Press Release 043/2015

Four Subjects of KIT in the Top 50 of the World

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015

With a total of ten subjects, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) ranks in the top 200 of the universities in the world. In four subjects – mechanical engineering, materials science, chemical engineering, and physics –, the KIT has reached the top 50. This is obvious from the recently published “QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015.” The ranking is based on the criteria of academic reputation, the university’s reputation among employers, frequency of citations in scientific publications, and the Hirsch index reflecting the research achievements of scientists.


On the international level, KIT mechanical engineering reached place 46 in “Engineering & Technology” subjects in 2015, place 50 in chemical engineering, and places 51 – 100 for informatics and civil engineering. In natural sciences, KIT physics was ranked in 28th place, materials sciences in place 45, and chemistry and mathematics in the group 51 – 100.


In comparison with other German universities, KIT materials sciences and chemical engineering are in second place. In physics, KIT reached place 4 and in mechanical engineering place 5.


For the worldwide ranking published by QS Quacquarelli Symonds, a total of 3467 universities were evaluated. 971 of them made it into the list of the best. Since 2010, QS has been publishing an own ranking based largely on reputation indicators. Every year in autumn, a total ranking is published. This year, the subject ranking is published for the third time.


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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.

le, 29.04.2015

Margarete Lehné
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