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Press Release 092/2017

“Shanghai” Ranking: Top Results for KIT

KIT among the 100 top universities worldwide in 13 subjects – stronghold in Engineering Sciences

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) scores excellently in the current subject ranking of ARWU (Academic Ranking of World Universities). In Engineering Sciences alone, KIT is ranked with eleven subjects among the top 100, in Natural Sciences, with two subjects. Chemical Engineering and Chemistry are two of the subjects where KIT is among the best German universities. The ARWU Ranking, also known as “Shanghai” Ranking, evaluates research indicators such as the number of published scientific articles.


In 13 subjects altogether, KIT counts among the 100 best universities in the world. The field of Engineering contributes with the subjects Energy Science & Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Remote Sensing, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Water Resources, Mechanical Engineering, Instruments Science & Technology, Biotechnology, and Transportation Science & Technology. These are complemented by Physics and Chemistry from the Natural Sciences field.


Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Water Resources, Instruments Science & Technology, Transportation Science & Technology, and Biotechnology are the subjects where KIT is ranked among the very best in Germany (together with other universities in the same ranking group). In Metallurgical Engineering, Energy Science & Engineering, and Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, KIT finished second of all German universities, and together with other universities in Materials Science & Engineering, KIT was ranked second in Materials Science & Engineering.


Since 2009, the ARWU Ranking has been published once every year by Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. Ranking is based on five differently weighted metrics: the number of published science articles per subject, citations, international co-publications, publications in top international scientific journals as well as the number of research award winners among the scientific staff.


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Recently, KIT scored very well in the “Employer Reputation” survey of QS World University Ranking, achieving rank 36 worldwide and rank 3 in Germany (see KIT Press Release 075/2017: http://www.kit.edu/kit/pi_2017_075_qs-ranking-kit-ueberzeugt-arbeitgeber). Earlier this year, KIT had reached the top group for many indicators, especially in the Research category, of the European “U-Multirank” scheme (Press Release 042/2017 of KIT: http://www.kit.edu/kit/english/pi_2017_042_eu-ranking-kit-is-strong-in-research-and-knowledge-transfer.php).


Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) pools its three core tasks of research, higher education, and innovation in a mission. With about 9,300 employees and 25,000 students, KIT is one of the big institutions of research and higher education in natural sciences and engineering in Europe.

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For further information, please contact:

Margarete Lehné
Phone: +49 721 608-48121
Fax: +49 721 608-45681
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The press release is available as a PDF file.