The university in figures
The University of Tartu (UT) belongs to the top 1.2% of the world's best universities by ranking 285th in the QS World University Rankings 2020 and within the 251–300 range in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2021. The UT is placed 2nd in the QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia (QS EECA University Rankings 2021). See also: UT in the rankings.
- Founded in 1632 by King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden (read more on UT history)
- The first university to teach in Estonian since 1919
- Four faculties – the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty Science and Technology
- 55 bachelor's, 71 master's and 33 doctoral study programmes available in the academic year 2020/2021, including 27 programmes in English (apply now!)
- Around 13,000 students (including around 1,700 international students from 90 countries)
- 111 PhD theses defended annually
- 3,602 employees, 51% of them on academic positions
- 72 partner universities in 26 countries
- 211 international academic and research members
- According to the Web of Science by Clarivate Analytics, the University of Tartu belongs to the top 1% of the world's most-cited universities and research institutions. About 50 UT researchers belong to the top 1% of most-cited researchers in the world (read more on UT science in numbers).
- According to the 2020 report by Clarivate Analytics, the 6,000 most cited researchers of the world included the following researchers from the University of Tartu:
Professor in Mycology Urmas Kõljalg,
Research Professor in Mycorrhizal Studies Leho Tedersoo,
Professor in Environmental Physics Heikki Junninen,
Professor of Plant Ecology Martin Zobel,
Research Professor in Community Ecology Mari Moora,
Research Professor in Molecular Ecology Maarja Öpik,
Senior Research Fellow in Biodiversity Informatics Kessy Abarenkov, and
Senior Research Fellow in Molecular Ecology Mohammad Bahram.
- Nobel Prize in 1909 (Wilhelm Ostwald, founder of Physical Chemistry)
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