Press Release 127/2014

Top Results in Worldwide Research Ranking

KIT Continues to Be Best German University in Engineering and Natural Sciences – International Ranking of the National Taiwan University (NTU) Is Based on Publication Data
Of all German universities, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) again is top in engineering (place 79 worldwide) and natural sciences (place 52 worldwide). In the overall international ranking, KIT assumes position 190 of the 500 best universities in the world. The “2014 Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities” measures research performance of universities based on scientific publications.


In national comparison, KIT ranks in first place of all German universities in engineering as in 2012 and 2013. TU München (place 97 worldwide) and RWTH Aachen (place 102 worldwide) follow. In natural sciences, KIT is in first place, followed by LMU München (place 60 worldwide), Universität Heidelberg (place 62 worldwide), and TU München (place 84 worldwide).


KIT also assumes top positions in a number of individual subjects compared to the other German universities: KIT is the best German university in chemical engineering and physics (place 46 worldwide each), materials sciences (place 53 worldwide), mechanical engineering (place 55 worldwide), and civil engineering (place 127 worldwide). In chemistry and geosciences, KIT is in second position in Germany. In addition, KIT is in the top group of German universities in electrical engineering (place 3), and in informatics and environment / ecology (place 6 each).


In the overall ranking, KIT now ranks in 18th position in Germany. Worldwide, KIT now reaches place 190, i.e. it is in the top 200 of the best universities in the world. The overall ranking results from the total of publications in all subjects. Due to its focus on natural sciences and engineering, not all subjects evaluated are represented at KIT, e.g. medicine.



The “Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities” has been published by the National Taiwan University since 2011. It considers universities and is based exclusively on the analysis of scientific publications. Evaluation of publications and citations does not only cover the past year, but considers a period of up to eleven years. The basis are publication data of the Web of Science (WoS) and essential science indicators (ESI) (both Thomson Reuters).

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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 9,800 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 22,300 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.

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Monika Landgraf
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