High Science Potential

Tartu has been an educational and science centre of northern Europe since the 17th century when the first university in Estonia, the University of Tartu, was founded. For centuries Tartu has been able to maintain its special aura of openness. It has attracted people from all over the world to come and live, work and study here.

Tartu is a university town and known as a centre of education in Estonia. In addition to Tartu University, founded in 1632, two more large institutions of higher education are located here: the Estonian University of Life Sciences and the Baltic Defence College. Tartu has a total of 16 institutions of higher education. Tartu Vocational Education Centre offers vocational training in the following fields – IT and construction fields, electricity, food technology, metal works, sewing etc.

Since 2001, Tartu has been the seat of the Ministry of Education of Estonia. Tartu is also an internationally known research town. The research institutions of Tartu practically represent all the trends and fields of science of Estonia – Institute of Physics, Institute of Technology, Estonian Marine Institute etc.

The majority of Estonian life sciences and medicine R&D activities are concentrated in Tartu. Also, more than 60% of the total Estonian research potential is concentrated in Tartu.