Press Release 040/2016

Eight Subjects of KIT in the Top 100 of the World

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016

With a total of eight subjects, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) ranks in the top 100 of the universities in the world. In two subjects – materials sciences and physics -, KIT has reached the international top 50. This is obvious from the recently published “QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.” 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.


In subjects of “Natural Sciences”, KIT reached place 23 in physics, place 40 in materials sciences, and the group 51 – 100 in chemistry.


In “Engineering & Technology” subjects, KIT is ranked in the group 51 – 100 in mechanical engineering, informatics, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, and civil engineering.


In comparison with other German universities, KIT materials sciences are in second place, informatics and physics reached place 3. In addition, KIT’s electrical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, chemistry, architecture, mechanical engineering, mathematics, and geosciences are in the top 10 in Germany. Hence, eleven subjects of KIT are in the German top 10.


For the worldwide ranking published by QS Quacquarelli Symonds, a total of 4,226 universities were evaluated. 945 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 fourth 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.

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Monika Landgraf
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