The University of Tartu is the leading university in the Baltics in information technology. It is one of the 250 best universities in the world in the speciality ranking of Times Higher Education in Computer Science. We are doing ground-breaking and internationally recognized research in IT, and many of our researchers are among the best in the world in their field.
The Institute of Computer Science has grown rapidly: our staff reaches nearly 300 people, and more than 90 doctoral students are on their way to a degree. There are 1,400 students here, and every academic year we have more than 220 undergraduate and 220 graduate students. The institute is in the Delta Centre in Tartu, which offers a truly modern environment for studying, researching, and creating new solutions in cooperation with companies and students.
Our institute hosts many traditional events, many of which are aimed at students: every year, there is an Institute Day where research groups present their work and offer thesis topics. At the beginning of the spring semester, you can participate in Delta Career Day with many influential IT companies and employers in Estonia. Vibrant student life is attended by the mathematics and computer science student association MITS. For years, public Data Science Seminars have been organized, where representatives of universities and companies talk about experiences in the development of various information technology fields. Students are welcome to participate in many programs, such as Sandbox, the design thinking and digital product management hotspot in Tartu and the Industrial Master’s programme in IT.
In addition to our primary mission - providing higher education - we also consider general education to be important: for example, there are engaging IT workshops for schools and free e-courses on programming, IT training for teachers and much more.
It is found in the world that Estonian IT specialists combine two qualities - firstly, creativity and secondly, a way of thinking, where emerging obstacles are merely an inspiring and driving force. Despite the small population, the teams that grew up in Estonia have created "unicorns" of the digital age, such as Skype, Playtech, Wise, Pipedrive and Bolt. The future founders and employees of such companies are currently studying computer science.