University of Tartu is one of the top 50 universities with the best coders in the world

HackerRank placed University of Tartu among the top 50 universities with the best coders in the world!  University of Tartu holds 42. place with 83.33 points.

Jaak Vilo, the Head of the Institute of Computer Science commented these results: “It demonstrates our students’ active participation in international competitions, olympiads and hackathons. There are many public competitions in IT with prize funds by various industry giants etc. Students get valuable international experiences out of it, as well a row in their CVs that shows that they are active. This is also what future employers expect from their star developers.”

With early college admissions under way for many universities around the country, HackerRank got to thinking: Which colleges have the best coders in the world?

While there are academic rankings, like the Top Computer Science Programs by US News & World report, there is no list that ranks colleges purely by their students’ ability to code. The criteria for the US News & World Report, for instance, includes number of research papers produced, global research reputation and number of conferences. In fact, practical coding skills aren’t even part of their methodology at all.

HackerRank decided to answer the question: Which universities have students who can roll up their sleeves and code?

At HackerRank, millions of developers, including hundreds of thousands of students, from around the world regularly solve coding challenges to improve their coding skills. In order to figure out which colleges have the best coders, we hosted a major University Rankings Competition. Over 5,500 students from 126 schools from around the world participated in the event. Companies also assess developers’ coding skills using HackerRank to hire great developers.

First, HackerRank defined what it means to be the “best” university. They thought it would be fairest to rank universities based on both number of participants and high scores. Their engineering team created a formula* to rank each university. Each university had to have at least 10 participants to place on the leaderboard.


There are differences with US News & World Report, but  HackerRank University Competition suggest that such traditional academic rankings aren’t the only source of the best coders in the world.

Source: HackerRank, University of Tartu

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