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News vom 09.12.2009

CHE Research Ranking 2009 updates results for natural sciences, mathematics, medicine, dentistry and pharmacy

The updated disciplines in the CHE Research Ranking 2009 again show that the Universität Heidelberg, the Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) and the TU München have an especially large share of faculties that are strong in research. Heidelberg is in the top group for a whole range of natural sciences as well as for mathematics, medicine, dentistry and pharmacy. The LMU and TU München are also in the top group for biology, chemistry, physics and medicine; the LMU with also for pharmacy and the TU München for mathematics. The Universität Göttingen has reached top group status for all natural sciences and medicine, and the Universität Tübingen for medicine, dentistry pharmacy and biology.

The CHE gathers fresh data for a certain range of subjects in its UniversityRanking every three years. The research indicators for the subjects of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, medicine, dentistry and pharmacy have been thoroughly analysed for the CHE ResearchRanking 2009. The CHE ResearchRanking takes into account the level of third-party funding the university has procured, the number of publications and the number of doctorates, as a total and per researcher. In addition to the facts, the faculties’ reputation among professors is also given, but this is not used to form the group of faculties that are strong in research. “We consider a faculty to be strong in research if it reaches the top group for at least half of the relevant indicators,” says Sonja Berghoff, project manager of the CHE ResearchRanking. “We can now analyse three periods of comparative ranking for natural sciences and see that about two-thirds of the top faculties this year were also represented in the top groups in both 2003 and 2006.“.

The 2009 ranking includes research performance in information technology for the first time. As no analysis of publications was made for this subject, the list of faculties strongest in research is based on different criteria to those used for the other subjects. The criteria used for this comparison were the level of third-party funding procured by the university and the number of doctorates, in total and per researcher.

The German newspaper DIE ZEIT published the latest results on 10 December 2009.
You can download the results of the individual subjects at The full publication, including the methodology used and the results for all subjects, are available in the CHE’s working paper AP 130.

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