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The University of Tartu ff Ranked in the top 3% of the world’s universities and #1 in Baltics (351–400 ranking in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE) 2011– 2012)

ff Rising star: likely to rise to the top 200 world’s best universities (THE 2011–2012)

ff i-Graduate ‘International Student Barometer’: 90% satisfaction with experience in Estonia (2011)

ff Estonia rated #1 place to stay (Erasmus Student Network Survey 2011)

ff World class research: UT belongs to the top 1% of world’s the most-cited universities and research institutions in 9 research areas (Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge 2011)

ff One of the oldest universities in Northern and Eastern Europe (established in 1632)

ff A vital student body: four centuries of student traditions

ff UT website ranked in the top 2% (Webometrics Ranking of World Universities 2012)

FACTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS ff

Over 18,000 students total, incl. 4,700 MA, 1,500 PhD students

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ver 850 international students from 55 countries (around O 550 international degree students)

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70 Bachelor’s, 80 Master’s and 35 doctoral degree programs 10 full English-language curricula plus 6 joint programmes 3,600 total staff, 1,700 academic staff over 60 partner universities in more than 20 countries


UT in a Nutshell FACULTIES Faculty of Theology Faculty of Law Faculty of Medicine Faculty of Philosophy Faculty of Exercise and Sport Sciences Faculty of Science and Technology Faculty of Economics and Business Administration Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science Faculty of Social Sciences and Education

COLLEGES The university has four colleges, three of which are located outside Tartu and act as regional outreach centers for studies, research and creative activities: Viljandi Culture Academy: joining together folk traditions with modern culture and enterpreneurship Narva College: oriented toward issues of a multicultural and multilingual society and education. P채rnu College: focusing on services and entrepreneurship, specialising in the social sphere and tourism. Euro College: centered on European Union and Russian Studies, located in Tartu.


Studies Studies at UT involve high-quality, research-based teaching and international cooperation. The high standards of the Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programmes are proven by the graduates’ competitiveness – both domestically and internationally. One of the most renowned international chart of universities, Times Higher Education World University Rankings singles UT out as the only Baltic University among the top 3% universities of the world in 2011−2012. The university has nine faculties and four colleges with 18,000 students – nearly a quarter of the whole Estonian university student population.

A quarter of all first-year students at the University of Tartu received medals for excellence or achieved top results in national subject competitions upon graduating from high school.

The higher education offered at the University of Tartu is international by nature. Degree programmes include lectures in foreign languages, with participation by lecturers and scholars from abroad, creating an international study environment for domestic as well as international students.


Over 850 international students from more than 55 countries study at UT.

According to the European Exchange Student Network (ESN) Survey of international students’ study and living experiences, Estonia had the highest responses in Europe for satisfaction with the living environment and support services offered. Degree Programmes taught in English Bachelor programme: Business Administration Master programmes: Applied Measurement Science Baltic Sea Region Studies Design and Development of Virtual Environments European Union - Russian Studies Financial and Actuarial Mathematics Semiotics Wellness and Spa Service Design and Management Software Engineering Sound Engineering Arts PhD programmes in all faculties, scholarships available.


Research The University of Tartu is Estonia’s leading centre of research and development. 60% of all doctoral dissertations in Estonia are defended at UT (2011 was a record year, with 152 PhDs awarded). More than half of all Estonian scientific publications are written by researchers at UT. In recent years, UT has belonged in the top 1% of the world’s universities and research institutions (according to the Thomson Reuters Web of Science) in the fields of: Clinical Medicine Chemistry Environmental Science and Ecology Plant and Animal Science Geosciences Social Sciences (general) Biology and Biochemistry Engineering Molecular Biology and Genetics The university participates as a coordinator or partner in more than 100 international research and development projects.


UT is the leader or a partner in ten out of twelve national centres of research excellence. The centres of excellence are closely connected to doctoral studies. The University of Tartu participates in eleven of Estonia’s thirteen graduate schools. The UT science news portal Novaator has over 10,000 visitors each week.

