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THE Ranking 2012

LMU again best German university

Munich, 10/04/2012

In the latest version of the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking LMU Munich is placed 48th overall, and is once again rated as the best university in Germany. Among its peers in Europe as a whole, LMU takes the 10th spot.

“This latest result shows that LMU is now consistently regarded as one of the leading universities in Europe,” said LMU President Professor Bernd Huber. “This ranking is further confirmation of LMU’s high level of achievement and a tribute to the splendid work being done by our academic staff.”

This year’s THE World University Ranking places the California Institute of Technology at the head of the field, with the University of Oxford and Stanford University completing the top three. LMU takes 48th place – making it the only German university to figure in the Top Fifty. In the evaluations of individual disciplines LMU does particularly well in physics (19th), biosciences (37th) and medicine (42nd), outstripping all its German competitors in these subjects.

The ranking is based on the assessment of 400 universities, which were preselected from a larger sample. The table is the result of a collaborative exercise carried out by the THE and Thomson Reuters. Both partners are at pains to point out that great emphasis is placed on quality and transparency, while factors such an institution’s overall reputation and historical significance are given less weight. Performance indicators focus instead on a university’s core activities - research, teaching and knowledge transfer. In all, a set of 13 indicators are evaluated, which fall into one of five major areas. The number of publications, the quality of tuition and the impact of research findings contribute 30% to the final score, while a university’s international outlook (as expressed in the activities and diversity of its staff and students) accounts for 7.5% and effective transfer of technology to industry for 2.5% of the total points.

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