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Competition among universities is increasing. University rankings are, therefore, being followed more closely than ever. Here is a selection of rankings:

Worldwide Rankings

  • Times Higher Education World University Rankings (Great Britain)
    In the current issue of this ranking, the TU Berlin was again placed among the best 100 universities worldwide. In the overall ranking, it was placed 92nd. In Germany, it achieved 8th place, and 3rd when compared to Germany’s other major technical universities. 
    The annual ranking from the British magazine Times Higher Education (THE) is based on the five core categories of teaching, international outlook, industry income, research, and citations. For the current issue, 1102 universities worldwide were included; 44 of those universities are in Germany. (Sept. 2017) 
    In the subject-specific "THE World University Rankings by subject", the TU Berlin achieved the distinction of being ranked among the 100 best universities in the world for Computer Science (42nd), Engineering and Technology (43rd), Physical Sciences (65th) as well as Business and Economics (84th). All of these subjects achieved a top ten placement in the comparison of German universities, with Engineering and Technology as well as Computer Science leading the table (3rd and 4th respectively). (Nov. 2017)
  • QS TopUniversities Ranking (Great Britain)
    In the current ranking, the TU Berlin is now in 144th place worldwide and thus in the top 15 percent of the table for the first time. Within Germany, the TU achieved 8th place, and 4th among Germany's major technical universities. (June 2017)
    The subject-specific QS World University Rankings by Subject also award the TU Berlin top scores, especially in technical and engineering areas. In these subject groups, it was ranked 39th globally and 3rd in Germany, and all the subjects evaluated in this group (Computer Science, Chemical Engineering, Civil & Structural Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering) were in the national top ten. Four of the five subjects also made it into the top 100 internationally. Natural sciences achieved 77th place globally (7th in Germany), an excellent result, while four of the subjects included in this group (Mathmatics, Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry) were among the national top ten and the international top 100. The best individual ratings were achieved by architecture (ranked 41st globally) and mathematics (48th). Both subjects were also ranked 2nd in Germany. Other outstanding national results were achieved by art and design (2nd place), statistics/operational research (4th place), and agriculture and forestry (9th place). (Feb. 2018)
  • U-Multirank (Germany/Netherlands)
    In contrast to other rankings, in the "U-Multirank" there are no set best lists. Instead, each user defines their most important criteria and then receives an individually created ranking. The EU-funded project is supervised by the Centre for Higher Education (CHE) and includes more than 1600 universities worldwide. For the TU Berlin, it so far includes data on mathematics and natural sciences. (June 2018)
  • Round University Ranking (Russian Federation)
    In the overall ranking in 2017, the TU Berlin occupied 122nd spot and is thus part of the "Golden League". Within Germany, it was ranked 6th, and 3rd when compared to Germany's major technical universities.
    Besides the overall ranking, four key dimensions were assessed separately. Placement in the "Diamond League" was awarded to the areas of research (47th worldwide, 3rd nationally) and financial sustainability (79th worldwide, 7th nationally). In the area of international diversity, the TU Berlin achieved "Golden League" status with 164th place (nationally ranked 8th), while for teaching the TU achieved "Bronze League" status (303rd worldwide, 14th nationally). (April 2017)
  • Best Global Universities (U.S.A.)
    In this ranking published by U.S. News & World Report, the TU Berlin achieved a 300th place worldwide and 134th in Europe. Nationally, it ranked 24th, and 5th among the major technical universities in Germany. In the subject-specific rankings, mathematics (79th place globally), engineering (85th) and chemistry (93rd) were the most successful. The focus of the ranking is on research achievements as well as the reputation of the respective institution. (Oct. 2016)
  • Academic Ranking of World Universities (China)
    In the worldwide TOP 500 ranking from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the TU Berlin is currently listed among the best 400 universities in the world. In Germany, it was placed in the 22nd to 27th place category, and 5th among Germany's technical universities. (Aug. 2016)
    In the subject-specific rankings, it achieved 50th place in electrical engineering, the 76th-100th place category in mechanical engineering, the 101st-150th place category in chemical engineering, and the 151st-200th place category in energy science, environmental science, and materials science. (June 2016)

