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News vom 06.05.2008

Results from the latest CHE UniversityRanking

The latest CHE UniversityRanking shows top results for the universities of Mannheim, Erfurt, Münster and Bremen and very good results for the new dual study programmes in Business Administration. For courses in Social Work, it is mainly some ecclesiastical higher education institutions (HEIs) that are scoring points while Fachhochschulen are scoring points in terms of practical content.

The CHE has tested more than 250 universities and universities of applied sciences in Germany for the most comprehensive University Ranking for German-speaking countries. A selection of key findings was published on 7 May 2007 in the new study guide 2008/09 in the DIE ZEIT newspaper.

The latest study guide in the DIE ZEIT newspaper offers interview results for a total of 2,500 departments including almost 7,500 study programmes. More than 200,000 students and 15,000 professors were interviewed for the latest edition. One third of the entire range of disciplines is subject to fresh evaluation each year. This year’s assessment covered the subjects of Media, Business Informatics, Business Administration, Law, Political Sciences, Social Work, Sociology, Economics and Industrial Engineering.

A short summary of some of the findings:

Outstanding performance in the newly ranked subjects: Universität Mannheim
Universität Mannheim reached top group status in three of the updated subjects (Business Administration, Politics/Social Sciences and Sociology/ Social Sciences) with respect to all the listed indicators. The universities of Erfurt and Münster achieved top results in Media, Communications and Journalism, BTU Cottbus in Industrial Engineering, Universität Münster in Business Information Technology and Universität Bremen in Politics/Social Sciences.

Economics/Law: Bayreuth and Jena are top ranking HEIs for Economics; the private HEI and Europa-Universität Viadrina scored excellent results for Law
For Economics, the top-ranking universities of Bayreuth and Jena, each with top evaluations in four of five criteria groups, are missing out on the top spot only in terms of the research reputation of professors. The same applies to Law at the private Bucerius Law School in Hamburg and the Europa Universität Viadrina Frankfurt/O. each with for of five top results

Fachhochschulen are scoring points for practical content
The following Fachhochschulen reached all the top groups: Hochschule Reutlingen with respect to Business Studies, Hochschule Wismar with respect to Business Law and Hochschule Darmstadt with respect to Media and Communication Studies. For Industrial Engineering, ten Fachhochschulen reached four of five possible top groups, missing excellent marks only in the “reputation by professors” indicator. For Industrial Engineering, Nordakademie Elmshorn, Hochschule Furtwangen, FH Südwestfalen/Hagen and FH Wedel reached the top four out of five times.

Social Work: Very good results for ecclesiastical HEIs
Ecclesiastical HEIs are scoring points particularly in the subject of Social Work. Five of them are in the top group for four out of five indicators: KFH NW of Aachen, EFH Dresden, EFH Freiburg, KFH München and KFH München at the Benediktbeuren site. As far as public HEIs are concerned, only Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz reached a similarly good evaluation.

Dual study programmes for Business Administration on the test bench: Very positive evaluations by students and professors
This year, the dual study programmes for Business Administration at the technical colleges (Berufsakademien (BA)), Fachhochschulen (FH) and one university will first be compared among themselves. Apart from the students’ overall judgement and the evaluation of the quality of tutoring, ”Ranking kompakt“ includes the library equipment and the linking of theory and practice. Five HEIs and technical colleges (Berufsakademien (BA)) are in the top group with respect to all four indicators: the private university Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, the private Fachhochschule Nordakademie Elmshorn, BA Bankwirtschaft in Hannover, BA Leibniz Hannover and FH Ingolstadt.

The CHE University Ranking is to date the most comprehensive and detailed ranking in all German-speaking countries and includes up to 34 criteria per study programme. A selection of the most important results is published in the new DIE ZEIT study guide 2008/09, which offers school-leavers tips for starting studies. “School-leavers cannot visit all HEIs in order to find the appropriate study location,” says Prof. Detlef Müller-Böling, head of CHE. The guide is intended to prevent disorientation of many school-leavers: nearly all study programmes will be converted to the Bachelor/Master structure, new assessment tests und application talks supplement the school-leaving certificate qualifying for entry into higher education and many German Länder are introducing study fees. “The programme offer today is larger than it ever was,” says Martin Spiewak, chief editor of the study guide. “Higher education institutions are trying to find profiles for themselves and to be different from other HEIs. This implies that the beginners´ need for orientation is increasing,” says Spiewak.



The DIE ZEIT study guide 2008/09 is available in shops from 7 May and costs six euros. On 8 May, DIE ZEIT is dedicating a special section in the ZEIT Chancen section to the CHE UniversityRanking. The ranking can also be found on the internet www.zeit.de/hochschulranking. Users can enter their personal criteria to find suitable HEIs tailored to their individual study needs.


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