The University of Tartu (UT) and Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) are among the 600 best high-level educational institutions in the world, according to latest ranking.
The list, which was compiled and published by the Times Higher Education (THE) journal for the 12th time this year, is considered the world’s most reputable and objective university ranking, which evaluates world’s research universities by all the core activities. The ranking is based on three sources: an annual reputation survey, the Elsevier publishing house’s data base Scopus, and the data submitted by universities themselves.
13 performance indicators are taken into account in ranking the universities. The indicators describe the learning environment, the scope and influence of published research results, reputation survey results, incomes, and the extent of innovation and internationalization.
Out of two Estonian academic institutions in the list, UT was placed among 351-400 and TUT among 501-600 best universities in the world.
In comparison to other universities, the main strength of the UT is the influence of research publications (number of citations). Its weakest area, however, is income from contracts with enterprises, the ranking said.
With the exception of Switzerland’s ETH Zurich, the top ten is still dominated by Anglo-American institutions, with California Institute of Technology (US), University of Oxford (UK), Stanford University (US), University of Cambridge (UK) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US) taking the five best spots.
With 34 universities in the world's top 200, the UK is still by far the best performer in Europe when it comes to higher education, while Germany and the Netherlands have started to close the gap, with 20 and 12 universities in the top 200 respectively.