In its "THE Impact Ranking", the renowned British magazine "Times Higher Education" investigates the effectiveness of universities in various categories oriented to the United Nations' global Sustainable Development Goals. In the Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure category the ranking looks at the number of research publications in fields which are of great importance for sustainably effective innovations. The ranking also investigates how often research work is cited in patents, how many start-ups a university has spun off and how much external research funding the universities receive from industry.
TUM scored the maximum possible number of points in the ranking, thus sharing the top position worldwide with the University of British Columbia in Canada and University of Twente in the Netherlands. TUM regularly demonstrates its internationally outstanding performance in other rankings as well.