Press Release 002/2018

HR Managers Like KIT Graduates

KIT Subjects Again Reach Top Places in the 2018 WirtschaftsWoche Ranking – Informatics in First Position
Bestnoten von Personalverantwortlichen: Die Absolventinnen und Absolventen der ältesten Informatik-Fakultät Deutschlands sind gut für den Start in den Beruf vorbereitet (Foto: Lydia Albrecht, KIT)
Top grades by HR managers: The graduates of Germany’s oldest informatics department are well prepared for a professional career. (Photo: Lydia Albrecht, KIT)

Graduates of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) continue to be very popular with HR managers of medium-sized and large companies in Germany. In the current university ranking of the WirtschaftsWoche magazine, KIT is again ranked in the top group in all subjects relating to engineering sciences. In informatics, KIT even improved compared to the previous ranking of 2016. It now is in first place.


In mechanical engineering, KIT also improved by one position and is in second place together with TU Munich. In business engineering and electrical engineering, KIT succeeded in defending its second places. A ranking in the top ten of natural sciences, place seven, complements the very good results that are based on interviews of 500 HR managers of German companies by the Universum consulting company.


The results of the survey reflect the HR managers’ opinion as to which universities and universities of applied sciences prepare their graduates best for starting a career and meeting business requirements. Multiple answers were possible.


In an article accompanying the publication of the ranking, WirtschaftsWoche points out that KIT graduates do not only have good theoretical knowledge, but also practical skills to apply this knowledge. Hence, they are “very popular” with German companies.


Axel Keulertz, employer branding consultant responsible for the Universum study, points out: “There are only a handful of top universities in Germany. Graduation there is an important advantage when searching for a job.”


Further information on the current WirtschaftsWoche ranking can be found at


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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