To compile the UniversityRanking, the CHE conducts a number of different data collections. Data is collected through questionnaires
administered to member of departments/faculties, professors, students as well as by an analysis of the publication activity of the academics
of the respective department.
In addition, institutional level data is collected from the HEIs involved. An analysis of invention
disclosures in certain engineering and natural sciences subjects is also conducted.
An advisory board, consisting of
representatives of the subjects analysed, provides expert support for the investigations. The questionnaires used for the data collection are
customized to reflect special aspects of each subject being examined.
Different programms are evaluated in different years. All in
all, nearly 40 subject areas are in included in the ranking