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Times Higher Education Ranking 2011: LMU is the best of the German contenders

Munich, 10/07/2011

In the latest Times Higher Education World University Ranking, LMU Munich tops the list of German contenders, and is placed 45th overall. This represents an improvement of 16 places relative to last year’s listing. Among European universities LMU now occupies the 8th slot.

“We are very pleased with this very fine showing,” said LMU President Professor Bernd Huber. “This ranking confirms our position among the top European universities. The fact that we have once again been able to take a large step forward demonstrates that the continuing implementation of our strategic concepts for steadily sharpening LMU’s profile as a university of the first rank is having the desired effect. This latest ranking is a clear endorsement of the first-rate research being done by our faculty, and underlines the high standards of performance at LMU.”

In the latest editions of the three most prestigious world rankings, LMU is consistently rated among the leaders. It is reckoned to be the best comprehensive university in Germany by the recent Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) published by Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, which puts LMU in 54th place.  The current ranking compiled by QS, a British recruiting and career development firm, has LMU in 62th place. In terms of the number of prestigious long-term grants awarded by the European Research Council (ERC), LMU is 9th among its peers in Europe. “The consistency of our position in the top group in all global and European rankings shows that LMU has now earned itself a place among the leading universities worldwide,” said LMU President Bernd Huber.

Times Higher Education World University Ranking (THE) 2011
This year‘s survey rated 400 universities from all over the world, which were selected on the basis of a preliminary evaluation. According to the Times Higher Education and Thomson Reuters, the agencies responsible for compiling the rankings, great emphasis is placed on the quality and transparency of the assessment exercise. Tradition and historical reputation are accorded less weight than current levels of achievement in the central tasks of a university - research, teaching and innovation.

The Times Higher Education Ranking is based on the assessment of 13 indicators, which are assigned to five broad categories. Citations (as a measure of research influence), the quality of tuition and the learning environment, and the volume and reputation of the research produced each contribute 30% to the final score. The international outlook of the student body and the academic staff counts for 7.5%, and industrial income (a proxy for technological innovation) for 2.5%.

Times Higher Education World University Ranking

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