Professor Olav Aarna works as a part-time visiting professor of the Chair of Law and Public Administration of EBS. He was the Rector of EBS in 2000-2003. His academic background is in the field of system technology M.Sc. (Eng.), PhD (Eng.) and D.Sc. (Eng.).
Professor worked at Tallinn Technical University as a lecturer (1966-1986), professor (1987-2002) and rector (1991-2000). He was a member of Riigikogu (Estonian Parliament) and the Head of Cultural Commission in 2003-2007. Professor Aarna has been a member of the Board of Estonian Qualifications Authority since 2008.
An important field of professor Aarna´s activity is the assurance of the quality of higher education. He has been a member of the Estonian Higher Education Quality Assessment Council since 2008 and a member of the EFMD curricula accreditation council (EPAS) since 2009.
Professor Olav Aarna is a member of the Estonian Academy of Sciences (1990), a foreign member of the Finnish-Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (1991), Honorary Doctor of the University of Tampere (1996) and a foreign member of the Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) (2003).