The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA is the best university in the world, followed by Harvard University and the British University of Cambridge.
Only three German universities are among the top 100 universities in the world: the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (rank 50 worldwide), the Technische Universität München (53) and the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (LMU).
This is the result of the new worldwide university graduation 2013 of the renowned company QS Quacquarelli Symonds, based in London, which specializes in education and science consulting. QS has assessed more than 800 universities, including nearly 30,000 employers and 62,000 academics from the scientific community.
In addition, the evaluation of the course offer, the number of citations of the respective university in professional journals, the proportion of teachers and students and the proportion of foreign students and professors at the respective university were included in the assessment. “The real weaknesses of the German universities are, for example, the comparatively low censuses in international trade journals and the internationality of the German universities,” said QS head of study Ben Sowter of the “World”.
In the field of human sciences, Berlin is leading
In addition to an overall assessment, QS also offers a classification of the world’s universities in five different disciplines: humanities, engineering, human sciences, medicine, natural sciences and social sciences with economics. The Humboldt University in Berlin (22) and the Freie Universität Berlin (28) are leading in the field of humanities.
In engineering, the Technische Universität München (17), the RWTH Aachen (28) and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT (33) are in the forefront in Germany. According to ranking, the best medical faculties are located here in Heidelberg (29), Munich (34), Tübingen (74) and Freiburg (80).
The TU Munich (15), followed by the LMU Munich (18) and the KIT (34), are leading in the field of natural sciences. The University of Mannheim (61) and the LMU Munich (68) are among Germany’s leading companies in the field of social sciences and economics.
In the past few years, there has been little change in the placement of German universities across the world. The universities in Heidelberg, the TU Munich and the LMU Munich were the only German universities among the top 100 in the past year.