University of Tartu is among world's top universities in 13 subjects
Today the international consultation company Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) published its QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, which ranks the world’s universities by 46 subjects. The University of Tartu is represented in the ranking with 13 subjects this year.
Similarly to last year, the highest-ranking is linguistics (101–150), and the same position is held by philosophy, which has re-entered the ranking list after 2015. These disciplines are followed by communication and media studies, represented in the ranking for the sixth year in succession, and archaeology (both on the position 151–200). Among five larger faculties, the highest position – 301st – is held by arts and humanities.
According to head of UT Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics Peeter Torop, such a high evaluation to the department of philosophy results from changes made in the entire institute in recent years. “In the course of the curricula reform we successfully launched the international master’s programme in philosophy, and improved our organisational culture. Job descriptions were prepared for programme managers and heads of departments, and in the department of philosophy, this means effective and meaningful cooperation between coordinators, programme manager and the head,” said Torop. “Philosophers belong among the most successful applicants for research projects in the Humanities and their publications are on a visibly high level. It is this visibility that brings young doctors of philosophy every year to Tartu to apply for post-doctoral studies,” the head of the institute pointed out factors that contribute to developing an excellent academic reputation.
Besides producing the QS World University Rankings, QS has also ranked universities by subjects since 2011 – with the aim of providing the public with comparable information about the strengths of the universities at the level of single subjects. Therefore, it is not a uniform ranking, but 46 separate ones, in which the number of ranked universities varies by subjects from 50 (e.g. stomatology and veterinary medicine) to 500 (e.g. chemistry and computer science).
To compile the rankings, QS takes into account the university’s reputation among researchers and employers of the respective field and bibliometrical indicators (Elsevier’s bibliographical database Scopus is used as a source). The weight of the indicators also varies across subjects. For some subjects (e.g. arts and design) only reputation review results are taken into account, while bibliometrics has more weight in fields of science with larger publication volumes. For the 2017 rankings the data of 4438 universities was analysed. There are 1117 universities who are represented in at least one subject ranking list.
More detailed information about the methodology used for compiling the rankings is available on QS website at: www.iu.qs.com/university-rankings/subject-tables/
In the overall QS World University Rankings in 2016, the University of Tartu was ranked the 347th, which is the highest result achieved by an Estonian university since the rankings were started in 2004.
Lauri Randveer, UT senior specialist for international cooperation, 737 5510, lauri.randveer [ät] ut.ee