Press Release 149/2017

NTU Ranking: KIT Is the Best German University in Natural and Engineering Sciences

International Ranking of the National Taiwan University (NTU) Is Based on Publication Data

Of all German universities, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) again is the best in engineering and natural sciences. In the overall ranking of the 800 best universities in the world, KIT reaches place 211. These are the results of the “2017 Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities” that measures research performance of universities based on scientific publication.


As in previous years, KIT ranks in first place of all German universities in natural sciences (place 55 worldwide) and engineering (place 81 worldwide). KIT’s ranking also is excellent with first positions in chemical engineering (place 46 worldwide), chemistry (place 61 worldwide), materials sciences (place 67 worldwide), and civil engineering (place 135 worldwide).


In Germany, KIT is in second place in earth sciences (place 47 worldwide). Moreover, KIT is in the top ten of German universities in physics, mechanical engineering and environment/ecology (place 3), computer sciences (place 4), and electrical engineering (place 5).


In the overall ranking, KIT now ranks in 19th position in Germany and reaches place 211 worldwide. Due to its focus on natural sciences and engineering, not all subjects evaluated are represented at KIT, e.g. medicine.


About the NTU Ranking

The “Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities” has been published by the National Taiwan University since 2011. It considers universities only and is based exclusively on the analysis of scientific publications. Evaluation of publications and citations does not only cover the past year, but a period of up to 11 years. The basis are publication data of the Web of Science (WoS) and Essential Science Indicators (ESI) (both Thomson Reuters).


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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 9,800 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 22,300 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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