The curricula of the Information Science Department transfer to the Faculty of Social Sciences and Education
From the academic year of 2013/2014 the Master’s Course of information work in organisation, as well as the curricula of librarianship and information environments, and information and document management of the professional higher education are under the Faculty of Social Sciences and
Up to now these curricula were managed by the Information Science Department of Viljandi Culture Academy. From the new academic year the students continue their studies in Tartu.
The change is caused by the desire to join the curricula dealing with related areas and fulfilling similar social mission into one structural unit thus creating a possibility for better cooperation and synergy. The curricula transferred from Viljandi belong to the study program group of journalism and information. The curricula of the institute of journalism and communication of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Education belong to the same study program group.
The name of the institute after the merge will be the Institute of Journalism, Communication and Information Science. There will be two new chairs: chair of information management and chair of information science.
From the merge of the two four-year curricula of professional higher education transferred from Viljandi a new three-year curriculum of information management of professional higher education is opened in Tartu. The students studying according the existing four-year curricula can continue their
studies during two nominal periods, the curricula will be closed down by 2020 the latest. According to Anzori Barkalaja, the Director of Viljandi Culture Academy, the parts have discussed the changes and agreed to it. „The transfer of the Information Science Department to the Faculty of Social Sciences and Education is a big change for the Culture Academy which allows us to concentrate on our creative departments and at the same time creates new possibilities for developing information education in Estonia.“
According to Triin Vihalemm, Professor of communication studies of the Institute of Journalism and Communication, the merge creates good conditions for the new scientific research projects and enlarges the students’ choices for specialisation in the area.
Ten members of the academic staff and several of the supporting staff will transfer to Tartu; also the special literature of the library of Viljandi Culture Academy will be transferred. The decisions concerning the changes in the curricula of the Information Science Department of Viljandi Culture Academy were approved in Senate on 22 March 2013.