For the THE Impact Ranking, the British magazine Times Higher Education studies the impact of universities in various categories derived from the United Nations Global Sustainable Development Goals. In the area of industry, innovation and infrastructure, the rankings reflect the number of research publications in fields that play an important role in innovations with a sustainable impact such as energy, Industry 4.0, smart cities and 3D printing. Also reflected in the university rankings are citations of research work in patents, the number of start-ups launched and the research income from industry.
With the maximum number of points, TUM ties for the number one spot in the worldwide table with the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto and TU Delft. Important partners of TUM in the top 100 include Imperial College London (16th) and École Polytechnique (44th).
TUM also achieves excellent results in other international rankings on a regular basis, including 12th place worldwide in the latest Global University Employability Ranking, in which companies rate the quality of graduates.