Medicine and IT most popular amongst new applicants to University of Tartu
Admission of full-time studies and the Open University continues. As at the morning of 30 June, 6,232 applications had been submitted to the University of Tartu with 4,382 for Bachelor’s studies, 1,471 for Master’s studies, and 379 for Doctoral studies. Those aspiring to study at the University have submitted the highest number of applications for the curriculum of medical science, which has doubled the amount of internship, and for the specialty of IT.
A total of 565 applications have been submitted for the curriculum of medical science. This is followed by the Bachelor’s course in information technology with 257 applications and legal studies based in Tartu with 245 applications. The next popular specialties are physiotherapy, dentistry, and psychology.
Martin Hallik, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs of the University of Tartu, expressed his satisfaction over receiving applications from both fresh gymnasium graduates, as well as those already active in the labour market who see high-quality education that matches their strengths in the flexible and wide-based teaching at the University of Tartu.
Professor Jaak Vilo, Head of the Institute of Computer Sciences, was happy about the applications received and confirmed the perspective of the direction chosen by the applicants. “The area of IT has shown the strongest demand in the labour market throughout the years, with the wages among the highest in Estonia as well. Since the IT sector of Estonia is still proportionally half in size compared to even more successful IT countries, and the importance of IT in the world continues to increase, there is no need to fear a decrease in opportunities in this area,” Vilo found. According to Vilo, the internationalised and active IT education provided at the University of Tartu has attracted attention in Estonia as well as abroad, which supports the decision of young people to come and pass the Bachelor’s course as well as the international Master’s course later.
Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of the Republic of Estonia, also advised to study information technology, among other things, in the speech given at the reception for the best students in Kadriorg, because in the future, specialties will no longer be simply specific and narrow areas, but, according to the President, professional knowledge will undoubtedly be added to the status of an information technology specialist.
According to Kaja Karo, Chief Admission Specialist of the University of Tartu, scholarships created by the University of Tartu and supported by other organisations also encourage people to apply for the specialties of natural and exact sciences, including the curricula of information technology and software technology. “The amount of the scholarships paid to the best students reaches 400 euros per month for the students to be able to concentrate on their studies and show high results,” said Karo.
2,415 and 1,370 new students will be admitted to 71 Bachelor’s and 87 Master’s courses, respectively.