As a popularizer of forward-looking thought and a developer of innovation, the university builds new technologies in co-operation with enterprises and supports creating and nurturing startup companies.


Enterprise The majority of Estonian research and development in various fields is conducted by the faculties, colleges and institutes of the University of Tartu, ranging from modern technologies in medicine to engineering. The university’s network of partners is impressive and broad – UT supports SME’s and corporations, as well as the development of municipal and public institutions. In 2011, UT concluded research and development contracts worth 1,39 million euros with the business sector. The University of Tartu connects entrepreneurs with academic staff and students to realise creative ideas and apply jointly for project funding. In recent years, UT’s cooperation with small and mediumsized businesses in Estonia and abroad has expanded considerably. Currently UT has cooperation projects with more than 100 business partners, both domestic and international. In 2011, UT’s cooperation with new SME partners more than doubled from 2010. Businesses are interested primarily in the analysis, testing and product development services provided by UT.


International Co-operation Only through international contacts, dissemination and collaboration can a university maintain the high caliber and reputation that UT has gained. Institutional co-operation with bilateral partners extends from the Baltic Sea area to North America, East Asia and Australia. These partnerships support activities from student exchange to joint study programmes and research collaboration. UT has 60 partner universities in more than 20 countries To encourage student mobility and expand exchange opportunities, UT has 700 Erasmus student and teacher exchange agreements with partners in Europe. In addition, the university actively participates in collaborative international university networks, such as the Coimbra Group and the Utrecht Network, European University Association (EUA) and the Baltic Sea Region Universities Network (BSRUN). UT’s international reputation is reflected in its distinguished guest list – in recent years Tartu has hosted public lectures by UT honorary doctor Umberto Eco, Nobel prize winners Sir Tim Hunt and Edmond H. Fischer, Robert Gallo, Ronald Inglehart and many other reputed scholars, heads of state and great thinkers.


Organization The University of Tartu is governed by an 11-member Council and a Senate of 22 members. The Council is the highest decision-making body in the university, responsible for financial activities and long-term development. The Senate is the main academic board of the University, responsible for academic and R&D activities and assuring their high quality. UT has around 3,600 members of staff, including over 1,700 academic staff.

6% of the academic staff are international, hailing from 34 different countries.


Traditions Student life at the University of Tartu draws energy and inspiration from four centuries of student traditions. The whole town is involved in various student events through the year, culminating with the city-wide Student Spring Days and Autumn Days. Celebrating Walpurgis Night on the Eve of May Day is one of the biggest student parties and includes a great parade of academic student organizations. When it’s warm outside, the hot spot of student life moves to Pirogov Park, located behind the Tartu Town Hall. Studying there is a venerable student tradition among undergraduates, often alongside picnics and beer. Each autumn, new students are introduced to the town and the university during Orientation Week. The anniversary of UT as Estonia’s National University is celebrated annually on December 1st, when students and staff are united in a grand procession. Bearing torches, they climb Toome Hill with a brass band, forming a flowing river of fire in the twilight. The evening concludes with a festive anniversary ball.


History The University of Tartu is one of the oldest universities in Northern Europe, established by the Swedish king Gustav II Adolf in 1632. The Great Northern War forced the university to cease activities in the 18th century, but it was reopened in 1802 during the reign of the Russian tsar Alexander I. The University of Tartu was the only German-language university in the Russian Empire, and it functioned as a bridge between German and Russian cultures. Distinguished scholars of nature and society worked and studied here. The university was temporarily closed down again during World War I, to be reopened on December 1, 1919, as the first Estonianlanguage university in the world – the Estonian National University.


The University of Tartu is proud of world-famous scholars who have studied, lectured and worked here. Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve (1793–1864) was professor of Astronomy at UT and Director of the Observatory. He was the first astonomer to calculate the distance of a star from the Earth and the initiator of the famous Struve Geodetic Arc, which is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Karl Ernst von Baer (1792–1876) is the founding father of Embryology; he discovered the mammalian ovum. He graduated from UT and worked as a professor in Königsberg.

