In ten subjects, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) ranks in the top 100 of the universities worldwide, in mechanical engineering, materials sciences, and physics it has even reached the international top 50. This is obvious from the “QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.” The ranking is based on the criteria of the universities’ reputation in academia and among employers, the frequency of citations of scientific publications, and the Hirsch index reflecting the research achievements of scientists.
The QS World University Rankings by Subject consider both subject areas and individual subjects. In international comparison, KIT is particularly strong in natural sciences and engineering subjects: in the area of “Natural Sciences,” KIT is in 48th place worldwide, in “Engineering & Technology” it has reached place 59.
As regards individual subjects, KIT is in the international top 50 in physics (place 31), mechanical engineering (place 37), library and information management (place 42), and materials sciences (place 47). In addition, KIT reaches the international top 100 in the subjects of architecture, civil engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, and informatics.
In all subjects mentioned, KIT is among the five best universities in Germany. In civil engineering, KIT is ranked top. Moreover, KIT is in the German top ten in mathematics. Apart from this ranking by subjects, QS also publishes a total ranking of the best universities in the world in June for the year to come: in the QS World University Ranking 2019, KIT reached place 116 and was ranked in fourth place in Germany.