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News vom 17.12.2008

Latest CHE ForschungsRanking (ResearchRanking) gives the latest results for business administration, sociology and economics: top class research not only at “universities of excellence”

The 2008 CHE ForschungsRanking (Research Ranking) includes both well-known and new departments with strong research performances. Outside of the Excellence Initiative, even higher education institutions such as Oldenburg, Duisburg-Essen or Hohenheim win points under the subjects heading when compared with other institutions. Every three years, the CHE collects fresh data for a number of core subjects. For the CHE ForschungsRanking (Research Ranking) 2008, the research indicators for business administration, sociology and economics have been analysed in detail. Eight universities each show strong research performances in sociology and economics; for business administration, 16 universities form the new top group in the new CHE ForschungsRanking (Research Ranking).

Factors analysed for the CHE ForschungsRanking (Research Ranking) are the level of the third-party funding procured, publications and the number of doctorates (absolute and per academic). In addition to the facts, the reputation of the departments from the point of view of the professors is also investigated, but this does not form part of the ranking. Sonja Berghoff, head of project within the CHE ForschungsRanking (Research Ranking), said: ”Every year, we highlight those top performers in research that have so far not been recognised by professors. One example is economics at the University of Hamburg: three years ago the department already belonged to the group of high-performing departments and now this year the university has achieved top group status in all the indicators analysed, but the institution still has no great reputation among professors. Generally speaking, a reputation is built up over a number years and does not fully portray reality.

Eight universities each show strong research performances in sociology and economics; for business administration, 16 universities form the new top group
In sociology, the universities of Bielefeld, Bremen, Darmstadt and Konstanz hold their ground in the top group as they did in 2005. New universities joining the group of high performers in research are the universities of Bochum, Hamburg, Heidelberg and Mannheim.

As was the case three years ago, the universities of Augsburg, Duisburg-Essen, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Frankfurt/Main, Köln, Mannheim, LMU and TU München, Münster, EBS Oestrich-Winkel and WHU Vallendar are in the top group for business administration. New universities joining the high performers are RWTH Aachen, TU Berlin and the universities of Hamburg, Hohenheim and Witten-Herdecke.

In economics, the HU Berlin and the universities of Hamburg and Mannheim are new arrivals to the group of top performers. This year, the universities of Bonn, Heidelberg, Münster, Oldenburg and the LMU München have also made it into the top group.

In the 2008 survey, the universities of Hamburg and Mannheim were the only HEIs that reached the top group for research performance in all three sections.

As the media partner of the CHE ForschungsRanking (Research Ranking), the German newspaper DIE ZEIT published the results in issue no. 52, published on 17 December 2008.
You can also download the results for the individual subjects.

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