Press Release 124/2017

KIT Improves in THE Ranking

In this Year’s THE Ranking, KIT Is Ranked in Position 133 – KIT Improves in Education, Research, Internationality, and Citations

In the renowned Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking 2018, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is ranked in position 133 worldwide and on place 14 in Germany. Compared to last year, KIT has improved by 11 places worldwide.  


This year’s good ranking of KIT is mainly due to improvements in the areas of education, research, internationality, and citations by up to 3%. As regards third-party funding by industry, KIT reaches place 32 worldwide. KIT already did well in the recently published QS Ranking, where it reached place 107 worldwide and place 36 in the category of “Reputation among employers.”


The annual ranking of the Times Higher Education journal is based on thirteen criteria. The universities’ reputation is derived from interviews of scholars. General statistics of the universities are evaluated and citations of articles in expert journals are counted. The criteria are weighed as follows: Education (30%), research (30%), citations (30%), internationality (7.5%), and industry income (2.5%).


More information about THE:

Press release about KIT’s QS Ranking:


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.

tjo/kes, 05.09.2017


Monika Landgraf
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