Friedrich Wilhelm Ostwald (1853–1932) won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1909, and is known as one of the founders of Physical Chemistry. He studied at UT and defended his Master’s and doctoral theses here. Juri Lotman (1922–1993), a semiotician, founded the worldfamous Tartu-Moscow School of Semiotics, widely known for its Sign Systems Studies series, the world’s oldest periodical publication on semiotics. Lotman’s printed works are widely cited; their number exceeds 800 titles.


Tartu Tartu is a city of youth – out of a population of 100,000, one out of five residents is a student. The city and university are deeply entwined, and university buildings make up a good part of Tartu’s city center. Tartu provides a stimulating environment for research and studies, both within the university walls and beyond. The UT Academic Sports Club provides top-notch facilities to keep the mind and body balanced. The University includes three museums, an art gallery and Botanical Garden (one of the oldest in the world, established in 1803), all open to the public, with a varied schedule of exhibitions and events.

UT’s choirs have been widely praised at home and abroad. In 2010, UT re-established its own symphony orchestra.

UT’s Library is the largest research library in Estonia, with more than 3.7 million items.

Tartu is famous for its bohemian, youthful, studentfriendly atmosphere. The city center area is covered by free WiFi. The central river running through town, leafy Toome Hill and other parks in the city center, as well as distinctive eateries, cafes and taverns, all add to a sense of well-being and mental calm. Welcome!


CONTACTS FACULTY OF THEOLOGY Phone: +372 737 5300 E-mail: us@ut.ee www.us.ut.ee

FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Phone: +372 737 5820 E-mail: lote@ut.ee www.lote.ut.ee

FACULTY OF LAW Phone: +372 737 5390 E-mail: oi@ut.ee www.oi.ut.ee

FACULTY OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Phone: +372 737 6310 E-mail: majandus@ut.ee www.mtk.ut.ee

FACULTY OF MEDICINE Phone: +372 737 5326 E-mail: arst@ut.ee www.med.ut.ee

FACULTY OF MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE Phone: +372 737 5860 E-mail: math@ut.ee www.math.ut.ee

FACULTY OF PHILOSOPHY Phone: +372 737 5341 E-mail: filos@ut.ee www.fl.ut.ee

FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND EDUCATION Phone: +372 737 5957 E-mail: sh@ut.ee www.sh.ut.ee

FACULTY OF EXERCISE AND SPORT SCIENCES Phone: +372 737 5360 E-mail: kkdek@ut.ee www.kk.ut.ee


EURO COLLEGE Phone: +372 737 5645 E-mail: euro@ec.ut.ee www.ec.ut.ee NARVA COLLEGE Phone: +372 356 0608 E-mail: college@narva.ut.ee www.narva.ut.ee PÄRNU COLLEGE Phone: +372 445 0520 E-mail: info@pc.ut.ee www.pc.ut.ee VILJANDI CULTURE ACADEMY Phone: +372 435 5232 E-mail: kultuur@ut.ee www.kultuur.edu.ee ESTONIAN GENOME CENTER Phone: +372 744 0220 www.geenivaramu.ee GIFTED AND TALENTED DEVELOPMENT CENTRE Phone: +372 737 5581 E-mail: teaduskool@ut.ee www.teaduskool.ut.ee STUDENT UNION Phone: +372 737 5400 E-mail: info@tyye.ee www.tyye.ee LIBRARY Phone: +372 737 5702 E-mail: library@utlib.ee www.utlib.ee


BOTANICAL GARDEN Phone: +372 737 6218 E-mail: botaed@ut.ee www.ut.ee/botaed

UT MUSEUMS University of Tartu History Museum Phone: +372 737 5674 E-mail: ajaloomuuseum@ut.ee www.ajaloomuuseum.ut.ee Tartu Old Observatory Phone: 737 6932 E-mail: ring@obs.ee www.obs.ee Art Museum Phone: +372 737 5384 E-mail: kmm@ut.ee www.ut.ee/artmuseum Natural History Museum Phone: +372 737 6235 E-mail: loodusmuuseum@ut.ee www.natmuseum.ut.ee


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August 2012

University of Tartu  

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