Press Release 092/2017

“Shanghai” Ranking: Top Results for KIT

KIT among the 100 top universities worldwide in 13 subjects – stronghold in Engineering Sciences

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) scores excellently in the current subject ranking of ARWU (Academic Ranking of World Universities). In Engineering Sciences alone, KIT is ranked with eleven subjects among the top 100, in Natural Sciences, with two subjects. Chemical Engineering and Chemistry are two of the subjects where KIT is among the best German universities. The ARWU Ranking, also known as “Shanghai” Ranking, evaluates research indicators such as the number of published scientific articles.


In 13 subjects altogether, KIT counts among the 100 best universities in the world. The field of Engineering contributes with the subjects Energy Science & Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Remote Sensing, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Water Resources, Mechanical Engineering, Instruments Science & Technology, Biotechnology, and Transportation Science & Technology. These are complemented by Physics and Chemistry from the Natural Sciences field.


Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Water Resources, Instruments Science & Technology, Transportation Science & Technology, and Biotechnology are the subjects where KIT is ranked among the very best in Germany (together with other universities in the same ranking group). In Metallurgical Engineering, Energy Science & Engineering, and Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, KIT finished second of all German universities, and together with other universities in Materials Science & Engineering, KIT was ranked second in Materials Science & Engineering.


Since 2009, the ARWU Ranking has been published once every year by Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. Ranking is based on five differently weighted metrics: the number of published science articles per subject, citations, international co-publications, publications in top international scientific journals as well as the number of research award winners among the scientific staff.


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Recently, KIT scored very well in the “Employer Reputation” survey of QS World University Ranking, achieving rank 36 worldwide and rank 3 in Germany (see KIT Press Release 075/2017: Earlier this year, KIT had reached the top group for many indicators, especially in the Research category, of the European “U-Multirank” scheme (Press Release 042/2017 of KIT:


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.

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Monika Landgraf
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