On January 1, 2005 the Estonian University of Life Sciences completed its latest structural reform, after which it consists of five research and development institutes: the Institute of Economics and Social Sciences, the Institute of Technology, the Institute of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Husbandry, the Institute of Forestry and Rural Engineering, and the Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
On January 1, 2005 the Institute of Forestry and Rural Engineering was formed through the merger of the Faculty of Forestry, the Faculty of Land Engineering and the Forest Research Institute.
An institute is an academic unit of the University, which incorporates the study, research and development activities on specialities of a main field of research. The task of an institute is to guarantee the fulfilment of the main objectives of the University within its own field of activity. An institute operates in accordance with its own Statute, which has to be approved by the Council of the Institute, and approved by the Council of the University. Institute can consist, in accordance with its Statute, of departments, institutions, centres, laboratories and other subdivisions.
The Institute of Forestry and Rural Engineering consists of 8 departments:
- Department of Geomatics,
- Department of Rural Building,
- Department of Water Management,
- Department of Forest Biology,
- Department of Silviculture,
- Department of Forest Management,
- Department of Forest Industry
- Department of Ecophysiology.
The department connects the lecturers and scientists who work in closely related fields and covers study, research and development activities in its area of responsibility. The department is usually led by a professor.