Another Excellent Score in the Best Global Universities Ranking
8 October 2015
Ruperto Carola is the best university in Germany and surges ahead to 37th worldwide
In the latest Best Global Universities Ranking, Heidelberg University rose 22 spots compared to last year, placing 37th internationally. Ruperto Carola now occupies first place nationally, moving up from 2nd in 2014. It ranks 6th in Europe, up from 12th last year. In addition to universities overall, selected subject areas are also ranked. Ruperto Carola fared extremely well in that respect, too. In the national comparison, Heidelberg ranked first in four academic disciplines and second in another four. Those rankings were also strong internationally.
In neuroscience and behaviour (28th worldwide), space science (33), clinical medicine (34) and microbiology (41), Heidelberg ranks first among the German universities. It is also very strong in molecular biology/genetics (35), physics (40), pharmacology/toxicology (47) and biology/biochemistry (54), placing second in Germany. Ruperto Carola is also among the world’s top 100 in psychiatry/psychology and the arts and humanities.
The ranking takes a total of twelve weighted indicators into account, the primary ones being research and reputation. The evaluation criteria also include global and regional research reputation and a number of factors specific to citations and publications. A total of 1,000 universities were rated based on data from the Thomson Reuters corporation. The Best Global Universities Ranking is published by the American media company, U.S. News & World Report.