In the reputable QS World University Rankings, published yesterday, the University of Tartu has risen to its highest ever ranking, the 285th position. The result is sixteen places higher than last year. Since 2014, the university has climbed 176 places in the rankings.
In the process of preparing the ranking list, Quacquarelli Symonds – an international company specialising in the analysis of higher education institutions around the world – uses six indicators: the academic and employer reputation of the university, the faculty-to-student ratio, the impact of published work, citations per academic staff member and the ratio of international students and international staff.
Founded in 1632 by the Swedish King, Gustav II Adolph, the University of Tartu is the oldest and largest university in Estonia both in terms of numbers of staff and students, and the volume of its teaching, research and development activities. Most of the university is located in Tartu, the second biggest town in Estonia; however, it also has colleges in Pärnu, Viljandi and Narva.
Three Estonian universities in the global 1,000
Two more Estonian universities are ranked – Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) is ranked in 651-700 (a fall by 50 positions compared with the previous year) and Tallinn University in the 801-1,000 bracket.
For the ranking, QS analysed 1,620 universities and ranked 1,002 of them. The top five universities are the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Harvard University, the California Institute of Technology (all US) and the University of Oxford (UK).
The rankings are available on QS World University Rankings website.
Source: University of Tartu