Press Release 142/2014

Ranking of “U.S. News”: KIT in German Top Ten

International Ranking of US Magazine – KIT Is Best German University in Materials Sciences

In five subjects, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is ranked among the best 100 universities in the world: Physics, chemistry, materials sciences, geosciences, and engineering. This the result of the latest research ranking of the US magazine “U.S. News”. For the first time, universities outside of the United States were ranked in the category of “Best Global Universities”. In the overall ranking of the 500 best universities worldwide, KIT reached place 154. When compared to German universities alone, KIT is in 9th position.


In materials sciences, KIT is in first place of all German universities (place 52 in the global ranking). The best international ranking of KIT is place 43 in physics. Of all German universities, only LMU Munich is ranked better than KIT in this subject. Second places in national comparison are also achieved in chemistry (place 49 in the global ranking) and engineering (place 82 in the global ranking). TU München and KIT are the only German universities reaching the top 100 in the world in engineering. In geosciences, KIT is ranked in third place of all German universities (global ranking place 82).


For the top 500 of the world, universities of the USA and 50 other countries were evaluated. The first place is reached by Harvard University, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of California – Berkeley.


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 “U.S. News” is a monthly news magazine in the USA that has published rankings of research and education institutions since 1983. The overall ranking “Best Global Universities” is based on ten indicators reflecting research achievements as well as the international and regional research reputation of the institution. Among the indicators are characteristics relating to scientific publications, such as the number of publications and citations, as well as the number of doctorates, both absolute and relative to the number of employees. The basis are data collected by Thomson Reuters (publication data of the Web of Science, WoS, and results of a reputation poll). The ranking is aimed at informing present and future students about possibilities of studies also outside of the US.



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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