European Rankings

  • Europe's Most Innovative Universities
    The ranking created for the first time by Thomson Reuters aims to assess European universities' innovativeness. In particular, the number of patents registered by the university, the number of patents granted, and the influence of university research on the research and development activities of commercial organizations were assessed here.
    The TU Berlin was ranked 62nd in Europe, and 16th among German universities. (June 2016)

German Rankings

Start-up activities

  • Start-up Radar 2016 published by Stifterverband der Deutschen Wissenschaft
    In its study Gründungsradar (Start-up Radar), the Stifterverband der Deutschen Wissenschaft examined support for start-ups at German universities. Nationally, the TU Berlin took 1st place for start-up support. In the overall ranking of major universities, it came in 3rd, making it the most successful university in Berlin. (Feb. 2017)


  • NTU ranking for scientific publications
    In the "Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities", the National Taiwan University (NTU) evaluates the academic performance of research universities using objective indicators. The main focus is on scientific publications, which are evaluated both qualitatively and quantitatively.
    In the overall ranking, the TU Berlin achieved 32nd place nationally and 429th place globally. Within Germany, the TU Berlin ranks in the top ten in the following subjects: civil engineering (3rd), chemical engineering, mathematics (4th), mechanical engineering (6th), computer science (7th), agricultural sciences, electrical engineering (8th), chemistry, environment/ecology (10th). In addition, it ranked 9th in the field of engineering. Furthermore, mathematics ranked 112th in the international comparison. (Oct. 2017)
  • Humboldt Ranking
    The Humboldt Ranking counts the research stays of fellowship recipients and award winners from the Humboldt Foundation at German research institutions. Between 2012 and 2016, a total of 131 international researchers chose the TU Berlin for their research stays, putting it in 7th place and making it the second most popular technical university in Germany. In the humanities and social sciences, it was ranked an impressive 3rd. (Aug. 2017)
  • DAAD Funding Ranking
    According to the latest statistics published by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the TU Berlin received 9,248,309 euros in funding in 2016. This means second place among all the universities in Germany. (Aug. 2017)
    German Research Foundation (DFG) Funding Atlas
    The funding atlas offers key figures for publicly funded research in Germany. It gives an overview of external funding from the DFG, the German Federal Government, and the EU as well as funding of individuals from the AvH, the DAAD, and the ERC and evaluates these funding sources for universities and non-university research institutions.
    The ranking states which universities received the most DFG funds between 2011 and 2013. With a total of EUR 121.5 million, the TU Berlin was ranked 21st. In natural sciences it was ranked 6th and in engineering 8th. For engineering scientists with DAAD funding, the TU Berlin is the most popular host university. (Sept. 2015)
  • External Funding Statistics from the German Federal Statistical Office
    According to information from the German Federal Statistical office, in 2011 the TU Berlin procured a total of EUR 158.9 million in research funding from the private sector and research organizations and was thus ranked 6th among Germany's universities with the greatest amount of external funding. When looking at the amount of external funding procured per professorship, the TU Berlin was similarly among the top ten. (Feb. 2014)


  • CHE University Ranking
    The University Ranking from the Centre for Higher Education (CHE) helps prospective students find the right university. The overview includes both bachelor and master degrees. Each subject is re-evaluated every three years. The TU Berlin is ranked in the top group in the following areas:

    • Bioengineering/biotechnology (2016): Doctoral candidates per professor
      Electrical engineering and information technology (2016): Doctoral candidates per Professor
    • Civil engineering (2017): Offers for new students, international focus of master's programs, research funding per scientist, doctoral candidates per professor
    • Computer science (2018): International focus of bachelor's programs, international focus of master's programs, offers for new students, IT infrastructure, research funding per scientist, internationally visible publications per scientist, doctoral candidates per professor
    • Economics (2017): International focus of master's program
    • Environmental engineering (2016): Doctoral candidates per professor
    • Industrial engineering (2017): International focus of master's program
    • Management/business administration (2014): International focus of master's programs, internationally visible publications per scientist, research funding per scientist, doctoral candidates per professor
    • Material technology/materials science (2016): Degrees in a reasonable timeframe for master's program, doctoral candidates per professorMathematics (2018): Organization, range of courses, research funding per scientist, doctoral candidates per professor
    • Mechanical engineering (2016): Degrees in a reasonable timeframe
    • Physics (2018): Organization, library facilities, offers for new students

