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News vom 06.05.2009

Results from the latest CHE UniversityRanking

The latest DIE ZEIT study guide lists the results of the UniversityRanking by the CHE – Centre for Higher Education Development and shows top results for the model programmes in Medicine. They perform noticeably better than traditional Medicine programmes. For programmes in Teaching, Universität Freiburg gained excellent results. The universities of the Southern German Bundesländer are scoring points with high research reputation especially in Natural Sciences.

The latest DIE ZEIT study guide lists the results of the UniversityRanking by the CHE – Centre for Higher Education Development and shows top results for the model programmes in Medicine. They perform noticeably better than traditional Medicine programmes. For programmes in Teaching, Universität Freiburg gained excellent results. The universities of the Southern German Bundesländer are scoring points with high research reputation especially in Natural Sciences.

The CHE has tested almost 300 universities and Fachhochschulen in Germany as well as selected HEIs (higher education institutions) in Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands for the most comprehensive university ranking for German-speaking countries. A selection of key findings was published on 6 May 2009 in the new study guide 2009/10 in the German newspaper DIE ZEIT. For the first time, the 268page magazine includes an additional DIE ZEIT scholarship guide giving a comprehensive overview over the offers by foundations and other scholarship donors for the financing of studies.

One third of the entire range of disciplines is subject to fresh evaluation each year. This year´s assessment covered the subjects of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Care, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geosciences, Geography, Mathematics and Computer Sciences. For the first time, Sports Science is included in the ranking.

A short summary of the most important national findings:

New model programmes in Medicine are convincing for students
For Medicine, the top ranking model programme of Medizinische Fakultät Mannheim, Universität Heidelberg and Universität Lübeck reached four of five top group positions. Also, Dutch Medicine programmes show good results.

Excellent results for teaching programmes of Universität Freiburg
Universität Freiburg shows excellent results in the teaching programmes for Biology, Geography and Sports. In addition, the departments of Biology and Dentistry gained very good evaluations with three indicators. Pharmacy even reached four out of five possible top positions.

Universities of the Southern German Bundesländer scoring points with high research reputation in Natural Sciences
The Natural Sciences offered by the universities of the Southern German Bundesländer have an excellent reputation in research: in Freiburg, Gottingen, Heidelberg, Munich and Tubingen the subject Biology is highly approved; the same applies to Chemistry in Aachen, Gottingen, Heidelberg, Karlsruhe and Munich; and to Physics in Aachen, Heidelberg, Karlsruhe and Munich.

Sports/ Sports Science for the first time included in the ranking
The universities of Jena, Kiel, Potsdam and Tubingen are highly performing in Sports Science that was part of the ranking for the first time this year. They performed best with each three out of four indicators in the top group. Apart from the overall assessment by students and the evaluation of tutoring and advising, the Ranking kompakt includes the evaluation of the sports grounds as well as the research indicators “research funds” and “research reputation”.

Computer Sciences: Fachhochschulen are advancing
In Computer Sciences, the Fachhochschulen FH Bonn-Rhein-Sieg in St. Augustin, FH Brandenburg and HAW Hamburg reached each four of five possible top groups. Top groups were also reached by the four universities of Karlsruhe, Passau and Saarbrucken, and the Hasso-Plattner-Institut in Potsdam.

The CHE UniversityRanking is to date the most comprehensive and detailed ranking in all German-speaking countries. Since a couple of years, the ranking has also been including higher education institutions (HEIs) from Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands; the latest ranking additionally included HEIs from Italy, Hungary and Romania. “Especially with respect to Medicine, many German potential students are interested in taking up studies in neighbouring countries or in Hungary. But also for other disciplines the horizon of school leavers is no longer limited to Germany”, says CHE managing director Frank Ziegele.

Up to 34 criteria per study programme are included in the ranking. A selection of the most important results is published in the new DIE ZEIT study guide 2009/10. The magazine offers school-leavers help for choosing the appropriate study programme and selecting a suitable study location, and it gives tips for starting studies. The study guide of DIE ZEIT introduces 31 study programmes from A to Z in detailed and descriptive manner. The offer includes subject-specific information about bachelor and master programmes as well as financial supports. This way the weekly newspaper counteracts the disorientation of many school-leavers. “Today, the offer of study programmes is larger than it ever was”, says Martin Spiewak, chief editor of the study guide. At the same time, the number of programmes with admission restriction is increasing. “Today, school-leavers must spend much more time on searching for their ideal university, says Spiewak.



The DIE ZEIT study guide 2009/10 including the DIE ZEIT scholarship guide is available in shops from 6 May 2009 and costs 6,90 EUR. The ranking can also be found on the internet. Users can enter their personal criteria to find suitable HEIS tailored to their individual study needs.


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