University of Tartu (UTARTU)

UTARTU is Estonia's leading centre of research and training. It preserves the culture of the Estonian people and spearheads the country's reputation in research and provision of higher education. UTARTU belongs to the top 3% of world's best universities.

As Estonia's national university, UTARTU stresses the importance of international co-operation and partnerships with reputable research universities all over the world. The robust research potential of the university is evidenced by the fact that it is the only Baltic university that has been invited to join the Coimbra Group, a prestigious club of renowned research universities.

UTARTU includes nine faculties and four colleges. To support and develop the professional competence of its students and academic staff, the university has entered into bilateral co-operation agreements with 64 partner institutions in 23 countries.

The University of Tartu was founded in 1632 by the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus. It was initially called Academia Dorpatensis.


  • 9 faculties and 4 colleges
  • 71 bachelor, 87 master and 35 doctoral study programmes
  • 16,000 students (including over 1000 international students from 70 countries)
  • More than 1,450 doctoral students and 114 doctoral defences in 2013 (more than a half of all Estonia's doctoral defences)
  • 3,800 employees, including 1,800 academic employees (180 professors)
  • 69 partner universities in 26 countries
  • Over 34,000 research publications (including 7,500 in the ISI Web of Science)
  • According to information on the ISI Web of Science, the University of Tartu belongs to the top 1% of the world's most-cited universities and research institutions in the fields of Clinical Medicine, Chemistry, Environment/Ecology, Plant and Animal Science, Geosciences, Social Sciences (general), Biology and Biochemistry and Engineering.
  • A total of 20 UT scientist belong to the top 1% of most quoted scientists in the world (read more on UT Science in Numbers).

Budget volume of 145.9 million euros.

UTARTU runs relevant study programmes:

*Bachelor level: Computer engineering students study for the first semester of substances which give a good knowledge of the natural sciences, mathematics, computer hardware and programming. Strong emphasis is on practical work. Information Technology subjects (object-oriented programming, algorithms and data structures, operating systems, databases, network technology, etc.), the students will acquire skills in the use of software and network programming. Electronic and Computer Engineering materials (electrical circuits, analog and digital electronics, digital logic and signal processing, computer architecture, computer components, embedded systems, microprocessors, etc.), will present the principles of operation of electronic equipment.

*Master level: Master’s programme in Robotics and Computer Engineering(fully in English) trains highly qualified roboticists, computer and space engineers. The programme provides broad knowledge in the field of robotics, computer engineering or space technology. Graduates can work in enterprises or research and development centres connected to their field of study.

*Doctoral Level: Engineering and Technology PhD programme