Press Release 029/2017

KIT Is in the Top 100 of the World in Nine Subjects

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 – KIT Is Strong in “Natural Sciences” and “Engineering and Technology”

In nine subjects, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) ranks in the top 100 of the universities in the world. In two of them – physics and materials sciences – KIT has even reached the international top 50. This is obvious from the recently published “QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.” The ranking is based on the criteria of the university’s reputation in academia and among employers, frequency of citations of scientific publications, and the Hirsch index reflecting the research achievements of scientists. 


The QS World University Rankings by Subject consider both subject areas and individual subjects. In international comparison, KIT is particularly strong in natural sciences and engineering subjects: In the area of “Natural Sciences,” KIT improved by five places compared to 2016. It is now ranked in 29th position. In “Engineering and Technology,” KIT improved by 24 places and now reaches place 38 worldwide.


As regards individual subjects, KIT is in the international top 50 in physics (place 31) and materials sciences (place 49). KIT reached the international top 100 in the subjects of architecture, informatics, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and chemistry.


In all subjects mentioned, KIT is among the five best universities in Germany, KIT is in the German top ten in geosciences and mathematics. 


Apart from this ranking by subject, QS also publishes a total ranking of the best universities in the world once per year. In autumn 2016, KIT reached the group of the 100 best universities in world, it was ranked in 4th place in Germany. 


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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 9,600 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.

le, 08.03.2017


Monika Landgraf
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