University of Tartu improved its position in the reputable ranking of world universities
After first entering the well-known Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) or the Shanghai ranking in 2016, the University of Tartu has risen to a position between 301 and 400 this year.
The highest position in the ranking is held by Harvard University, followed by Stanford University and the University of Cambridge. The University of Tartu was first included in this reputable list in 2016, ranking between 401 and 500 last year. This year, UT has improved its ranking by one hundred positions.
Vice Rector for Academic Affairs Anneli Saro said, “The fact that the university’s position in reputable rankings is improving year by year is undoubtedly a recognition for our academic staff, researchers and alumni, whose everyday work is appreciated and deemed competitive on the international level. Being included in a ranking is not a separate goal for the university, but it gives confidence for future students that the education they receive here is competitive anywhere in the world and the University of Tartu diploma is of high value on the labour market.”
Shanghai Jiao Tong University has published the international Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as Shanghai ranking, since 2003. Every year more than 1200 universities are evaluated and the best 500 are included in the ranking. The evaluated universities are ones in which alumni and staff have won Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, or whose researchers have published articles in Nature and Science journals. An institution may also be considered if a significant number of its publications have been indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded (SCIE) or Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI).
Universities are ranked according to several criteria. Each criterion has a certain weight, which total to 100 percent.
Universities are assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
1. Quality of education (alumni of the university winning Nobel prizes and Fields medals – (10%);
2. Quality of faculty (number of Nobel Prize or Fields Medal winners among faculty – winners of different periods are weighted differently) – (20%);
3. Number of highly cited researchers in 21 broad subject categories (based on Thomson Reuters database) – (20%);
4. Research output (number of publications in Nature and Science journals in the last five years) – (20%);
5. Number of papers indexed in SCIE and SSCI in the previous year – (20%);
6. Per capita performance (FTE), i.e. the weighted scores of the above five indicators divided by the number of full-time equivalent academic staff – (10%).
Additional information: Lauri Randveer, UT senior specialist for international cooperation, 737 5510, lauri.randveer [ät] ut.ee