The University of Tartu is the oldest, largest and the only classical university in Estonia with about 14 500 students and 1880 academic staff members. UT includes nine faculties and four colleges.

UT 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. According to information on the ISI Web of Science, UT belongs to the top 1% of the world’s most-cited universities and research institutions, including Social Sciences (general).

Only through international contacts, dissemination and collaboration can a university maintain the high caliber and reputation that UT has gained. Institutional co-operation with bilateral partners extends from the Baltic Sea area to North America, East Asia and Australia. These partnerships support activities from student exchange to joint study programmes and research collaboration. UT has 71 partner institutions in 27 countries.

The University has participated in the framework programmes since the 4th programme. The number of projects in FP7 where the university is participating is close to 100 and includes two ERC grants.