World's best universities: German universities "also ran"

American and British training places ahead in the Shanghai ranking

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Harvard in front of Stanford and then the University of California at Berkeley: These are the winners of the 2007 Top 500 Ranking of the World's Best Colleges. It is published every year by the University of Shanghai and is therefore also known as the Shanghai Ranking. On the German side, the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München was ranked number 53 and the Technische Universität München, ranked 56, the most successful.


The best rankings in Europe were ranked fourth and ten by the Cambridge and Oxford universities. The universities of Tokyo and Kyoto ranked 20 and 22 out of the top universities in Asia. The best continental European university - ranked fifth in Europe and 27th worldwide - is the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. It thus occupies the same position as in previous years.

The global comparison of universities is made annually on the basis of the following indicators:

  • Quality of education display

    Alumni who have won a Nobel Prize or important Mathematics Prize

  • Quality of the staff

    Scientists with Nobel Prize and / or important Mathematics Award as well as frequently quoted researchers in 21 subjects

  • Output in research

    Articles published in the specialist journals "Nature" and "Science" as well as in the "Web of Science"

  • and size of the institutions

    Academic achievement with a view to the size

USA leader

More than half of the hundred best universities are in the United States. Great Britain is also outstanding with eleven selected colleges and has the four best European universities after this ranking. After all, Germany has six universities among the best, four in France and one in Italy.

Further placements of German universities:

Rank 65: University of Heidelberg

Rank 87: University of Göttingen

Rank 94: University of Freiburg

Rank 99: University of Bonn

The Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and the University of Leipzig are the leading representatives of East Germany. Both universities ranked 203 to 304 and rank among the top 30 in the Federal Republic.

Further information on the 2007 ranking

(idw - Shanghai Ranking, University of Halle-Wittenberg, University of Basel, 16.08.2007 - DLO)