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University of Tartu

The University of Tartu is a rapidly developing international research university, the centre of academic spirit in Estonia as a national university, and a leader in social development.

Uni Tartu

The University, which is based in Tartu, Estonia, has an enrollment of over 14 000 degree students, including over 1800 international students from all over the world.

The University of Tartu was founded in 1632 and therefore is the oldest institution of higher education in Estonia. The University of Tartu now includes four faculties: arts and humanities, social sciences, medicine, and science and technology.

The University of Tartu belongs to the top 1,2% of the world’s universities according to the QS World University Rankings 2022 and is the highest-ranked University in Estonia.

The University of Tartu is a member of several reputable international networks and alliances, such as ENLIGHT (, the Coimbra Group (, Utrecht Network ( and The Guild (

The vision for future circular colliders that could operate after the LHC is one of the largest international scientific projects that has ever been undertaken, and provides an ideal testbed for the University of Tartu’s nascent ideas for the sustainable development and operation of these machines. Profiting from the University of Tartu’s expertise, the MoU will offer to the FCC project the long-term support that it needs, and Estonia, as an associate member will get a tangible return on its investment in basic science