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QS Ranking: High marks again for the TU MünchenTUM leads in natural and engineering sciences

The Technische Universität München (TUM) has once again achieved an outstanding position in an international ranking. TUM placed 53rd, the same position it held last year, in the QS World University Ranking. With that it ranks number 2 in Germany, after Heidelberg (50th place). In the subject groups of natural sciences and engineering sciences, TUM strongly improved its standing: It is second to none on the national level, and worldwide it ranks 15th and 17th respectively in these subject areas.

The renowned QS World University Ranking considers factors such as the university's reputation in the academic and business communities, the number of citations per faculty member, the faculty/student ratio, and the proportion of international staff and students. For the subject-area rankings, only reputation and citations are evaluated. The British human resources service provider QS uses statistics as well as surveys of scientists and personnel managers.

The TU München gets high marks not only for its research, but also for its faculty/student ratio. Besides TUM (53rd place) and the University of Heidelberg (50th), the only German university ranked in the top 100 worldwide is LMU Munich (65th). The highest-ranked German technical university is Karlsruhe, in 116th place. Among all technical universities in Europe, the TU München is number 5.

In August, placing 50th worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities ("Shanghai Ranking"), TUM was rated the best university in Germany, above Heidelberg (54th), LMU (61st), and Freiburg (100th).

"German universities must become more international"

TUM President Wolfgang A. Herrmann takes the QS Ranking as an opportunity to highlight the broad need for improvement among German universities with respect to internationalizing both faculty and the student body. TUM's response includes the creation of a new appointment and career system, TUM Faculty Tenure Track. Universities can increase the numbers of international students they attract, Herrmann advises, by cultivating a distinctly more service-oriented culture and by offering more courses taught in English.

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