Center for Oriental studies
A unit for teaching Asian languages was first established in Tartu university 1956 by linguist Pent Nurmekund (1906-1996), since 1994 the centre has its current name: Centre for Oriental Studies. Longtime head of the centre was Linnart Mäll (1938-2010). Current head of the centre is Märt Läänemets (b. 1962). Centre is primarily research unit that also offers lecture courses and seminars of Asian cultures.