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News vom 04.10.2006

Top group of CHE research ranking shrinking

TU Muenchen, Universität Heidelberg and Universität Karlsruhe top of the list.

The top group of the current CHE research ranking has shrunk in comparison to last year. There are now only 8 out of 62 universities in the top rank. These are TU Mennchen, the universities of Heidelberg, Karlsruhe, Freiburg and Stuttgart, LMU Muenchen and the universities of Goettingen and Frankfurt (a.M.).

University research activities have been evaluated in a total of 16 subjects from Humanities, Economics, Social and Natural Sciences and Engineering. This year, new additions were Mathematics, Medicine and Dentistry. Top performing universities are those performing excellently in at least half of the subjects examined. Key criteria include third-party funding as well as the number of PhD graduates, publications and applications for patents.

Three quarters of the universities examined were able to shine in at least one subject. There are, however, 16 universities that could not reach the top mark in at least one subject – although the ranking does not only cover absolute results. In order to avoid putting smaller universities at a disadvantage, the research performance in relation to the number of academics involved was also taken into account. “The results mirror the increase in competition in terms of performance,” says director of CHE Detlef Müller-Böling. “There are fewer first-class higher education institutions across the whole range, while the remaining ones are trying to make a name for themselves. There are more universities investing in special strengths.”

The comprehensive number of indicators used by the CHE for the research ranking makes the examination unique in Germany. In 2006, for the first time, the publication activities by academics in all medicine faculties in Germany have been examined. Additional information is the invention announcement figures (at the universities) for natural sciences. The reputations of all departments were also investigated via a survey of professors. The results of the CHE research ranking are based on extensive data acquisition by the CHE university ranking, the most comprehensive and detailed one in German-speaking countries.

On October 5, 2006 DIE ZEIT, media partner of the CHE research ranking, will publish a selection of the results in the pages of its “WISSEN” section that covers knowledge and education. The publication is being promoted by the Deutsche Telekom Stiftung (German Telekom Foundation).


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