Survey: Young people ranked TTÜ as the most preferred university in Estonia
The latest survey conducted by the market research company Turu-uuringute AS indicates that 72% of the school-leavers prefer Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ) for continuing their studies; this is the highest figure among the Estonian universities.
According to the university and speciality selection survey, 72 % of this year's upper secondary school graduates prefer TTÜ and 67 % prefer the University of Tartu for continuing their studies. TTÜ was the first choice for 36% and the University of Tartu for 33% of the school-leavers. These were followed by Tallinn University (preferred by 10% of the school-leavers) and foreign universities in general (preferred by 5% of the school-leavers). Compared to the previous survey conducted in 2011, preference of TTÜ as the first choice has increased by 11 percentage points, preference of the University of Tartu has, however, decreased by 14 percentage points and preference of Tallinn University has decreased by 4 percentage points.
According to Karin Reivart, Research Manager of Turu-uuringute AS, approximately 50% of the boys prefer TTÜ as their first choice, girls however prefer the University of Tartu. "As for different regions, TTÜ is most popular in Tallinn, Harju County and Ida-Viru County and the University of Tartu in Tartu County and South-Estonia," Reivart said. "In West-Estonia the result is more or less equal."
According to the survey, nearly 50% of the young people select the university in the 12th grade and 17% after disclosure of the results of the state examinations. The main criterion in the selection of a university is compliance of the specialities taught with the interests of the young people - this is important for 91 % of the school-leavers interviewed. Other important criteria are the high level of education provided at the university (57%) and good reputation of the university (52%). Also, nearly 50% of the young people are of the opinion that the speciality must correspond to their skills and abilities, be special in the society and promising and ensure a stable job after completion of studies.
The graduates rank medicine and informatics together with business information technology as the two most popular specialities. According to the survey, these are followed by construction and architecture, pedagogy, social work, mechatronics and integrated engineering, law and economics and international relations. The overwhelming majority of the boys ranked IT, mechatronics and construction and architecture highest, whereas the top three in the girls' preferences are medicine, teacher training with social work and law.
According to Heiki Lemba, a member of TTÜ's management team, the survey indicates that young people believe that the biggest advantages of TTÜ are the high level of education, high competitiveness of the alumni in the labour market and TTÜ's focus on technology and engineering. "The perceptions of the young people correspond to the truth, since the unemployment rate is really the lowest among the graduates of TTÜ and approximately 75% of our alumni earn at least the average salary in Estonia immediately after graduation," Lemba said. "According to the survey, the fact that TTÜ is located in the capital in a compact university campus and that the specialities are practically oriented is considered to be a major advantage."
The market research company Turu-uuringute AS conducted this year's university and speciality selection survey from 13 April to 3 May, interviewing 797 school-leavers all over Estonia. Web survey and questionnaires to be filled in on site at schools were used as interviewing methods.
Ain Parmas, TTÜ communication manager, email@example.com , phone +372 620 3597