According to a new study conducted by the Centre for Higher Education Development and the University of Bielefeld, about a third of all university entrants consult at least one higher-education ranking system as a guide in deciding where they want to go. Heidelberg was represented in this latest study by the Faculty of Medicine. "The study comes up with outstandingly positive results for the University of Heidelberg," said Rector Professor Dr. Peter Hommelhoff. "83 per cent of the young people asked opted for our university because of its good teaching reputation." "Research excellence was a clinching factor for 60%," said vice-rector for medicine and research, Prof. Dr. Jochen Tröger, adding that Heidelberg fully intends to improve its research standing even further in the future.
The study questioned first-term students in the winter semester 2000/2001. Other reasons prompting them to come to Heidelberg were the University's international contacts, special study interests (23.3%), the practical orientation of the curriculum (20%) and the short course duration (30%).
Another interesting question is the extent to which rankings influenced the choice of university. Nation-wide, about 30% of all medical students consulted ranking lists as a guide in making their choice. In Heidelberg the percentage is higher; for 38% of the students here, official rankings were the decisive factor in
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