The University of Tartu (UT) offers 195 research-based graduate and postgraduate degree programs and deals with both fundamental and applied research. 13 400 students (incl. ca 1000 foreign students) study in 4 faculties (Arts and Humanities, Medicine, Science and Technology, Social Sciences).
UT belongs to the top 2% of world’s best universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16, QS World University Rankings 2015-16). UT enhances international collaboration: 71 partner universities (27 countries), member of Coimbra Group, Utrecht Network, European University Association, ScanBalt, etc. and participates ERASMUS since 1999 (in 2015 ca 800 bilateral agreements with 450 universities). UT has extensive academic contacts and collaborative research projects with the universities worldwide. In 2015, the UT’s new research- and study-related foreign financing contracts amounted to 26 million euros and included 205 teaching- and curriculadevelopment-oriented projects and 227 research-oriented projects. In the field of studies, there are currently 24 ongoing projects of the Erasmus programmes, where the UT is currently contributing as a partner and performing the role of a leading partner in 10 projects.
In the Institute of Education of UT are graduated about half of Estonian teachers. It’s Centre for Teacher and Higher Education and Centre for Educational Technology are international research centres with active participation in many R&D projects. About half of the Estonian teachers are educated at the UT. University of Tartu also is one of the two main universities providing teachers’ in-service training in Estonia. The Institute of Education in the Faculty of Social Sciences has strong collaboration with the Institute of Technology and the Institute of Computer Science in the Faculty of Science and Technology, but also with other universities, e.g. with the Tallinn University and Tallinn Technical University in Estonia, University of Utrecht and Twente University in the Netherlands, University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, University of Cyprus in Cyprus, and University of Helsinki and University of Turku in Finland. We also have close cooperation with AHHAA Science Centre that specialises in developing new methods for explaining science and technology to the public and in particular to young people at all educational levels. Pedagogicum of the University of Tartu is coordinating teacher education at the university and ensuring collaboration of teacher education departments and schools. In 2013 Pedagogicum established a Network of Innovation Schools which consists of 23 innovation schools and 34 innovation friends. These form a collaboration body for developing and testing new learning materials and methods but also teacher training. The network is also involved in educational research.