Technology Governance and Digital Transformation
Degree awarded: Master of Arts in Social Sciences (Technology Governance and Digital Transformation), (MA)
Workload: 120 ECTS
Language of instruction: English
Duration: 2 years
Pre-Requisites: Bachelor degree or equivalent. Candidates with a diverse background are welcome, from social sciences, history to engineering and natural sciences. Previous work experience in the public sector and contacts with the field of public administration or economics would be of benefit
Tuition fees and scholarships: 1 ECTS = 55 EUR. Nominal study load per 1 year = 60 ECTS/3300€, 1 tuition fee waiver scholarship available that guarantees free studies. Detailed information about the scholarship is available here
NB! Final details of curricula will be approved in spring 2018.
'Technology Governance and Digital Transformation' (TGDT) curriculum is suitable for those interested in understanding 1) the dynamics of capitalist economies and economic development processes from a rather non-orthodox perspective, i.e. from evolutionary, post-Keynesian and other heterodox economics perspectives, 2) the meaning of social and technological innovation, and 3) digital transformation. The aim of the curriculum is to give an understanding on innovation phenomenon and the impact of digital solutions and developments on broader public governance and more narrowly on restructuring the economy, including the digitalization of industry. The need for competencies offered by the TGDT curriculum stems from the fact that one of the key challenges for the public and private sectors is the development of skills and capabilities of employees in the field of digitalization - the digital economy and e-government - and in relation to policy analysis and consulting competences. Innovation policy and its use in different economic situations has become a very important topic in the world, and the demand for people who are knowledgeable in dealing with economic and technological cycles in a new way is increasing.
"Due to the polyphony and variety of topics of the Master’s in Technology Governance, every course sheds light on different perspectives of the economy, technology and society. Therefore, every single lecture is a unique experience. Interacting with world-class, heterodox scholars in an open-minded environment: what else could you ask for?"
Vasilis Kostakis, Greece
Alumnus of Technology Governance programme
Senior Research Fellow, Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance // Founder, P2P Lab
- Faculty includes internationally distinguished, award-winning professors (Carlota Perez, Erik S. Reinert, Jan A. Kregel, Wolfgang Drechsler, Rainer Kattel, Robert Krimmer)
- Opposed to standard text-book, mainstream economics that is taught in most universities
- Case-study based teaching and student-friendly study arrangements
- Site visits and guest lecturers from leading Estonian and international companies
- Minimum stay in Estonia is one year – second year is dedicated for internship and MA thesis writing that can be accomplished anywhere
Although the program is designed to educate prospective policy analysts and public servants, it is also ideal for those who see themselves working in the private sector (entrepreneurs, consultants, analysts) or non-governmental organisations. Potential employers could include international organisations, science and technology parks, development agencies, think-tanks, and technology-intensive companies. Furthermore, the program provides the grounds for a continuing academic career by engagement as a researcher in academic institutions or pursuing PhD studies. Career examples of our alumni: JP Morgan Stanley, Innovalue Management Partner GmbH, Office of the State Minister of Georgia, Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Czechinvest, etc.
The MA in Technology Governance and Digital Transformation programme gives an overview of economic development, technology and innovation, governance and their interrelatedness, including the increasing role and significance of digital transformation and digital governance. It creates an understanding of the role of different stakeholders in contributing to social cohesion, competitiveness, technological development and the creation of the necessary knowledge base. In general, the programme explains the nature of innovation and technology in the light of different disciplines, including economics, governance, political science and history.
Our Master’s programme in Technology Governance and Digital Transformation is a technology-focused special graduate degree as a realistic alternative to mainstream economics that could be placed in such areas as innovation policy, e-governance and public sector innovation, or development economics. This is international programme with a solid foundation in history and theory, embedded in an exciting environment that so many students and scholars were always looking for, yet could not find.The programme is interesting as an early- or mid-career professional degree for those working in development authorities, private companies and NGOs.The purpose of the programme is to train: (a) public servants and policy-makers with interdisciplinary skills, capable of analyzing the most up-to-date issues of technological and socio-economic development, developing knowledge-based policies to address these challenges, and running public sector organizations dynamically and in an innovation-supporting way; (b) private and third sector staff capable of analyzing the most up-to-date issues of technological and socio-economic development, and understanding the societal changes and opportunities created by technological and economic developments (including digitization); (c) middle and top level managers in the private and the third sector who continuously collaborate with the public sector and who understand the peculiarities of the functioning of the public sector, and thus are able to cooperate with the state in the areas of technological development and innovation.
