Over the past ten years, the significance of rankings for the German higher education system has risen considerably. A large number of ranking systems, both national and international, have emerged, comparing the performance of universities in respect to different focuses and employing varying methodologies.
The ranking probably best known in the international arena is the ‘THE World University Ranking’, issued by the prominent British journal ‘Times Higher Education’. This ranking seeks to assess the performance of universities in their core missions of research, teaching, knowledge transfer and international activity, and is regarded as the most comprehensive international evaluation of university standing. In the latest THE world ranking, the University of Göttingen occupies 112th place and consolidating its position among the world’s top institutions of higher education.
In the national comparison, the Funding Ranking issued by the German Research Foundation (DFG) provides information on the extent to which institutions within Germany receive financial support for research from the leading funding agencies. Between 2011 and 2013, the University of Göttingen attracted a total of €247.6 million in research funding from the DFG, placing it in sixth place in the latest Funding Ranking.
Ranking results at a glance:
Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings (2016/17)
No. 11 in Germany * No. 45 in Europe * No. 112 worldwide
QS World University Rankings (2017/18)
No. 11 in Germany * No. 79 in Europe * No. 181 worldwide
Shanghai Ranking of World Universities (2016/17)
No. 101-150 worldwide