Education and aftergrowth
We support the sector of education with the aim to develop higher education of construction and professional aftergrowth. Merko has cooperation with universities and participates in innovation and science projects.
Merko has had a successful relationship with the Tallinn University of Technology since 2007, the goal being to promote specialized education and provide encouragement to the rising generation of professionals.
Cooperation with the Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA)
In the framework of cooperation with the EKA that began in 2016, Bernhard Sommer from Austria will be a visiting professor in the field of energy efficiency at the EKA Faculty of Architecture and Urban Design in the academic year of 2016/2017.
On an everyday basis, Bernhard Sommer works at the Exikon architecture office and teaches energy design at one of the most experimental and fascinating architecture schools in the world – the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Sommer directs future architects to design their projects on the principles of energy efficiency from the very start and is convinced that we shall achieve a more energy efficient future city not through better materials, but through smarter spatial geometry. Sommer’s office Exikon is also engaged in solving the energy efficiency problems of complex spaces, combining research with architecture and using the top-end digital technology.
Merko provides support in the form of eponymously titled scholarships for Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) students and faculty. A 3,300-euro scholarship is awarded to young researchers/faculty members at TUT who hold a doctorate degree in construction specialties and who are up to 40 years of age, and a 2,000-euro scholarship goes to successful third-fourth- or fifth-year students in the TUT construction engineering programme. The agreement signed in November 2013 between AS Merko Ehitus Eesti and TUT Development Fund and concerning the scholarship for young researchers/faculty members and the scholarship for construction engineering students runs until 2016.
Previously, Merko’s master’s degree scholarships have gone to Miia Rõõm, Teet Reinson, Martin Talvar, Jürgen Sarmet, Ats Pildre and Kaspar Vitsur. Up to 2012, Merko gave out the Professor Heinrich Laul young researcher/faculty scholarship, which was awarded to Targo Kalamees, Raido Puust, Hendrik Voll, Andrus Räämet, Madis Ratasepp and Ivar Annus.
INNOVATION CENTRE MEKTORY
Merko has supported Tallinn University of Technology’s interdisciplinary innovation and entrepreneurship centre, MEKTORY. Opened in November 2013, the aim of the centre is to connect students, researchers and entrepreneurs as well as promote the engineering sciences among school pupils. The four-storey 4,450 m² building houses various experimental labs, workshops, company demo centres equipped with state-of-the-art technology, startup studios, a space centre, an energy centre and an exhibition and conference hall. Various theme studios have been furnished to promote the cultures of different countries (Japan, China, India, Australia, the UK and the US).
COOPERATION WITH THE FOUNDATION NOORED KOOLI
We have supported the implementation of the program Noored Kooli (Bringing young people to school). The programme is an initiative of the foundation, aimed at setting a higher value on the role of a teacher by bringing active young people to schools and creating conditions for their development into outstanding teachers and leaders in various areas of life. The Foundation Noored Kooli will use the support under the programme framework of the initiative „Toeta noort õpetajat” (Support for young teachers).