Together with the technology, chemistry and biomedical institutes it is situated at the natural science campus, which is cca 10 min by bus or 30 min walk from the historical center of Tartu.
Tartu is the second largest city of Estonia and is often called the "intellectual capital" of Estonia. Around 20% of the population are students, which makes Tartu as well the student capital of Estonia. Most of them attend the University of Tartu, which was founded in 1632, and is now a leading research university, ranking highest in the New Europe.
Science in Tartu
There is a long history of science and physics in Tartu, which was probably the first place to teach Newton’s Principia in a university course. The astronomer Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve pioneered to measure accurately the distance to the nearby star Vega, working with the most powerful telescope of the time at Tartu Observatory.