Press Release 116/2013

KIT Moves Forward in Worldwide QS Ranking

2013 QS World University Ranking – Further Improvement Compared to Past Year

In the current QS World University Ranking, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has improved by 25 places. KIT is ranked in position 116 worldwide. In Germany, this corresponds to place 6 and, hence, to an improvement by two places compared to 2012. In international comparison, KIT improved considerably. It is among the best universities in Germany.


Already this spring did KIT reach an excellent QS ranking by subject. In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2013, seven subjects of KIT were ranked in the top 50 of the world. In Germany, the subjects of civil engineering, materials sciences, and informatics were ranked in first place. Chemical engineering reached place 2. Mechanical engineering, physics, and chemistry were ranked in 3rd position. The ranking by subject is based on the criteria of academic reputation, reputation among employers, frequency of citations in scientific publications, and the Hirsch index, an indicator of research achievements of scientists.


The overall QS World University Ranking now is based on academic reputation, the faculty/student ratio, citations per scientist, reputation among employers, and the proportion of international scientists and students. These criteria are determined from statistics and surveys of scholars and staff managers. Since 2010, QS has been publishing an own ranking (before, it co-edited the THES Ranking) that is largely based on reputation indicators. Every autumn, the overall ranking is published, the ranking by subject is issued in spring.


More information on the ranking by subject:

Further information may obtained directly from QS:


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.

kes, 12.09.2013

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