RankingUniversität Heidelberg Among “Top Three” in Germany

30 June 2023

Four German universities represented in the top 100 worldwide in the QS World University Ranking

Ruperto Carola confirms its excellent standing among the “top three” best universities in Germany in the current QS World University Ranking 2023/2024. Heidelberg University places third Germany-wide behind Munich’s Technical University and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Internationally, Heidelberg University ranks 87th, and 30th in the European-wide comparison. Besides Heidelberg and the two Munich universities, Freie Universität Berlin, placing 98th, is among the “top 100” in the QS Ranking for the first time in eleven years.

This year’s ranking is based on a new methodology. It now takes into account nine indicators (three more than in the previous year), which are weighted differently. A university’s reputation makes for 45 percent of the overall ranking, comprising academic reputation (30 percent) and employer reputation (15 percent). Other criteria are faculty-student ratio and citations per faculty. The share of international scholars and international students is likewise taken into account. The new indicators are sustainability, international research networks, and employment outcomes. The current ranking includes over 1,400 universities worldwide.