University Rankings


Ranking Universities in the German-speaking World

AUSTRIA | GERMANY | SWITZERLAND

The annual Times Higher Education (THE) survey of the Top 400 World Universities is a good barometer for seeing how universities around the globe compare to each other. In the rankings below, we have edited the list to concentrate on universities in the three main German-speaking countries.

The Top 15 Universities in the World (2012-2013)
As in previous years, the THE list continues to be dominated by universities in the US and the UK. The only German-speaking university in the top 15 is the Swiss technical institute ETH Zürich, which moved up from 15th in 2011-2012 to 12th this year. The top 15 world universities in 2012-2013, with country and score:

  • 1 California Institute of Technolgy (Cal Tech) USA | 95.5
  • 2 University of Oxford UK | 93.7 (tie)
  • 2 Stanford University USA | 93.7 (tie)
  • 4 Harvard University USA | 93.6
  • 5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) USA | 93.1
  • 6 Princeton University USA | 92.7
  • 7 University of Cambridge UK | 92.6
  • 8 Imperial College London UK | 90.6
  • 9 University of California, Berkeley USA | 90.5
  • 10 University of Chicago USA | 90.4
  • 11 Yale University USA | 89.2
  • 12 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zürich) Switzerland | 87.8
  • 13 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) USA | 87.7
  • 14 Columbia University USA | 87.0
  • 15 University of Pennsylvania USA | 86.6

Times Higher Education Rankings:
Top Universities in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland

The rankings below are listed by country and the 2012-2013 world rank of each university in that nation. For 2012-2013, the Times Higher Education rankings (in partnership with Thomson Reuters) list the top 400 institutions. Schools in the Top 200 also have their score listed. However, the rankings for 201 to 300 are in groups of 25, without a specific rank or score within each section. The rankings for 301 to 400 are in groups of 50, without a specific rank or score within each section. Underlined universities are also listed in the World University Rankings 2013. Also see the complete THE World University Rankings 2012-2013.

Berlin Wilhelm-Humboldt University

Berlin’s Wilhelm-Humboldt Universität honors its founder with this statue. PHOTO: Hyde Flippo

AUSTRIA 2012-2013

  • 162 University of Vienna (50.2, only Austrian univ. in the top 200, was 139th last year)
  • 201-225 group University of Innsbruck
  • 251-275 group Vienna University of Technology
  • 301-350 group Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
  • 301-350 group Johannes Kepler Universität Linz
  • 301-350 group Medical University of Vienna

In 2012-2013 Vienna was the only university in Austria to make the world Top 200, but it has fallen in rank for the last several years. In 2007 Vienna ranked 85th.

GERMANY 2012-2013

  • 48 University of Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, 70.4, was 45th)
  • 70 University of Göttingen (Georg-August-Universität, 63.2, was 69th)
    Tied with Wageningen Univ., Netherlands
  • 78 Heidelberg University (Ruprecht-Karl U., 61.4, was 73rd)
  • 99 Humboldt University of Berlin (57.5, was 109th)
  • 105 Technical University of Munich (Technische Universität, 56.8, was 88th)
  • 128 Freie Universität, Berlin (53.7, was 151st)
    Tied with the Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • 144 University of Freiburg (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, 42.9, was 189th)
  • 151 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT, 51.5, was 196th)
    Tied with the University of Bern (CH)
  • 154 Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen, 45.1, was 168th)
  • 171 Universität Bonn (49.0)
  • 199 J.W. Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (43.6, was 181st)
  • 201-225 group Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • 201-225 group Universität Konstanz
  • 201-225 group Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
  • 201-225 group Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen
  • 226-250 group Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • 226-250 group Universität Würzburg

Munich continues to lead the German rankings for the second year in a row. Germany’s “Excellence Initiative” funding for some of its public universities continues to pay off. (See Part 1 for more.) The number of German institutions in the Top 200 in 2012-2013 was 11, down one from the previous survey. For a different ranking list for Germany and the world, see the links below (ShanghaiRanking Consultancy):

WEB > Academic Ranking of World Universities (ShanghaiRanking Consultancy)
WEB > Top 500 World Universities – 2012 (ShanghaiRanking Consultancy)

SWITZERLAND 2012-2013

  • 12 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zürich, 87.8, was 15th)
  • 40 Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (73.0, was 46th)
  • 89 University of Zurich (58.8, was 61st)
  • 130 University of Lausanne (53.6, was 116th)
    Tied with the Univ. of Copenhagen and the Univ. Southampton
  • 133 University of Geneva (53.5, was 130th)
  • 142 Universität Basel (52.8, was 111th)
  • 151 University of Bern (51.5, was 112th)

Note: Basel, Bern and Zurich are in the German-speaking region of Switzerland, while Geneva and Lausanne are French-speaking.

SOURCE: Top 400 World Universities – Times Higher Education rankings (2012-2013)

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