The University of Tartu (UT) is Estonia’s leading centre of research and training. It is the only university in the Baltics ranked in the top 2% of the world’s best universities (QS World University Rankings 2016-17). Founded in 1632, UT is the only classical university in Estonia. There are more than 13 000 students studying at UT (incl. 1300 international students (2016)) and UT has 3800 employees (incl. 1800 academic employees (190 professors)). To support and develop the professional competence of its students and academic staff, the university has 71 partner universities in 27 countries.
UT includes 4 faculties and 4 colleges. Most of UT is located in Tartu, the second biggest city in Estonia; however its colleges are located in Pärnu, Viljandi and Narva. Tartu has a population of 100 000, and a fifth of its residents are students.
Tartu is a lively student city. Each academic year starts with freshman days and the highlights of each semester are the Spring and Autumn Student Days, a week-long festival of events especially for students. UT has numerous students clubs and associations, ranging from professional organizations to informal groups. For international students ESN Tartu is the main organization that focuses its attention on international students’ well-being.
UT’s world-class research is the foundation for its high-quality education. There were 2744 scientific articles published by UT scientists in 2012. More than half of Estonian PhD thesis defences (101 Doctoral theses in 2012) and more than half of Estonian scientific publications belong to UT students and scientists. UT belongs to the TOP 1% of the world’s most-cited universities and research institutions in the fields of Clinical Medicine, Chemistry, Environment/Ecology, Plant and Animal Science, Geosciences, Social Sciences (general), Biology and Biochemistry and Engineering. A total of 20 UT scientists belong to the TOP 1% of the most quoted scientists in the world (ISI Web of Science 2016). According to Google Scholar, Marlon Dumas, current UT professor in the field of computer science, is one of the most-cited Estonian scientists.
UT also develops partnerships with companies. In 2012, it entered into new cooperation agreements with 75 companies in the amount of 2,4 million euros. The university cooperates with international enterprises like ImmunoQure GmbH, Nordkalk Corporation, Pfizer Inc, Jordan Oil Shale Energy Co, and Borkraft Ltd etc.
UT offers a wide selection of programmes and unique disciplines for students. UT also participates in several Erasmus Mundus and other joint Master's programmes delivered in cooperation with the world's leading universities. UT follows the Bologna process in the organization of its teaching and Bachelor-Master (3+2) system of study modules. The length of PhD studies is 4 years. Academic year starts on the 1stof September each year.
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