Estonian universities keep showing good results in the world university ranking


The University of Tartu (UT) has improved its position in the prestigious QS World University Rankings, reaching 314th place and its highest position at QS ranking system. Compared to 2015, UT has moved up a total of 65 places. Considering the fact that there are nearly 26,000 universities in the world, this places UT among the top 1.2% of universities in the world. Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ) has kept its position on 601-650th place since 2015. Among the Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) universities, TTÜ is in the 30th position and UT is in the 5th position. 

The international consultation firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), which prepares the list, uses six indicators when ranking universities: the university’s reputation among academic leaders and employers (40% and 10% of the total mark respectively); ratio of academic staff to students (20%); the influence of scientific publications, i.e. the number of references per academic employee (20%); and the ratio of foreign students and foreign employees (5% of the total mark each). The University of Tartu improved its result in the ranking of four indicators. An especially big rise was recorded in employer reputation where the school climbed 90 places.

Subject ranking

The QS World University Rankings by Subject ranks the world’s universities by 46 subjects. The Estonian University of Life Sciences is one of the top 100 universities (ranked 51 to 100) in the world in the field of agriculture and forestry .

Rankings show that the best subjects in UT are Linguistics and Philosophy holding 101st position, which are followed by Archeology (151-200), and Communication and Media studies (151-200).    

Strong competition to be included in the rankings

When preparing the list, QS took 4000 universities into consideration, of which 980 were listed. First place went once again to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by Stanford University and Harvard University. The University of Cambridge, ranked fifth, is the best-performing European university.

The full list is visible on the QS World University Rankings 2017/18 website and full overview of the ranking method is available on the QS website.