Latest ranking confirms world-class quality of arts and humanities at University of Tartu

The arts and humanities programmes at the University of Tartu have ranked between 251 and 300 in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings table of subjects. The overall ranking of the University of Tartu is between 301 and 350.

“High rankings for the arts and humanities at the University of Tartu in such a renowned international rankings table is a lovely gift for Estonia’s national university on its 100th anniversary,” remarked Professor Margit Sutrop, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Tartu. “I feel the founders of our Estonian-language university would be very proud of us for putting our knowledge on the world map. The success of the arts and humanities is proof that there is no incompatibility between operating as both a national and an international university.”

Sutrop added that the university’s international visibility has certainly been improved by publishing in different languages, organising international conferences, creating English-language MA curricula, recruiting foreign teaching staff, student exchanges and the participation of the University of Tartu researchers in cooperation networks and research projects. She feels that the humanities researchers at the university have found international success because they have made smart use of the opportunities afforded by the university as a Universitas and have worked closely with researchers from other fields.

“In addition to the interdisciplinary consortia established to advance research cooperation, we have created three faculty-based Master’s schools that integrate similar programmes and offer more diverse teaching, supervision and traineeship opportunities to students,” Sutrop said, underscoring the innovativeness of the faculty.

Subject rankings by the British journal Times Higher Education are based on the same methodology it uses for its world university rankings. The calculation takes into consideration 13 performance indicators that describe the learning environment, research influence and volume, academic reputation, revenue, innovation and the scope of internationalisation.

Further information: Margit Sutrop, Dean of UT Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Professor of Practical Philosophy, +372 737 5317, +372 52 07 183,

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