Please pay attention as this programme you are applying for, has specific prerequisites:
Prerequisite for this program is a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and a good command of English. Main criteria for admission are motivation and interest, general competence and achievements, and professional background. It is assumed that any potential student will have adequate basic knowledge in economics, history, and technology.
- There are no formal requirements for any field of graduation, or for specific test scores that tend to measure how well one takes these tests. Because of its specific focus and trans-disciplinary approach, the MA is equally interesting as a first graduate degree right after undergraduate education, as an additional graduate degree after a less trans-disciplinary one, and as an early- or mid-career professional degree for those working in technology government fields, such as ministries, development and promotion authorities, and private companies and NGOs dealing with the subject matter.
- CV - working experience benefits.
- Online interview.
Topics covered during the interview:
- The interest in the specialty, where it comes from and why it is desired to study on the program of Technology Management and Digital Transformation. A motivation for passing the curriculum with the nominal period.
- Previous exposure to topics covered in the curriculum, i.e. knowledge of the topics covered within the curriculum, and awareness of societal debates on the topics covered in the program.
- Understanding of and vision on research activities - awareness of potential research topics, understanding of the methodology, etc.
- Expectations regarding the studies, i.e. understanding of the knowledge and skills to be acquired. Perception of specific areas or topics for which the level of knowledge is inadequate. Expectations regarding the study process, the possibilities to combine work and study activities, preferences in teaching methodology, linguistic barriers, readiness for writing academic papers (articles), etc.
- Previous education and work experience and their relevance to the curriculum.
- A vision about the career path and how the curriculum would contribute to this.
Threshold 50 points - applicant receiving at least 50 points get admission to TTÜ.
For general admission requirements please visit the Admissions section.
The yearly fee for a typical student is calculated based on 60 ECTS per year (full study load). The following is an estimation based on 2018/2019 fees:
- 1 ECTS is 55 EUR
- first study year is 3300 EUR
A tuition fee waiver is a non-monetary scholarship granted automatically to the best ranked candidates, according to the points earned in the course of admission. There is no separate application required. Decisions are made based on the Dreamapply application. Scholarship is awarded for the whole study period. Recipients of the scholarships are required to study full-time, i.e. with the workload of at least 60 ECTS per year. If the student starts studying part-time, he/she will lose the tuition fee waiver and will start paying for studies.
Please check here for scholarship options.
Head of the programme
Mr. Egert Juuse
e-mail: egert dot juuse at ttu dot ee
phone: (+372) 620 2657
address: Akadeemia tee 3, Tallinn 12618
Consultant for internships and everyday academic matters
Ms. Ingrid Oksaar
e-mail: ingrid dot oksaar at ttu dot ee
phone: (+372) 620 2646
address: Akadeemia tee 3, Tallinn 12618
Consultant for Erasmus/EMPA etc. exchange programmes and potential collaboration opportunities
Ms. Olga Mikheeva
e-mail: olga dot mikheeva at ttu dot ee
phone: (+372) 620 2651
address: Akadeemia tee 3, Tallinn 12618
The list of graduated students and their thesis topics (both MA and PhD level) can be seen at the programme web site.
Our current and former students are working in the following organizations:
- Apollo Global Management LLC (UK)
- Good Governance Fund at Policy and Management Consulting Group LLC (Georgia)
- Think-tank 'Cevea' (Denmark)
- EY Innovalue Management Advisors GmbH (Germany)
- OECD (France)
- Government Office of Estonia
- Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication (Estonia)
- Tehnopol Science Park (Estonia)
- Private Companies in IT and health technologies ares (Edicy, RM Solutions, Optofluid Technologies etc.)
Other potential employers:
- international organizations (UN, EU)
- governmental institutions (central banks, ministries dealing with economic affairs)
- non-governmental organizations (science and technology parks, development agencies, think-tanks etc.)
- technology-intensive private companies
Graduates from the MA programme are encouraged to continue their studies at Tallinn University of Technology by applying for a PhD degree either in the field of Technology Governance or Public Administration.
