-64-year-olds attended at least one training course in 2019. This is the 4th highest indicator in the EU. Retraining while working programs gain increasing popularity.
OECD considers Estonian youth work as one of the best in Europe, with 87% of involved (age 7-26) being very satisfied. Decisions affecting youth are made together with young people and youth unemployment is low in Estonia.