Political science and international studies are the best specialties of UT
In QS World University Rankings by subject, the highest ranking subject at University of Tartu (UT) was political sciences and international studies (101–150).
Professor Eiki Berg of the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, said that the elevated position in the ranking is a quality label for the political scientists of University of Tartu, who have made international breakthroughs throughout the last 20 years.
“We have been noticed - our research is read and quoted. There has been a growing appetency for our masters programs. It is a great acknowledgment to all my colleagues who have contributed to conducting research and teaching on high-level political and international relations. We are not only the best in Estonia, but we are at the same level with colleagues from Helsinki, Glasgow, Utrecht and York,” added Berg.
The Head of Skytte Institute, Mihkel Solvak, said that this news came only partly as a surprise to him, as the Institute has had a goal of greater internationalization for the last several years, an evolution that has brought quality growth to both science and learning. “This has been a rather long process. The institute has become internationally attractive for both master and research staff, and the high position in the top rank is proof of it,” added Solvak.
QS that comprises some of the most well-known international university rankings has also been ranking universities by subject (altogether 48 subjects) since 2011. The number of ranked universities per subject varies between 50 (e.g. dentistry, library management and veterinary) and 600 (e.g. chemistry, physics and computer sciences).
When ranking universities, QS considers reputation among researchers and employers as well as bibliometrics from the Scopus database. The percentual importance of the indicators vary across subjects – e.g. in arts and design only reputation is considered but in case of natural sciences with large publication volumes, bibliometrics matter more.
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