The best German universities

1- Best German Universities

The Times Higher Education (THE) annually publishes a ranking of the top 1000 universities in the world. 7 German universities among the top 100:

  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (ranked 32 in the world)
  • Technische Universität München (ranked 44th in the world)
  • Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (ranked 47th in the world)
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (ranked 67th in the world)
  • RWTH Aachen (ranked 87th in the world)
  • Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen (ranked 89th in the world)
  • Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin (ranked 90th in the world)

2- Germany’s most innovative university

Twenty-three German universities were included in Reuters’ Top 100 Most Innovative Universities in Europe list in 2019. Reuters compiled the ranking based on ten criteria, including the number of patent applications and the number of scientific publications cited. These are the first three places:

  • Universität Nürnberg-Erlangen (ranked 2 in Europe)
  • Technische Universität München (ranked 7 in Europe)
  • Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (ranked 11th in Europe)

3- Nobel Prize-winning German Universities

The Technical University of Munich has so far won 16 Nobel Prize winners in Physics, Chemistry and Medicine, and the two Universities of Heidelberg and Göttingen each have 14 winners.

4- The largest university in Germany

The only German government distance learning university in Hagen occupies the first place in the number of students currently enrolled, and their number is estimated at about 77 thousand students. The largest public university is the University of Cologne, which registered 48,841 students in the winter semester 2017/2018.

5- Oldest university in Germany

Ruprecht-Karls-Heidelberg University Ruperto Carola founded in 1386, is the oldest university in Germany and one of the oldest in Europe. It is one of the leading medical universities. The German Cancer Research Center is also located in Heidelberg. Other areas of focus are neuroscience, physics, chemistry, mathematics and law. Heidelberg University was the first German university to set up branches abroad. In Santiago de Chile, in New York, Kyoto and Delhi.