Press Release 184/2011

Top Results in Worldwide Ranking

KIT Is the Best German University in Engineering and Natural Sciences – Ranking Published by the National Taiwan University Is Based on Publication Data
Schneidet hervorragend ab: Im Fach Maschinenbau belegt das KIT Platz eins unter deutschen Einrichtungen. Weltweit steht der Karlsruher Maschinenbau auf Platz 13. (Foto: Gabi Zachmann)
Excellent result: In mechanical engineering, KIT ranks in first place among German institutions. Worldwide, mechanical engineering of KIT ranks in place 13. (Photo: Gabi Zachmann)

Of all German universities, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) ranks in first place (worldwide place 45) in engineering sciences (engineering, computing, and technology) as well as in natural sciences (worldwide place 52). This is the result of the “2011 Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities“ published by the National Taiwan University. The ranking measures research performance of universities worldwide based on scientific publications. 

KIT also reaches good results in individual subjects. In physics, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, materials sciences, and civil engineering, KIT is number one of all German universities. It also reaches top positions in electrical engineering (rank 2), informatics (rank 3), chemistry (rank 4), and geosciences (rank 4). In international comparison, KIT’s mechanical engineering ranks best with place 13 in the worldwide ranking.

Compared to other German and international universities and compared to previous years, KIT has moved upwards both in the overall ranking as well as in engineering and natural sciences and many individual subjects. In the overall ranking, KIT is now in 16th position in Germany (2010: 28) and in position 199 (2010: 275) worldwide. This overall ranking is based on the sum of all publications in all subjects. Due to its scientific and technical orientation, not all subjects are represented at KIT.

The “Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities“ succeeds the “Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan“ (HEEACT) ranking that has been published annually since 2007. As from this year, the ranking is published by the “National Taiwan University“. It considers universities only and is based exclusively on the analysis of scientific publications and citations of the past two to ten years. The publication data are taken from ISI – Web of Science (Thomson Reuters), one of the best-known publication databases.

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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 9,600 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 23,300 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.

or, 14.12.2011


Monika Landgraf
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