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10 November 2006

Heidelberg Germany's Leading University for Sciences and Biomedicine

The Times Higher Education Supplement asked 3,700 researchers from all over the world to name the best universities for their own subjects and supplemented the data with the citation criterion — University of Heidelberg 28th in the world for sciences, 30th for biomedicine and 52nd for humanities — University of Heidelberg confirmed in its strategy and objectives

In the sciences and biomedicine, the University of Heidelberg is Germany's leading university. In these sectors its international renown has already secured it a leading position. In the humanities and cultural studies, Heidelberg is also well placed, ranking second among German universities. These are the results of a new ranking by the British Times Higher Education Supplement. The magazine asked 3,703 researchers all over the world to name the best universities for their particular subject and supplemented these data with the number of citations per published article. In the sciences Heidelberg came 28th, in biomedicine 30th and in the humanities and cultural studies 52nd in the world.

Visibility in the group of the world's best universities is the University of Heidelberg's central objective, one that it has been pursuing tenaciously in line with the strategies set out in the paper "Zukunft. Seit 1386" (The Future. Since 1386). The change process initiated by the implementation of these strategies encompasses seven main areas: research, encouragement for young scientists and scholars, teaching, medicine, internationality, structure and personnel/finances. The overall strategy comprises 38 projects and measures finalised in late 2004 and designed to advance the University and further heighten its international standing.

The University's overall strategic objective is to establish all its research sectors at an internationally visible level. The gratifying fact that this ambitious goal has already been achieved in the sciences and biomedicine and that the humanities also make a good showing is regarded by the University as a further incentive to attain leading status in all the subjects it offers. With this approach, the University gears its activities to the challenges of tomorrow and accordingly to its motto "The Future. Since 1386".

The three rankings of the Times Higher Education Supplement in October

In its issues dated 13, 20 and 27 October 2006, the Times Higher Education Supplement announced the results of its new ranking survey. 3,703 researchers from all over the world had been asked to name the best institutions for their particular subject and the ones they are most familiar with. The subjects in question were the natural sciences, medicine, the social sciences, the humanities and cultural studies. Also included in the evaluation were the citations of scholarly and scientific publications in the database of Thomson Scientific Essential Science Indicators for the years 2001 to 2006.

As expected, in the sciences the United States is well ahead of the rest of the world, with 27 institutions among the best 100, followed by Germany and Britain with nine each. Here Heidelberg leads the field in Germany (28th in the world), followed by Göttingen (37th), Munich (43rd), Bonn (53rd), Berlin Humboldt (67th), Munich Technical University (75th), Aachen Technical University (81st) and the Free University of Berlin (90th). Cambridge and Oxford are out in front overall, closely followed by Berkeley, Harvard and MIT.

In the sciences, the ranking puts Heidelberg ahead of a large number of internationally prestigious rivals, including La Sapienza (Rome), the University of California (Santa Barbara), the China University of Science and Technology, the Indian Institutes of Technology, Michigan, Sydney, San Diego, McGill, Seoul National University, Utrecht, Edinburgh, Johns Hopkins, Osaka, Hebrew University Jerusalem, Delft, Auckland, Nanjing, Hong Kong, Leyden, Lund, New York University, King's College London and many others.

In biomedicine, the five world leaders are Cambridge, Harvard, Oxford, Imperial College London and Stanford. Here Heidelberg comes 30th, in front of Hong Kong, British Columbia, Duke, Seoul, ETH Zurich, Manchester and Princeton. The nearest German competitor is Göttingen (54th), followed by Munich (56th), Tübingen (77th), Berlin Humboldt (79th), Free University of Berlin (88th) and Frankfurt (91st).

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Dr. Michael Schwarz
Press Officer of the University of Heidelberg
phone: 06221/542310, fax: 54317

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