Centre 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). Märt Läänemets was the head of the centre from 2010 to 2020. Current head of the centre is Alevtina Solovyeva. Centre is primarily research unit that also offers lecture courses and seminars of Asian cultures.