University of Tartu

The University of Tartu  is Estonia’s leading centre of research and training. Founded in 1632, it is the only university in the Baltics that is ranked in the top 3% of the world’s best universities.

UT is home to more than 17,200 students, including more than 1,000 international students. The university has 1,800 academic employees, including 190 professors, spread across nine faculties in Tartu and four colleges in Pärnu, Viljandi and Narva.  International links are active with 66 partner universities in 24 countries.

World-class research

UT’s world-class research is the foundation for its high-quality education. There were 2,744 scientific articles published by UT scientists in 2012. More than half of Estonia’s 101 PhD theses in 2012 and a similar proportion of Estonian scientific publications were authored by UT students and researchers.

UT belongs to the top 1% of the world’s most-cited universities and research institutions in Clinical Medicine, Chemistry, Environment/Ecology, Plant and Animal Science, Geosciences, Social Sciences, Biology and Biochemistry and Engineering. 20 UT scientists are among the top 1% of the most quoted scientists in the world.

UT is the only Baltic university that has been invited to join the Coimbra Group, a prestigious club of renowned research universities. This follows centuries of superb achievements and standards: The most famous UT scientists include Friedrich Struve (astronomy), Moritz Hermann von Jacobi (physics), Karl Ernst von Baer (embryology), Wilhelm Ostwald (chemistry), Juri Lotman (semiotics) and Paul Ariste (Finno-Ugristics). Wilhelm Ostwald received a Nobel Prize for his work in 1909.

From space to corporate partnerships

Currently the most widely known research project that UT leads is the Estonian Student Satellite Program. Its satellite EstCube-1 was launched in May 2013 making Estonia the 41st space nation in the world.

UT also develops partnerships with companies. In 2012, it signed agreements with 75 companies in the amount of 2.4 million euros. The university works with international corporations such as ImmunoQure, Nordkalk, Pfizer, Jordan Oil Shale Energy Co., Borkraft, and others.

UT offers a wide selection of programs and disciplines for students at all three levels. It participates in several Erasmus Mundus and other joint master’s programs delivered in cooperation with the world’s leading universities.