2024 EBS International Summer School on Digitalisation and Sustainability

Location: Tallinn, Estonia (12-15 August)
& Helsinki, Finland (16 August)

ECTS Credits: 6 ECTS


The Estonian Business School is excited to announce that admissions are now open for our fourth annual International Summer School. A one-week summer school is planned for 12-16 August, with the first four days in Tallinn, Estonia, and the final day, 16 August, at our campus in Helsinki, Finland.


EBS brings together students and speakers from all over the world, allowing for the exchange of ideas on two of the megatrends that change modern societies: digitalisation and sustainability. The challenge of a so-called “twin transition” is clear: the world needs to digitalise to take advantage of the vast advances in digital products, but this needs to be accomplished in a sustainable fashion.


The summer school focuses on trends, uncertainties and complexities in intersections of digitalisation and sustainability on a global level. The course helps participants to learn multifaceted nature of digitalisation and sustainability in national and international level. Through lectures and workshops it demonstrates how to use different social science methods in order to get a better grasp of future trajectories. It also helps participants to summarise and communicate complex issues in the intersection of digitalisation and sustainability in an easily understandable way. The course improves decision-making and teamwork skills through capstone assignments. 


Combining our diverse business, economic, policy, and management perspectives offered by the summer school’s distinguished faculty, lecturers, and speakers will provide fundamental ingredients for generating new ideas. We are well on our way to making this event a summer tradition at EBS, providing a platform for future leaders to gather at EBS and turn their ideas into reality.


We will take various site visits (last year’s program included a visit to a startup incubator, a tour of Old Town Tallinn and the Estonian parliament, and a museum trip).


There are also online options for streaming over the internet, with the professional support of the EBS IT team.


Full programme

Keynote Speakers

Maive Rute

  • Keynote: The Diversification of Global Value Chains for Digital and Green Transformation


Maive Rute is Deputy Director-General & Chief Standardisation Officer, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW), European Commission. As Deputy Director-General in GROW, Maive Rute focusses on green transition of industries, resilience of supply chains, promotion of investments, standardisation and IP rights. In June 2022, European Commission nominated her the first ever Chief Standardisation Officer.  Between 2005 – 2019, she worked as Director for Entrepreneurship and SMEs, and as Director and DDG in the research and innovation field of the European Commission. She has also served as Deputy Governor of the Bank of Estonia and CEO of KredEx, the Estonian business and export financing body. She has studied at Harvard University, CERIS in Brussels, Danube University in Krems and Estonian University of Life Sciences.Website https://commission.europa.eu/persons/maive-rute_en


Fredrik Erixon

  • Keynote: Innovation, Protectionism and Global Value Chains

Fredrik Erixon is a Swedish economist and writer. He has been the Director of the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) ever since its start in 2006. The Financial Times has ranked Erixon as one of Brussels 30 most influential people. Fredrik Erixon is the author of several books and studies in the fields of international economics, economic policy, and regulatory affairs (welfare reforms, healthcare, competition policy, et cetera). His latest book (co-authored with Björn Weigel) was The Innovation Illusion:

How so Little is Created by so Many Working so Hard (Yale University Press) and he has previously written books about the history of political ideas, the role of social capital for economic growth, and international economic policy. His research interests covers international economics, European relations with Asia and North America, trade and regulatory policy, philosophy and technological change. His next book, Saving Liberalism for the 21st Century, is about challenges from populism and other ideas to the open society. Erixon has advised several governments in Europe and the rest of the world, and is a frequent speaker at conferences. He regularly writes for international newspapers and magazines. In his previous career, Erixon has worked in development policy, financial markets, business consulting, and academia. Erixon studied at Oxford University, Uppsala University and London School of Economics.

Website. https://ecipe.org/person/fredrik-erixon/



André Küüsvek

  • Helsinki keynote: Financing digital and green transition

André Küüsvek is President and CEO of the Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) in Helsinki.  He is the former Managing Director of Central Asia at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has over 25 years of experience in international finance in various positions at the EBRD.

His career with the EBRD included leading the Bank-wide strategic theme of Local Currency and Capital Markets Development in 2012-2020; being a Country Director in Ukraine, the second largest country of EBRD investment, in 2008-2013; and a Country Director in Kazakhstan in 2004-2008.Prior to that, he led project teams investing equity and debt in financial institutions across the EBRD regions in 1996-2004, simultaneously being the EBRD-wide coordinator for capital markets and stock exchanges and the financial sector coordinator for several countries.

He started his banking career as one of the first commercial bankers in Estonia in 1992, heading the international departments of Tartu Kommertspank and Bank of Tallinn. He then moved to Germany, working for a private bank Schröder Münchmeyer Hengst, and for Dresdner Bank until 1996.He served on the boards of over 30 banks, insurance companies, stock exchanges, equity funds and large infrastructure companies in aviation and railroads. He has also served on two EBRD management committees: the Strategy and Policy Committee, and the Asset and Liability Committee.

An Estonian national, he graduated with an MSc from Tallinn University of Technology, studying also in Sweden, Germany, Finland and Hungary. He is a graduate of the Estonian Business School and Stockholm School of Economics. He is fluent in five languages.





