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Times Higher Education Ranking 2010:

LMU is rated among the top German universities in leading world rankings

Munich, 09/17/2010

In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, which is published today, LMU Munich takes 61st place, and is once again among the best universities in Germany. Only three German institutions figure in the top 100: Georg-August-Universität Göttingen is ranked 43rd and Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg takes 83rd place. Indeed, LMU has significantly improved its position relative to last year’s ranking, moving up 37 places. This underlines LMU’s standing among its peers in Germany. The fact that LMU currently occupies a leading position in the three major worldwide ranking lists serves as further confirmation of this status. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) published by Jiao Tong University in Shanghai recently, LMU takes 52nd place, while the latest table produced by the British research and recruiting firm QS puts LMU in 66th position.

Times Higher Education World University Ranking (THE) 2010
Harvard University leads the new Times Higher Education table, followed by the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Among European institutions, Oxford and Cambridge take the top spot, coming both in 6th.
This year’s ranking exercise was based on a new methodology and was carried out in collaboration with Thomson Reuters, a specialist in citation analysis. The THE’s previous partnership with QS (a company active in educational research and academic recruiting) was terminated last year, and QS has produced a list of its own this time round. A total of 600 pre-selected universities were evaluated for the THE table, the published ranking includes the top 200. According to THE, more emphasis was placed this time on quality and transparency. Less weight was assigned to reputation and traditional standing, and correspondingly more attention was paid to how well each institution performs the central tasks of a university: research, teaching and knowledge transfer.
The latest edition of the THE ranking is based on the assessment of 13 indicators, distributed in five categories. These contribute to the final score as follows: number of citations, 32.5%; quality of teaching, 30%; reputation for research, 30%; international character of teaching staff and students, 5%; technology transfer to industry, 2.5%. Furthermore, worldwide more than 13,000 academics took part in the survey carried out to assess institutional reputations, the highest response rate in the past six years. Details of specific subject-related rankings will appear in the coming weeks.

The Shanghai Ranking (“Academic Ranking of World Universities”) 2010
In the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) issued by Jiao Tong University in Shanghai last month LMU was again rated to be the best university in Germany, taking 52nd place among the top 100 universities in the world. In the 2009 edition of the table, LMU was placed 55th. The top three positions in this year’s Shanghai Ranking go to American universities – Harvard, UC Berkeley and Stanford, respectively. The highest ranked European contender is Cambridge University, which comes 4th.
Jiao-Tong-University produced the first version of its listing in 2003. The ranking system is based on the evaluation of the following criteria: numbers of publications in scientific journals (40%), numbers of faculty who have won the Nobel Prize or the Fields Medal (30%) and/or are the most highly cited authors in their fields (20%), and overall research activity relative to the size of the institution (10%).

QS World University Ranking 2010
In the ranking recently published by QS, LMU occupies 66th place, an improvement of 32 places over the previous year’s list. Among ranked German universities, this position is bettered only by Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (51st) and the Technical University of Munich (58th). In the subject-specific ranking for Social Sciences, LMU is the only German representative among the top 40 universities in the world. In Natural Sciences, LMU takes 25th, in Life Sciences and Medicine 50th, and in the Humanities 34th position.
The assessment criteria utilized in the QS World University Ranking include academic reputation, student-faculty ratio, number of citations per faculty member, standing with employers, and the percentage of students and tutors from foreign countries. The QS listing is based on the evaluation of statistical material and interviews with academics and personnel managers


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