New university ranking published

Students rate their study conditions

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300, 000 students and the CHE Center for Higher Education Development have tested the conditions at more than 250 German universities and technical colleges. The result is a university ranking for the German-speaking region, which should make it easier for students to choose their study location.


In addition to facts about study, teaching, equipment and research, the ranking includes judgments by almost 300, 000 students on the study conditions at their university as well as the reputation of the departments among the professors of the individual subjects. A selection of the most important results can be found in the new ZEIT Study Guide 2007/08, which facilitates entry into student life with articles and tips on studying. The booklet helps high school graduates to choose the right field of study, helps them decide on the right place to study and gives tips on starting their studies.

Each year, one third of the subjects are reassessed. This year, it is English / American Studies, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Educational Science, German Studies, History, Mechanical Engineering, Psychology and Process Engineering / Chemical Engineering. The subject of Romance Studies was added. A selection of the most important results will be published on May 9, 2007 in the new ZEIT Study Guide 2007/08. Some results summarized:


Jena and Konstanz are well-received by students and professors. Equally well-regarded among students and professors are the universities of Jena and Konstanz: the students of psychology are very satisfied with the overall study situation, and the professors rate both universities as leaders in research. In addition, both universities are in the lead group in attracting third-party funding. The LMU in Munich is also regarded as a leader by professors in research. The students of psychology feel well taken care of at the Universities of Freiburg, Heidelberg, Marburg and the TU Dresden. Great satisfaction also prevails with regard to the study situation as a whole and the occupational relationship. display


High research reputation of the FU Berlin and the University of Bielefeld, positive assessment of the students for the overall study situation. At the universities of Oldenburg, Regensburg and Tübingen, students are very satisfied with the overall study situation, the supervision and the library equipment. According to professors, the FU and HU Berlin as well as the Universities of Bielefeld and LMU Munich are leaders in research. All in all, the FU Berlin and the University of Bielefeld are rated very positively in the study situation.


Outstanding results of the Universities of Freiburg and Tübingen in study and teaching. The subjects English and American studies, German studies and history of the Universities of Freiburg and Tübingen are found in the top group according to the judgment of students on study and teaching mostly.

The FU Berlin and the LMU Munich, which are also among the leading researchers in Romance Studies, and the Universities of Freiburg and Tübingen, are considered as leaders in research in these three subjects.


High research reputation of the University of Karlsruhe, ETH Zurich performs well in architecture. In the field of architecture, the University of Stuttgart and the ETH Zurich rank among professors in terms of overall student satisfaction as well as research reputation. In addition, the universities of Hannover, Weimar and Wuppertal and the Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart are rated as very good by the students. The Fachhochschulen Biberach, Munich, Münster and Stuttgart are recommended by the professors for the FH study.

(idw - CHE Center for University Development, 09.05.2007 - AHE)