One of the greatest assets of the summer school is our excellent speakers, who include visionaries from the public and private sectors, including prominent public officials, entrepreneurs, and academics. The speakers covered a range of subjects, tackling issues particular to Estonia, the region, and the world.

  • Meelis Kitsing (EBS)
  • André Küüsvek Nordic Investment Bank) 
  • Maive Rute (European Commission)
  • Fredrik Erixon (European Centre for International Political Economy)
  • Tea Danilov (Foresight Centre, Estonian Parliament)
  • Sandra Reivik (EBS)

Course Credit

The summer school curriculum is for master- and doctoral-level students, advanced undergraduates (final year), or those entering graduate-level programs. The summer school is taught in English.


The summer school utilises a variety of approaches such as lectures, keynote speeches, on-site visits, workshops, company presentations and team assignments. The session would involve a discussion of the critical concepts and empirical analysis. This would be supplemented with reading assignments. The summer school instructors will follow participative methods in class. The instruction will be predominantly through interactive lectures and workshops.  Students are expected to come prepared to the class whenever a reading is prescribed. To make the best use of the learning opportunities, each participant must actively participate and be ready to share his/ her perspective to build the skills of presentation and the attitude of collective learning. Groups of 5-7 students will be formed for the capstone assignment which will be presented on the last day of summer school.


You will receive an official transcript of records granting 6 ECTS credit points when the summer school is completed and your summer school requirements are fulfilled.

Students will receive either Pass (P) or Fail (F) grade. They will be evaluated on the basis of team presentation and attendance and participation. The weightage given to each of these units is listed below:

  • Class Attendance and Participation                      30%
  • Group Project                                                           70%





Summer school 2024

How to Apply

We welcome participation from advanced undergraduate and graduate students in social sciences, engineering, and other disciplines, who strive for excellence in global business. We also accept a number of those from the business world who want to explore these fields. Special consideration will be given to students from disadvantaged backgrounds and EBS alumni.


To apply, please submit the following info and documents as PDF files to our web form:

  • A resume;
  • An unofficial school transcript with grades (undergraduate or graduate, if available);
  • A short justification (max 1 page) why you would like to participate in this event;
  • The applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as our academic committee reviews them. We strongly encourage you to apply early, as our space is limited. Once you are accepted, full tuition payment is due by May 31, 2024,  to secure your spot.

If you have any questions about applying or the programme don´t hesitate to contact us summerschool@ebs.ee.


  • General admission price: 1190 Euros. Price includes tuition fee, study materials, a transcript of record, and certificate;
  • Early bird price: 990 Euros. Your application must be received by May 1 2024 to qualify for the early-bird price;
  • Attendance at the summer school; no credit: 1099 Euros;
  • Online attendance of the entire program with a certificate of attendance:  299 Euros;
  • One-day online attendance: 99 Euros.

Need-based scholarships

  • The organizers will award need-based scholarships on a rolling basis. Special consideration will be given to students from disadvantaged backgrounds and EBS alumni.
  • To be considered for a need-based scholarship, please add a separate file to the application package outlining your situation and the amount needed (provide evidence, if appropriate). Partial scholarship waivers are much more likely than full waivers.
  • The need-based scholarship only covers the tuition, while travel and accommodation in Tallinn remain the student’s responsibility.
  • All students will be responsible for their transportation and lodging in Tallinn and Helsinki.

Accommodation and food

Students participating in the summer school are responsible for their own accommodation and travel. Local hotels within walking distance of the Estonian Business School will offer discounted prices to students once they are accepted into the program. These rooms are on a first-come, first-served basis, and space is limited. If you want to make different arrangements, there are many accommodations available around EBS through popular booking apps.


Lunches are provided every day at EBS. Please specify in the application web form if you have dietary restrictions or preferences. 

Visiting Tallinn: What to Know

The Baltic region is simply gorgeous in the summer months with moderate temperatures and long daylight hours; Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, is one of the jewels.


The city has been notable since its days as part of the Hanseatic League of medieval trading cities. In recent years, Tallinn has become a place of a burgeoning startup scene and ecosystem with nearly 1,300 companies. Six of those startups have been classified as unicorns, making Estonia the European leader in startups, unicorns, and investments per capita.


The Estonian Business School is located within walking distance of Tallinn’s Old Town, which dates back to the 13th century. The Old Town delights first-time visitors with its fantastic medieval walls, cobblestone streets, and many shops and museums. See what else Tallinn and the rest of Estonia have to offer.

Visiting Helsinki: What to Know

EBS has been operating its campus in Helsinki for 12 years and moved to a new location within walking distance of the city center in 2021. Traveling from Tallinn to Helsinki means a 120-minute ferry ride, offered many times a day. Then it’s a short tram ride to the EBS Helsinki campus.


We will not have much time on Friday, 16 August, to see the sights, but for the adventurous, Helsinki and its environs are well worth hanging around for a long weekend. You can learn more about what the city offers at this link.


We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting week in Tallinn and Helsinki in August!

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