Established in 1632, the University of Tartu (UT) is the oldest and largest university in Estonia both in terms of staff and student numbers, as well as the volume of its teaching, research and development activities. As Estonia’s only classical university, UT embraces a wide variety of academic fields, including medicine. In its role as the national university of Estonia, UT has responsibilities to maintain, contribute to, and research the national heritage.

UT is the only university in the Baltic region that belongs to the top 1.2% of the world’s best universities. According to ISI Web of Science, UT belongs to the top 1% of the world's most-cited universities and research institutions. A total of 42 UT’s scientist belong to the top 1% of most cited scientists in the world.

In its research & development activities, UT focuses on five main areas: entrepreneurial and socially responsible society; healthy and active long-lived people; resources and technologies for environmentally friendly economic growth; information and communication technology for developing an innovative society; and the sustainability of the Estonian language and culture in an open world.

As the leading research university in the Baltic region, UT participates in more than 100 international research and development projects as a coordinator or a partner. In recent years, UT has recorded an outstanding success in attracting national and international research funding.

While based in Tartu, UT also operates in Narva, Pärnu, Tallinn, and Viljandi. It also includes three museums and a botanical garden, as well as Estonia’s biggest research library.

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