=10. Universität Freiburg
Universität Freiburg climbs 17 places in this year’s QS World University Rankings® to now place joint 169th, meaning it’s now joint ninth among the top universities in Germany (having been 10th in previous years). It’s also one of the oldest German universities, having been established in 1457.
Ranked joint 169th alongside Freiburg this year, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen receives the third-strongest score in Germany for the faculty/student ratio indicator (in the global top 100) and is considered particularly prestigious in the fields of medicine, law, and theology and religion.
Heading to the German capital for the next in our look at the 10 best universities in Germany, Technische Universität Berlin retains its position of 147th in the world in 2020 and achieves its strongest score for its reputation among graduate employers, at 81st in the world.
Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen) climbs six places in this year’s world university rankings to now place 138th, receiving a very high score for the employer reputation indicator. With more than 45,200 students and 157 study courses, it’s the largest technical university in Germany.
Ranked joint 130th in the world in 2020, Freie Universität Berlin appears in the top 100 of the academic reputation indicator and is particularly highly regarded for the fields of natural and life sciences.
KIT, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie is down eight places this year to now rank 124th in the world, and is known as one of the best universities in Germany for engineering and the natural sciences. It features in the top 100 for both its reputation with employers and its research impact (citations per faculty member), achieving the highest score in the top 10 for the latter.
Overtaking KIT to rank fourth among the top universities in Germany this year (as well as continuing to place first in Berlin), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is ranked joint 120th in the world and is particularly renowned in the arts and humanities fields, placing 21st for this as of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg is down two spots to rank 66th in the world in 2020 but remains the third highest-ranked institution in Germany. The oldest university in the country, it achieves the highest score in the top 10 for the faculty/student ratio indicator.
Ranked 63rd in the world in 2020, Ludwig-Maximilians – Universität München was founded in 1472 and currently has more than 50,900 students. It earns the best score in the top 10 for the academic reputation indicator (39th) and has been associated with 42 Nobel Laureates.
And finally, Technische Universität München (TUM, or Technical University of Munich in English)again places first among the top German universities, climbing six places this year to rank 55th in the world. Founded in 1868 to provide the German state of Bavaria with a learning center for natural sciences, TUM now educates around 41,375 students in 15 academic departments and maintains a strong cooperation with industry partners, as well as earning 17th place in the employer reputation indicator.