The CHE University Ranking, first published 1998, is the most comprehensive and detailed ranking of German higher education
institutions. It includes 35 subjects and therefore serves more than three-quarters of all first-year higher education students. In addition to
facts about study programmes, teaching, equipment, and research, the ranking also includes the assessments of 250,000 students on the
study conditions at their HEI as well as an evaluation of the reputation of the departments by professors of the individual subjects. Since its
launch, the CHE University Ranking has always provided fair, informative and qualified information for both the primary target group of first-
year students, existing students, and for HEIs. All results are freely available on the Internet at https://ranking.zeit.de/che/en/.
In 1998, the CHE published its first ranking in co-
operation with Stiftung Warentest. The first ranking analysed business administration and chemistry programmes. In subsequent years, the
range of subjects analysed has been continually expanded. From 1999 until 2004, the ranking was issued with the German magazine stern.
Since 2005 it has been published by the German weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT. The CHE is responsible for conception, data collection and
analysis. The co-operation partner DIE ZEIT is in charge of publication, sales and marketing.