The University of Tartu is one of the world's 400 best universities. Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-13 takes into account surveys of academics and employers; ratio of students and teaching staff; the number of citations in research publications and the number of international teaching staff and students.
The University is the number 1 choice for Estonian graduates. At least a quarter of all high school graduates continuing their studies in higher education choose the University of Tartu.
Studies are linked to the research performed by the university's scientists. Estonian science, led by the University of Tartu, belongs to the upper 50% of the world's countries in all 22 fields of research specified in the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) database. According to the ESI, the University of Tartu has reached the top 1% of the most-cited universities and scientific institutions in environmental sciences and ecology, clinical medicine, plant and animal science, and chemistry.
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The university's hall of fame includes physicists Moritz Hermann Jacobi and Emil Lenz, chemists Carl Claus and Wilhelm Ostwald, physiologist Carl Schmidt, pharmacist Johan Georg Dragendorff, anatomist August Rauber, naturalist Karl Ernst von Baer, founder of cultural semiotics Juri Lotman, and many more.
Modern education system
The University of Tartu follows the Bologna process in the organisation of its studies and programmes. The quality of study programmes is assured through programme-based organisation of study designed to pay more attention to the needs of society and prospective employers. Annual polls are conducted among graduates of the university to evaluate their initial success in the labour market. Relevant findings contribute to the development of further curricula.
European and national quality awards
Several joint-degree programmes at the University of Tartu hold the prestigious status of Erasmus Mundus programmes, awarded to selected curricula in the EU as a sign of high quality. Several of UT's international master's programmes have received the "Most Attractive International Master" national award from the Ministry of Education and Research of Estonia. And last but not least, the International Master in Applied Measurement Science has been awarded a "EuroMaster" label.
University of Tartu co-operates with many world-class universities: the University of Helsinki, Moscow State University, Tsinghua University, University of Melbourne, Uppsala University, Lund University, Hokkaido University etc.
The University is a member of many prestigious international networks. It is the only Baltic member of the Coimbra Group and an active member of the Utrecht Network, EUA.
University scientists conduct research with global companies like Samsung and Philips.