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Shanghai Ranking 2009

LMU Munich still ranks as best German university

Munich, 11/02/2009

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich is still the highest-ranking German university. That was the result of the recently published Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) of Jiao Tong University in Shanghai. Like last year, LMU Munich ranks 55th in this list of the 100 best universities in the world, maintaining its top position among German universities. The international top spots are still held by Harvard, Stanford and Berkeley Universities, with Cambridge University the European front-runner in 4th place. The highest-ranking discipline at LMU is physics, which ranks 25th worldwide.

LMU president Professor Bernd Huber sees this result above all as incentive to boost LMU’s international position even further: “This result once again reveals LMU's unchallenged position in Germany, but from an international vantage, there is still room for improvement.” He also says one must always consider the method of ranking. Overall, the Shanghai ranking is independent and long-term. “In the long run, however, we need a ranking system that applies to European scientific standards. As Chairman of the League of European Research Universities, I shall be campaigning for such a system,” emphasizes Huber.

Jiao-Tong-University has maintained its ranking since 2003. The evaluation takes into account publications in international scientific journals (40 percent), alumni and staff winning Nobel prizes (30 percent), most highly-cited researchers (20 percent) and the per capita research achievements with respect to the size of the institution (10 percent).

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