About the university
The University of Tartu (UT) is Estonia's leading centre of research and training. It preserves the culture of the Estonian people and spearheads the country's reputation in research and provision of higher education. The UT belongs to the top 1.2% of world's best universities.
As Estonia's national university, the UT stresses the importance of international cooperation and partnerships with reputable research universities all over the world. The robust research potential of the university is evidenced by the fact that the University of Tartu has been invited to join the Coimbra Group, a prestigious club of renowned research universities.
The UT includes four faculties. To support and develop the professional competence of its students and academic staff, the university has entered into bilateral cooperation agreements with 72 partner institutions in 26 countries.
The University of Tartu was founded in 1632 by the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus. It was initially called Academia Dorpatensis. The necessary preparations for creating a university in Tartu (then Dorpat) were made by Johan Skytte, governor general of Livonia.
Academia Dorpatensis, modelled after the University of Uppsala in Sweden, was intended to pursue research and advance learning in a wide variety of disciplines. The University of Tartu has continued to adhere to this approach throughout the centuries, and remains today the only classical university in Estonia. Research at the UT focuses on subjects as diverse as medicine and philosophy, genetics and computer science.
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