International matters

  • Wissenschaft weltoffen 2017
    The study from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW) focuses on the internationality of studies and teaching in Germany.
    With a total of 6645 students, the TU Berlin was once again the 8th most popular university for international students in Germany in the winter semester 2015/2016, and when foreign students are included (5384), then it was ranked an even more impressive 6th. (Aug. 2017)
  • The World's Most International Universities 2017
    In the new overview from Times Higher Education, the TU Berlin is 57th in the ranking for the most international universities in the world. The ranking is based primarily on the data collected in the area of international outlook as part of the general Times Higher Education World University Ranking (see above) and also considers the findings of the annual Academic Reputation Survey carried out by the THE. (Feb. 2017)

Surveys of companies

  • Uniranking 2018
    The ranking was carried out by the consulting firm Universum Communications and published in the magazine WirtschaftsWoche. According to the assessment of more than 500 HR officers across Germany, the TU Berlin ranked among the top ten in five subjects. In natural sciences it came in 1st place, in computer science and industrial engineering 4th place, in mechanical engineering 5th place, and in electrical engineering 7th. (Jan. 2018)
  • Times Higher Education Global University Employability Ranking 2017
    The question which graduates were especially well-prepared for the job market is the central focus of trendence's global ranking, which included surveys of around 6,000 employers in 21 countries. In international comparison, TU Berlin graduates are well-prepared and helped their alma mater achieve a place among the top 100 universities (89th) worldwide. In Germany, the TU Berlin was ranked 9th. (Nov. 2017)
  • QS Graduate Employability Ranking 2018
    The ranking by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) in Great Britain links several thematically relevant issues. Besides assessments from 30,000 employers worldwide, the ranking includes (research) cooperation with the industrial sector, the presence of companies on campus (at career fairs, career workshops, and similar offers for students), the alumni employment rate, and information concerning where some 30,000 internationally influential people were educated. In total, the TU Berlin ranked 78th globally and 24th in Europe, with the numerous and diverse contacts between companies and students being given particular prominence. The TU Berlin's alumni employment rate is also above the national average. Among the 30 German universities that were evaluated, the TU Berlin came in 4th place. (Sept. 2017)


  • F.A.Z. Economists Ranking
    For their economists ranking, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.) determined the level of influence scientists have in the media, politics and research. In the ranking of German-speaking universities, the TU Berlin comes in fourth place. (Nov. 2017)
    For the detailed ranking of economic researchers,
    the F.A.Z. counted citations in science and the most important media, and a survey was conducted of politicians at both federal and state level.
    In the ranking, Prof. Dr. Reinhard Busse, Department of Health Care Management and director of the Berlin Centre for Health Economics Research (BerlinHECOR), was ranked 8th. Ottmar Edenhofer, professor for the economics of climate change at the TU Berlin, director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) and chief economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), was 12th, and Gert G. Wagner, professor of empirical economic research and economic policy at the TU Berlin and member of the board at the DIW Berlin, was 18th.
    In the sub-category politics, Reinhard Busse and Gert G. Wagner achieved a joint 31st place. (Sept. 2017)
  • Handelsblatt Business Administration Ranking 2014
    The ranking looks at the performance of business administration professors in German-speaking countries by evaluating the number of publications in international journals. Four TU Berlin professors were placed in the ranking's various categories (Dec. 2014):

    • TOP 100 researchers under 40 years of age: Katrin Talke (62nd)
    • TOP 250 life's work as researcher: Knut Blind (60th), Reinhard Busse (218th), Axel von Werder (228th)


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