The new office will reside amongst many successful companies in the heart of California’s IT hub. “That’s what brought the university here. We are interested in large IT firms like Microsoft, Google, Adobe, Intel, IBM – companies that we have talked to, and with whom we want to work with,” tells Alar Kolk, University Vice President.
The office shares its building with Enterprise Estonia, the Estonian government’s support system for entrepreneurship. The two Estonian organisations will be working closely together. The focus of the program will be IT, biotechnology, and medicine. The university president said having a foreign office isn’t a cheap undertaking but the school is hoping for government support to cover expenses.
University officials also plan to open a Shanghai office in 6 months. “We hope to attract master’s and doctor’s students from the US and China. The university is rapidly internationalising – we already have 1 000 international students. And close to 100 professors and researches from abroad. This is the trend in today’s world, and we cannot afford to get left behind,” said Andres Keevallik, University President.