The University of Tartu is known for its high reputation of the quality of studies and research. Students choose our university, because they can count on the excellent reputation of the diploma they receive upon graduation.
The University of Tartu is one of the oldest universities in Northern and Eastern Europe. It was founded in 1632 by King Gustavus Adoplhus of Sweden. The university, modelled after the University of Uppsala in Sweden, was intended to pursue research and advance learning in a wide variety of disciplies. It has continued to adhere to this tradition.
The University of Tartu is the leading centre of research and training and the only classical university in Estonia. It preserves the culture and language of the Estonian people. For many Estonians higher education equals with the University of Tartu.
he University of Tartu belongs to the top 3% of world’s best universities (THE World University Rankings) and is in the top 10 of the best universities in the Eastern region (Interfax). It is the highest ranked university in the Baltics.
Estonian science, led by the University of Tartu, belongs to the upper 50% of the world’s countries in all 22 fields of research specified in the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) database. According to the ESI, the University of Tartu has reached the top 1% of the most-cited universities and scientific institutions in environmental sciences and ecology, clinical medicine, plant and animal science, and chemistry.
The University of Tartu is the strongest research university in Estonia. It is the only Baltic university that has been invited to join the Coimbra Group, a prestigious club of reowned research universities, and it also belongs to the Utrecht Network. The university’s hall of fame includes physicists Moritz Hermann Jacobi and Emil Lenz, chemists Carl Claus and Wilhelm Ostwald, physiologist Carl Schmidt, pharmacist Johan Georg Dragendorff, anatomist August Rauber, naturalist Karl Ernst von Baer, founder of cultural semiotics Juri Lotman, and many more.
High-level research is conducted as well by the university’s Centres of Excellence. 2 research teams have been granted the The European Research Council (ERC) grant. UT is an innovative R&D partner for small entreprises and multinational corporations.
Satellite EstCube-1 made Estonia the 41st space nation in the world. IdeaLab of the university connects students from different faculties to develop innovative solutions to complex problems.