University of Tartu retains title of most prestigious university in Estonia

A recent survey of the reputation of universities conducted by Kantar Emor confirmed that the University of Tartu (UT) remains the most prestigious university in Estonia.

85% of the respondents to this year’s survey considered UT the most prestigious university in Estonia, which means that it continues to enjoy an excellent reputation which is continually improving. In addition, 90% of those aged 15-74 named UT as the first Estonian institution of higher education that comes to mind. This excellent reputation and spontaneous popularity show the stable leading position of UT in the field of Estonian higher education.

UT is most highly appreciated for the quality of the education it offers. Representatives of different age groups continue to consider a UT diploma (which is highly regarded on the labour market) and the university’s credibility to be very important. Successful alumni of UT whose current positions and activities represent the skills and knowledge they acquired at the university are also noted as significant pillars of its reputation.

In subject rankings, computer science continues to lead while technical subjects are also gaining in popularity. Over the past five years, the top five has included health care/medicine, law, business and economics, which continue to maintain their high positions.

“I’m really happy that the University of Tartu is active in modern areas of technology like computer science and informatics, IT law, entrepreneurship and innovation, gene technology and material science, which are considered subjects full of potential by the general public in Estonia as well,” said Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs Mart Noorma. “The fact that UT is contributing to these fields can also be seen in the fact that Delta – the new study and research building of the School of Economics and Business Administration, Institute of Computer Science and Institute of Mathematics and Statistics – is due for completion in autumn 2019.”

The students of today and tomorrow view the University of Tartu as a strong and secure choice for the future, which in addition to high-quality education offers varied student life and spirit and a sense of community.

The Kantar Emor reputation survey is the most anticipated survey among universities. This year a total of 1372 people age 15-74 took part.

More information: Mart Noorma, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, UT, +372 52 39 159,

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