Press Release 021/2018

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

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018 – KIT Is Strong in “Natural Sciences” and “Engineering & Technology”

In nine subjects, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) ranks in the top 100 of the universities worldwide, in physics it has even reached the international top 50. This is obvious from the “QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018” published today. The ranking is based on the criteria of the universities’ 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 is in 37th place worldwide, in “Engineering and Technology” it has reached place 51.


As regards individual subjects, KIT is in the international top 50 in physics (place 35). In addition, KIT reaches the international top 100 in the subjects of architecture, civil engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, informatics, mechanical engineering, and materials sciences.


In all subjects mentioned as well as in geosciences, KIT is among the five best universities in Germany. In civil engineering, KIT is ranked top. It also is in the German top 10 in mathematics.


Apart from this ranking by subject, QS also publishes a total ranking of the best universities in the world in June for the year to come: In the QS World University Ranking 2018, KIT reached place 107 and was ranked in fourth 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 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.

sis, 28.02.2018

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