The future president of Estonia chaired the Council for the last time 

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Rector Mait Klaassen thanked Alar Karis for his work on behalf of the University of Life Sciences and presented the future President with a university festive hat.

On the last day of September, the Council of the Estonian University of Life Sciences met to assess the implementation of the administrative agreement concluded between the Ministry of Education and Research and the university. For Alar Karis, the chairman of the council, it was the last time to lead the work of the council of university. Because Alar Karis was elected the next President of the Republic of Estonia.

The Council heard a presentation by Endla Reintam, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, on the implementation of the administrative agreement and assessed that the objectives set therein were largely met. The members of the Supervisory Board also expressed the opinion that in order to better meet the goals in the future, the Ministry of Education and Research needs to ensure a significant increase in funding for higher education. A corresponding proposal was also made for a new administrative contract period.

The council instructed the university management to continuously develop the internal quality control system, to improve the organization of doctoral studies with the aim of increasing the number of doctoral theses to be defended. Also to intensify cooperation with other Estonian universities in order to improve the quality of teaching and research. Especially in engineering fields.

After the meeting, the members of the council and the management of the university thanked Alar Karist for his work and wished him strength in the office of the President of the Republic. Instead of Alar Karis, the Government of the Republic shall appoint a new member of the Council.

Alar Karis is already the second former rector of the Estonian University of Life Sciences, who has been elected President of Estonia. In 2001 - 2006, the President of Estonia was Arnold Rüütel, who leaded Estonian University of Life Sciences as a rector from 1969 to 1977.