"I was looking for a master's programme that was based in an alternative view of economics, that wasn't mainstream. A programme founded in history and theory, which could provide me with a different perspective of the world order. And guess where I found the best programme of such kind? Yes, in Tallinn University of Technology, in Estonia!"
"This is probably the best economics of technology program in Europe. As such, it is extremely relevant to the kind of strategic decisions necessarily facing high-level 21st century leaders in any field. Also, because the classes are small and mostly in seminar form you get a lot of contact with the topnotch international faculty as well as your fellow students".
"The Technology Governance Master’s program is a unique possibility for me to learn topics and subjects so important for my country. The mix of public administration, development economics, industrialization, innovations taught in the brilliant environment of the TUT infrastructure and by the professional and dedicated persons will give chance to the graduates to actively participate in the development process of their countries or companies".
Mikheil Skhiereli /Georgia
The content of the mandatory internship comprises of an employment in public or private sector, non-governmental or international organisation for at least three months. The responsibilities must cover administrative and managing activities in Technology Governance field. The basis for getting a pass for internship is the study carried out about the institution, and the report about the completed assignments. The reckoning of internship takes place according to directive of internship (in Estonian/English language).
Students with extraordinary study results and interest to participate in science projects are encouraged to contact the Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governancee for potential internship opportunities. Please contact Egert Juuse for further information.
It is also possible to apply for funding via the Erasmus internship framework. Please contact Mrs. Maret Hein (maret dot hein at ttu dot ee) of TUT to find out more about this opportunity.
List of organisations where our students have conducted their internships:
- Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations system, Geneva (2012)
- UNDP, Honiara Sub-Office (Solomon Islands, 2012)
- TBC Bank Georgia (2012)
- British Embassy in Tallinn (2011)
- Pharmadule OÜ (2010)
- Spanish-Estonian Chamber of Commerce (2010)
- Stella Company Group Ltd. (2009-2010)
- Ernst&Young Baltic AS (2009-2010)
- Fraktal OÜ (2008-2011)
- Estonian Ministry of Defence (2007-2010)
- Office of the President of Republic of Estonia (2007-2010))
- Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Telecommunications (2010-2012)
Egert Juuse, PhD, Research fellow - Programme manager. He also serves as a local coordinator of Erasmus Mundus joint MSc programme with KU Leuven and Univ of Münster "Public Sector Innovation and E-Governance". Mr Juuse’s research interests include financial policy, economic development and innovation policy. Currently he also holds a position of an Advisor to the Minister of Entrepreneurship and IT at the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication.
Professor Wolfgang Drechsler is Professor of Governance. He is also an Associate at Harvard University’s Davis Center and a member of its Advisory Board. He previously taught at the Universities of Marburg, Gießen, Frankfurt/Main, and Tartu (Chair of Public Administration); as Visiting Professor at the Universities of Lund and of Erfurt, at the Central University of Finance and Economics Beijing, at the University of Malaya, at Zhejiang and at Gadjah Mada Universities, at the National Institute for Development Administration (NIDA) Bangkok, at Corvinus, and at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. In civil service, Wolfgang has been Advisor to the President of Estonia, Executive Secretary with the German Wissenschaftsrat during German Reunification, and, as an APSA Congressional Fellow, Senior Legislative Analyst in the United States Congress. He currently directs the RND’ large-scale institutional grant (IUT) on ‘Challenges to State Modernization in 21st Century Europe’, 2014-19, and since 2016, he is on the management board of IASIA. He has been a consultant to international institutions such as the OECD, the Council of Europe, SIGMA, the World Bank, the European Union (especially Commission and Parliament), the Inter-American Development Bank, and the UNDP, to national governments, and in the private sector.
Professor Jan A. Kregel PhD (Rutgers University) is Professor of Finance and Development. Kregel just retired as Chief of the Policy Analysis and Development Branch of the Financing for Development Office of UNDESA, the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Until 2004, he was High Level Expert in International Finance and Macroeconomics in the New York Liaison Office of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), being in essence its chief economist. For many years, he held the Chair for Political Economy at the University of Bologna. He was on the faculty of Johns Hopkins SAIS, whose Bologna Center he co-directed in the late 1980s, and he is a Visiting Professor at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and a Senior Scholar at the Levy Economics Institute at Bard College. He is a Life Fellow of the Royal Economic Society in London and is counted as one of the leading post-Keynesian economists today. His main area of interest is finance.
