The latest QS World University Rankings includes 18 subjects taught at the University of Tartu, five more than in 2017.
To compile the rankings, the international consulting company Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) gathers information on 4,000 universities all over the world and ranks just a small part of them. The new subjects of the University of Tartu that made it to the 2018 rankings are law (251–300), geography (151–200), politics and international studies (151–200), sociology (201–250) and history (151–200).
Most of the new entries of the university are subjects taught at its faculty of social sciences – three new places in the rankings. According to Mihkel Solvak, the acting director of the university’s Skytte Institute and in charge of political science and international studies, the institute has become much more internationalised in recent years, with 25% of its employees coming from other countries and three of four master’s curricula being taught in English. “As a result, we have developed an environment in which studies and research in Estonian and English are well combined. Therefore, we are successful in finding foreign funding,” Solvak said in a statement.
All-in-all, the University of Tartu was ranked in the following subject rankings this year: archaeology (151–200), English language and literature (201–250), history (151–200), semiotics (101–150), modern languages (251–300), philosophy (101–150), computer science and information systems (351–400), agriculture and forestry (151–200), biological sciences (301–350), medicine (301–350), pharmacy and pharmacology (251–300), chemistry (401–450), geography (151–200), physics and astronomy (451–500), communication and media studies (151–200), law (251–300), politics and international studies (151–200) and sociology (201–250).
Harvard University again received the most of the first places in the subject rankings, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked the second.
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