Press Release 105/2015

KIT Climbs Upwards in Worldwide QS Ranking

2015 QS World University Ranking Lists KIT in the Top 100 / Natural Sciences and Engineering Are Very Strong

In the current QS World University Ranking, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has improved by more than 30 places. KIT is now ranked in position 93 and, hence, among the 100 best universities worldwide. In Germany, KIT confirmed its position as one of the best universities with place 4.


„In worldwide comparison of performances of universities, KIT has made a big leap forwards – we consider this a proof of the high quality of research and education and of the innovative strength of KIT,” President Professor Holger Hanselka says. According to the QS ranking, KIT’s reputation among employers is very good. In the survey, KIT reaches place 3 in Germany. In the category of faculty/student ratio, KIT is ranked in second place. In worldwide comparison, KIT reaches places 34 and 62 in the subjects of natural sciences and engineering, respectively.


Already this spring did KIT reach an excellent QS ranking in certain subjects. With a total of ten subjects, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is among the top 200 universities worldwide. In four subjects – mechanical engineering, materials sciences, chemical engineering, and physics – KIT is in the top 50 of the world. In Germany, KIT is in second position in materials sciences and chemical engineering. In physics, KIT reached place 4, in mechanical engineering place 5. In the worldwide ranking, KIT’s mechanical engineering reached place 46, chemical engineering was ranked in the 50th place, and informatics and civil engineering were ranked in the group from 51 to 100. In natural sciences, KIT’s physics reached place 28, materials sciences was ranked in place 45, and chemistry and mathematics were ranked in the group from 51 to 100.


The overall QS World University Ranking is based on the criteria of academic reputation, faculty/student ratio, citations per scientist, reputation among employers, and the proportion of international scientists and students. These data 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 THE 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:


Detailed information is available directly at 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 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.

kes, 15.09.2015


Monika Landgraf
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