University of Tartu placed 347 in the QS World University Rankings—this is the highest position an Estonian university has held since the first ranking was published in 2012. Last year UT positioned as 400 in the ranking. This year however UT improved its position for five of the six QS indicators, including academic reputation which improved 22 places, employer reputation which improved more than 50 places and citations per faculty which improved two places.
The second Estonian university in the ranking is Tallinn University of Technology which placed among 601–650, holding the same position as last year. Massachusetts Institute of Technology is the world’s best university according to the QS ranking for the fifth consecutive year. It is followed by Stanford University and Harvard University respectively.
The QS ranks universities on the basis of the institution’s academic reputation, the student-to-faculty ratio and citations per faculty member. The university’s reputation among employers and the international student and faculty ratio have a smaller but still important role. Over 70,000 academics and over 35,000 employers’ responses contributed towards the results, making both surveys the largest of their kind in the world. More than 4,300 institutions were considered for evaluation and 916 were overall ranked.
The complete QS World University Rankings 2016/17 is available here.