THE ranking 2013/14: UT is the only university from the Baltic States among 3% of the best universities
Magazine Times Higher Education (THE), the most respected compiler of the rankings of the universities in the world, announced last night the recent ranking of the best universities in the world. In the rankings of 2013/2014, the University of Tartu is continuously the only university from the Baltic States, which is among 3% of the best universities in the world holding its position between 351-400.
According to the rector of the University of Tartu, Prof. Volli Kalm, it is, on the one hand, definitely a recognition of the university family that UT has been among the top universities in the world for three consecutive years, but on the other hand, it is an obligation as we have to consistently make an effort in the development of the study system and research. “International competition in higher education is getting more intense, which means that all universities around the world contribute to their development as well as to improving their visibility and reputation," Volli Kalm adds.
In addition to the reputation research among scientists, THE takes most of all qualitative parameters into account in preparation of the ranking. These parameters describe the studying environment, significance of research, volume of research, research income, innovation and extent of international outlook.
Among the top there are continually USA universities, the first place was similarly to the last year given to California Institute of Technology and the second place is held by Harvard University. The complete ranking is available at THE homepage. Only four Eastern European universities have managed to get a place among 400 top universities of the world. These include the University of Tartu, University of Warsaw, Lomonosov Moscow State University and Charles University in Prague. The European Universities in the rankings have been separately pointed out here.
The rankings of QS World University Rankings 2013/2014, which ranks 800 best universities in the world, was published in September. According to this, the University of Tartu has improved its position in the chart being still among the 500 best universities in the world. The University of Tartu has been positioned in the rankings as a large university, i.e. marked as L-size university. Tallinn University of Technology was the second Estonian university to get a place in the rankings for the first time. It also holds a position among the 500 best universities. Tallinn Technical University was marked as a medium-sized university in the rankings (M-size). More information about QS rankings is available at their homepage.
Additional information: Virve-Anneli Vihman, the Adviser on Internationalisation at UT, phone: 737 6191, 5349 6820, e-mail: virve.vihman [ät] ut.ee.