This spring’s orienteering event marks the 50th anniversary of the graduation of the first psychology degree students

From 14 April to 18 June, all members of the university family, alumni, their families and anyone else are invited to complete an orienteering course to discover places associated with the history of learning psychology in Tartu and at the University of Tartu.

Psychology as a full-time major specialisation began to be taught at the University of Tartu in 1968, when a number of future psychology legends started their studies in the Psychology Department. On 14 April, the 50th anniversary of their graduation was celebrated with an alumni conference entitled “Changing world, changing psychology”.

This spring’s orienteering event gives an opportunity to find out more about the places and people related to the history of learning psychology in Tartu. The course comprising 17 checkpoints was created by the staff of the institute. The course is feasible for everyone – one can pass any number of checkpoints in any order and at a pace suitable for them. No time will be taken: the goal is simply to enjoy physical exercise outdoors.

How to start orienteering?

  • Print the map or get it from the front desk of the main building (Ülikooli 18), the Delta academic and research building (Narva mnt 18), Biomedicum (Ravila 19), the university library (W. Struve 1) or the academic building at Vanemuise 46. You can also download the map to your smartphone.
  • Before you start, make sure you know the map symbols.
  • When you arrive at a checkpoint, scan the QR code with your phone. Make sure your phone has an app for reading QR codes or you have enabled than in the camera settings.
  • The course passes residential areas, streets, green areas and other public places. Be careful in traffic! Beware that there are several objects on the course that you are not allowed to cross, such as fences, walls, flowerbeds or hedges. Similarly, do not enter private yards that are marked respectively. On the map, “no entry” areas are marked by the thick black line (fence, wall) and moss green colour.

Who wins?

This is a recreational sports event for the whole university community. At the end of the event, a number of gifts will be raffled among all registered participants. To give chance a chance, let us know that you went orienteering.

You are also most welcome to share your photos from the orienteering course on the Facebook event page.

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