Professor Dr. Robert Krimmer is Full Professor of e-Governance within Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance at the School of Business and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. Robert’s research is focused on the transformation of the public sector, electronic participation and democracy, as well as e-voting, and all issues contributing to developing a digital society. Robert is Associate Editor of the international scientific journal Government Information Quarterly (GIQ), where he is in charge of participation issues. Further, Robert coordinates TOOP, the EU H2020 large-scale pilot on exploring and demonstrating the feasibility of the once-only principle involving 50+ partners from 21 countries inside and outside the European Union. He was member of the group of experts to the Council of Europe Ad-Hoc Committee on Electronic Voting (CAHVE) which had the task to update the CoE's recommendation on legal, technical and operational standards for Electronic Voting. Also, he was one of the lead experts for the Council of Europe Ad-Hoc Committee on Electronic Democracy and drafted Annex 1 of the CoE Recommendation (2009) on e-Democracy. Before returning to academia, Robert was OSCE/ODIHR's first senior adviser on new voting technologies. In the past he advised CoE, OSCE/ODIHR, UNDP, WHO, ITU, the European Commission and AWEB on various matters.
Professor Carlota Perez is visiting Professor of Technology and Socio-Economic Development. Perez, who currently resides in United Kingdom, is Centennial Professor of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), U.K. and Honorary Professorial fellow at SPRU, University of Sussex. Perez has held posts in the government of Venezuela, first in the Institute of Foreign Commerce in relation with the technology aspects of the North-South Dialogue (1975-1977), later as founding Director of Technology in the Ministry of Industry (1980-1983). She is perhaps most famous for her development of the concept of the “Techno-Economic Paradigm Shift”.
Professor Erik S. Reinert BA (University of St. Gallen) MA (Harvard) PhD (Cornell) is Professor of Technology Governance and Development Strategies. He is a former entrepreneur and since 2000 served as the Executive Chairman of The Other Canon Foundation, a small center and network for heterodox economics research. Reinert's research interests and publications focus around the theory of uneven development and the history of economic thought and policy. His book How Rich Countries Got Rich ... and Why Poor Countries Stay Poorwon the Myrdal Prize in economics and the Norwegian Selvaag Prize, both in 2008. As a consultant, Reinert's emphasis is on industrial and economic policy, the preconditions and management of innovations, and the relations between financial and production capital. Professor Reinert is one of the best-known heterodox economists of our times.
Rainer Kattel is currently visiting professor at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose and Estonian Academy of Sciences research professor at Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. He received his education from University of Tartu, Estonia, and University of Marburg, Germany, studying philosophy, political philosophy, classics and public administration. He led the Department for ten years. He has served on various public policy commissions, including Estonian Research Council and European Science Foundation. He has worked as an expert for the OECD, UNDP, and the European Commission. Currently, he leads Estonian Government’s Gender Equality Council, and is a member of governing boards at Tallinn University of Technology and Estonian Academy of Arts.
Core courses are taught by internationally recognized professors:
- Carlota Perez (Venezuela, developer of the concept of the “Techno-Economic Paradigm Shift”); author of “Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages”, one of the top business and economics sellers on Amazon.
- Erik S. Reinert (Norway, Executive Chairman of The Other Canon Foundation, a center for heterodox economics research);
- Jan Kregel(USA, former Chief of the policy Analysis and Development Branch of the Financing for Development Office of UNDESA, the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs) and
- Wolfgang Drechsler (Germany, served as Senior Legislative Analyst in the United States Congress, recipient of the Alena Brunovskà Award for Teaching Excellence in Public Administration).
Top Estonian scientists teaching in the programme include:
- Rainer Kattel (PhD, member of several national and European commissions in charge of science and research policy);
- Tiina Randma-Liiv (PhD, previously worked for the World Bank and UNDP);
- Tarmo Kalvet (PhD, founding head of the Innovation Program of PRAXIS, Estonia’s leading policy think-tank) and
- Veiko Lember (PhD, leading expert in Estonia of contracting out).