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THE Ranking 2016

LMU again ranked as best German university

München, 09/22/2016

In the latest (2016) edition of the World University Ranking published by the Times Higher Education (THE), a weekly magazine focusing on third-level education, LMU takes 30th place and retains its rating as the best university in Germany.


The new THE Ranking leads off with a first – in two senses of the term. For the first time, the top spot in the list is occupied by a European institution - the University of Oxford – which is followed by the California Institute of Technology and Stanford University. The Times Higher Education World University Ranking first appeared in its current form in 2010. The latest edition lists a total of 980 institutions in 79 countries. LMU is once again the best of the German contingent, sharing the 30th rung on the ladder with the École Polytechnique Féderale de Lausanne.

The THE Ranking is based on a total of 13 indicators, including the university’s reputation and historical importance. But most emphasis is placed on the two core activities of all universities – research and education. In the overall assessment, the quality of research, the citation records of research publications and the quality of tuition each contribute 30% to the final score. Since 2015 the citation data are compiled in cooperation with Elsevier (Scopus). According to Times Higher Education, great care is taken to ensure the quality and transparency of the assessment.