This year, the Ministry of Defence is supporting research in the field of defence by awarding scholarships of EUR 4250 to seven Master’s students studying at Estonia’s public universities.
Scholarship applicants had the opportunity to choose between a total of 16 topics. The most popular area of research this year proved to be security policy, while the most popular topic was the meaning and effect of Europe’s strategic autonomy.
Scholarships were also earned by students studying several applied topics – for example, possibilities for recycling the individual equipment of the Defence Forces of Estonia.
According to Ivar Janson, Director of the Innovation Department within the Ministry of Defence, with their research the selected scholarship recipients from Estonian universities, such as TalTech, the University of Tartu, and Tallinn University, offer added value to the conceptualisation of Estonia's military development.
‘Working together with specialists in the field of defence provides scholarship recipients with invaluable experience, and I hope that the cooperation will continue after the conclusion of their studies’, noted Janson.
The evaluation committee assessed the applications, the level of the Master’s thesis plan, innovativeness and the expected contribution to the development of defensive capability.
This year’s scholarship recipients:
• Elina Libek – “The strategic autonomy of the European Union”
• Hannus Luure – “Possibilities for developing the visual language of the field of defence based on the media consumption trends of the youth target group”
• Tiina Lelumees – “Possibilities for the mechanical and chemical recycling of textile waste, the properties of recycled materials and the designing of new products for the Defence Forces of Estonia based on the example of individual equipment”
• Peeter Pals – “The strategic autonomy of the European Union”
• Mihkel Kivi – “Knowledge management within the Defence Forces: the current state and possibilities for development”
• Marget Pähkel-Sedrik – “The application of leadership experience acquired in the Defence Forces in everyday life”
• Lauri Laidna – “Solutions for a location based notification system that is based on mobile communication and the possibilities for their adoption in ensuring Estonia’s security and safety”
The Ministry of Defence is supporting Master’s students in their studies in the field of defence for the third year in the current form, although Masters and Doctoral students with visionary ideas have been supported in the past. Many of the Master’s theses completed during the course of previous competitions have already found application in the Ministry of Defence and its agencies.
The results of this year’s competition can be viewed on the website of the Ministry of Defence: http://www.kaitseministeerium.ee/et/eesmargid-tegevused/teadus-ja-arendu...
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