The annual ranking by the Times Higher Education journal is based on 13 differently weighed indicators in five categories: Academic education (30%), research (30%), citation index (30%), internationality (7.5%), and third-party funding by industry (2.5%). The evaluation is additionally based on e.g. data from surveys of academics relating to the reputation of the university, general statistics of universities, or the number of publications in expert journals.
THE constantly strives to optimize the methodology of its rankings. In 2015, THE switched from Thomas Reuters (“Web of Science” database) to Elsevier (“Scopus” database) that also collects data on publications in languages other than English. Moreover, the number of evaluated universities has increased from initially 400 to presently 1396 universities. These adaptations make a comparison over a longer term very difficult or impossible.
Development of KIT Ranking
THE World University Rankings by Subject
Apart from the institutional ranking, THE also offers a subject-specific ranking with separate results for eleven subject areas. KIT takes part in the rankings for three subject areas.
KIT in the THE World University Rankings by Subject 2019
*Subjects included: Mathematics and statistics, physics and astronomy, chemistry, geology, earth and marine sciences
**Subjects included: Engineering sciences, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, and chemical engineering
***Subjects included: Informatics/computer science