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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 placed 149th. In Germany, it achieved 13th 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, 1396 universities worldwide were included; 48 of those universities are in Germany. (Sept. 2019) 
    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 (55th), as well as Engineering and Technology (60th). These subjects also achieved a top ten placement in the comparison of German universities, with Engineering and Technology as 3rd and Computer Science as 4th. (Nov. 2019)
  • QS TopUniversities Ranking (Great Britain)
    In the current ranking, the TU Berlin is now in 147th place worldwide and thus in the top 15 percent of the table for the second year running. Within Germany, the TU achieved 8th place, and 4th among Germany's major technical universities. (June 2018)
    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 47th 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 79th 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 three of them among the international top 100. The best individual ratings were achieved by Architecture (ranked 32nd globally), Chemical Engineering (35th), Mechanical Engineering (41st), and Electrical Engineering (48th). These subjects were also ranked among the top 5 in Germany. Other outstanding national results were achieved by Art and Design, Compurer Science, and Civil Engineering (2nd place) as well as Mathematics (5th place). (Feb. 2019)
  • 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 22st to 27th place category, and 5th among Germany's technical universities. (Aug. 2019)
  • The World's Most Innovative Universities
    The ranking created by Thomson Reuters aims to assess 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 94th in Europe, and 9th among German universities. (Oct. 2019)
  • 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)
    In a subject-specific ranking, the TU Berlin occupied 92nd place in the area of "Technical Sciences" (4th place in Germany). (June 2018)
    In the separately compiled RUR Reputation Ranking 2018, the TU Berlin achieved 123rd place worldwide, and 8th place in Germany. For this ranking, teaching reputation and research reputation surveys were analyzed. (Sept. 2018)
  • Best Global Universities (U.S.A.)
    In this ranking published by U.S. News & World Report, the TU Berlin achieved a 310th place worldwide and 141st in Europe. Nationally, it ranked 23rd, and 5th among the major technical universities in Germany. In the subject-specific rankings, mathematics (90th place globally), chemistry (92nd), and engineering (113th) were the most successful. The focus of the ranking is on research achievements as well as the reputation of the respective institution. (Oct. 2018)

German Rankings


  • 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 31st place nationally and 440th place globally. Within Germany, the TU Berlin ranks in the top ten in the following subjects: chemical engineering, mathematics (4th), civil engineering (5th), mechanical engineering (6th), computer science, electrical engineering (7th), agricultural sciences, chemistry (9th). In addition, it ranked 8th in the field of engineering. Furthermore, mathematics ranked 113th in the international comparison. (Aug. 2018)
  • 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 8,562,569 euros in funding in 2017. This means second place among all the universities in Germany. (June 2018)
    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)


  • 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:
    • Architecture (2019): offers for new students, international focus of master's programs
    • Biotechnology (2019): Offers for new students, research funding per scientist
    • Chemical engineering/applied chemistry (2019): Offers for new students, doctoral candidates per Professor
    • Civil engineering (2019): research funding per scientist
    • 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
    • Electrical engineering and information technology (2019): Offers for new students
    • Engineering science (2019): Offers for new students
    • Environmental technology (2019): Offers for new students, doctoral candidates per professor
    • Industrial engineering (2017): International focus of master's program
    • Material technology/materials science (2019): Offers for new students, doctoral candidates per Professor
    • Mathematics (2018): Organization, range of courses, research funding per scientist, doctoral candidates per professor
    • Mechanical engineering (2019): Offers for new students
    • Physics (2018): Organization, library facilities, offers for new students
    • Process science (2019): Offers for new students, doctoral candidates per professor

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)
  • QS Graduate Employability Ranking 2020
    The ranking by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) in Great Britain links several thematically relevant issues. Besides assessments from 44,000 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 29,000 internationally influential people were educated. In total, the TU Berlin ranked 98th globally and 34th 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 19 German universities that were evaluated, the TU Berlin came in 4th place. (Sept. 2019)
  • Times Higher Education Global University Employability Ranking 2018
    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 (79th) worldwide. In Germany, the TU Berlin was ranked 7th. (Nov. 2018)


  • 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.
    For the detailed ranking of economic researchers,
    the F.A.Z. counted citations in science and the most important media, a survey was conducted of politicians at both federal and state level, and the individual's twitter ranking was evaluated.
    In the ranking, 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 ranked 7th, 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 science, Prof. Dr. Reinhard Busse, Department of Health Care Management and director of the Berlin Centre for Health Economics Research (BerlinHECOR), achieved a 13th place. (Sept. 2019)
  • 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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