Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Press Release 135/2016

Top Results in International Research Ranking

KIT Is the Best German University in Engineering and Natural Sciences – International Ranking of the National Taiwan University (NTU) Is Based on Publication Data

Of all German universities, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) continues to be the best in engineering and natural sciences. In the overall international ranking of the 500 best universities in the world, KIT reaches place 198. These are the results of the “2016 Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities” that measures research performance of universities based on scientific publications.


As in previous years, KIT ranks in first place of all German universities in natural sciences (place 53 worldwide) and engineering (place 80 worldwide). KIT’s ranking also is excellent with first positions in chemistry (place 50 worldwide), materials sciences (place 62 worldwide), and civil engineering (place 115 worldwide).


In Germany, KIT is in second place in computer sciences, chemical engineering, physics, and earth sciences. KIT is in the top 10 of German universities in environment/ecology and mechanical engineering (place 3), electrical engineering (place 6), and mathematics (place 7). In the ranking of German universities, KIT’s mathematics improved by nine places.


In the overall ranking, KIT now ranks in 18th position in Germany. Worldwide, KIT now reaches place 198, i.e. it is in the top 200 of the best universities in the world. The overall ranking results from the total of publications in all subjects. Due to its focus on natural sciences and engineering, not all subjects evaluated are represented at KIT, e.g. medicine.


About the NTU Ranking

The “Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities” has been published by the National Taiwan University since 2011. It considers universities and is based exclusively on the analysis of scientific publications. Evaluation of publications and citations does not only cover the past year, but a period of up to eleven years. The basis are publication data of the Web of Science (WoS) and Essential Science Indicators (ESI) (both Thomson Reuters).

More information: http://nturanking.lis.ntu.edu.tw


Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,300 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 24,400 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.

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Monika Landgraf

Monika Landgraf
Head of Corporate Communications, Chief Press Officer

Phone: +49 721 608-41150
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Margarete Lehné

Margarete Lehné
Deputy Head of Press Office

Phone: +49 721 608-41157

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