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Jaak Aaviksoo

Head, Institute of Experimental Physics and Technology, University of Tartu; Former Minister of Education, Estonia

Jaak AAVIKSOO Estonia

Jaak Aaviksoo was minister of education of Estonia from 1995 to 1997 and currently serves his second term as rector of Tartu University (1998-2003 and 2003-current). The vice rector from 1992 to 1995, he remains a professor of optics and spectroscopy. He was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute in Stuttgart, Germany from 1987 to 1988 and 1989, a guest professor at University Paris VI in 1991, 1993 and 2001 and research professor at Osaka University in 1991. Dr. Aaviksoo received a Ph.D. in physics from the Estonian Academy of Sciences and is currently one of its elected members. Dr. Aaviksoo is a member of the Universities Project Advisory Committee. He has participated in the first Russian Higher Education Project symposium, is an alumnus of several Universities Project symposia, and has participated in consultant visits by Visiting Advisors Program teams to the Russian Federation.