Times Higher Education: University of Tartu is the best university in New Europe
The British weekly magazine Times Higher Education (THE) has just published its latest New Europe ranking, in which the University of Tartu ranks the first. In this table, THE ranks the 53 best research universities of the 13 member states that accessed the European Union after 2004.
The University of Tartu is followed in the ranking by two universities from Cyprus, the Charles (Karl) University in Prague; the fifth is Semmelweis University in Budapest. The other Estonian university that made it to the rankings, Tallinn University of Technology, ranks the 18th. The Czech Republic has the largest number of universities in the ranking (13). The table also includes 12 universities from Poland and five from Romania.
“In its strategic plan and activities, the University of Tartu does not focus on achievement of high places in rankings, but this news is definitely very pleasant,” the University of Tartu Vice Rector for Development Erik Puura commented on the THE result. “It means that development at our university and in Estonia has been faster than elsewhere in the New Europe.”
Puura also admitted that in the organisation of leading research universities The Guild, to which the University of Tartu belongs since 2016, the university’s message is that the division of European countries into the Old and the New Europe is increasingly relative. “In Estonia, we rather follow the pace of the Nordic countries and in that competition, we still have a long way to go,” he said.
According to Puura, the University of Tartu’s success relies on strong research, science-based studies, and internationalisation, which is primarily based on competitive international curricula. Also service to the society is important, including business cooperation and development of startups and spin-offs. “A guarantee to all this is the living environment and the academic atmosphere of the city of Tartu,” Puura added.
To compile the ranking, THE uses the same methodology as the one used for THE World University Rankings. Thirteen performance indicators are employed, which describe learning environment, research influence, volume of research, academic reputation, income, innovation and international outlook.
The Times Higher Education is one of the most recognised compilers of university rankings. The World University Ranking that THE has published annually since 2004 is considered the most reputable and objective ranking, comparing research universities based on all the main fields of activity.
Further information: Lauri Randveer, UT Senior Specialist for International Cooperation, 737 5510, lauri.randveer [ät] ut.ee