Press Release 147/2012

KIT Improves in Worldwide THE Ranking

KIT Is Ranked 45 Places Better in the Ranking of 400 Best Universities Worldwide

In the worldwide ranking of the Times Higher Education Maga-zine (THE ranking), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has improved by 45 places from rank 196 to 151. In particular, it was given an excellent rating in the category of “Industry Income”. In international comparison, KIT has improved considerably and now is among the ten best universities in Germany.

KIT has also improved in the categories of “Research” and “Teach-ing”. Hence, KIT has reached good results in its three fields of action of research, teaching, and innovation. The top universities in the world are the California Institute of Technology, the University of Oxford, and Stanford University. Of all German universities, KIT is in 8th place. The ten best German universities are LMU Munich, the universities of Göttingen and Heidelberg, HU Berlin, TU Munich, FU Berlin, Universität Freiburg, RWTH Aachen in place 9, and Bonn University on the 10th place.

Once per year, the Times Higher Education, in cooperation with Thomson Reuters, publishes the World University Ranking. It evalu-ates the strengths of the universities in their core tasks based on 13 individual indicators that are summarized in five main indicators. These are: Teaching, research, citations, industry income, and international outlook.

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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 10,000 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 22,800 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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Margarete Lehné
Chief Press Officer (acting)
Phone: +49 721 608-41105
Fax: +49 721 608-43658
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