At the opening of the new Chemistry Building of the University of Tartu, Prime Minister Ansip called the day a red-letter day for Estonian science, as it would create an even better infrastructure for our education to be competitive.
The new Chemistry Building creates sufficiently good educational facilities for our young clever people to prefer to continue their education path right here, in Tartu and in Estonia, said Prime Minister Ansip, according to whom subjects in science and life sciences, and the research in these areas, serve as the engine of Estonias development. In the vicinity of the new chemistry building, the new Institute of Technology and Biomedicum have gone up already.
The Prime Minister recalled that world-class science and good education were also provided in the former Chemistry Building on Jakobi tn, completed 70 years ago. I know that first-hand, said the Head of Government, who received his chemists education precisely in the Chemistry Building in Jakobi tn. The old Chemistry Building will remain firmly in the history of our science and chemistry education, he said. The Prime Minister thanked all the professors, legendary lecturers and teaching staff for the work done.
The Head of Government recalled that besides the chemists, no-one else at the University of Tartu has a Nobel Prize to show exactly 100 years ago in the autumn of 1909, the Nobel Foundation decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Wilhelm Ostwald, a University of Tartu alumnus, who defended all his dissertations in the university city, including his doctoral dissertation. It has already been said jokingly that the new Chemistry Building provides warranted hope for scientists at Tartu to be awarded a Nobel Prize, Ansip said, and added that if a Nobel Prize is actually awarded, it would not be possible without the work that has been done by the Chairs of the Institute of Chemistry to date. I, at any rate, believe in it, the Prime Minister affirmed.