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The Technical University of Munich is once again one of the four best technical universities in Europe. Photo: Andreas Heddergott/TUM

For the third time in a row, TUM comes second of all German universities


Straubinger Tagblatt | 21.09.2019 | modified

As in previous years, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) can also boast an international top position in the current worldwide university ranking of the journal: The TUM ranked 43rd among 1,396 universities, making it the second German university for the third time in a row – behind Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) Munich – and one of the four best technical universities in Europe. The Bavarian universities of Würzburg, Erlangen-Nuremberg and Passau are also among the top 20 percent in the ranking.

Science Minister Bernd Sibler (CSU) congratulated the successful universities: “The Bavarian universities can once again hold their own at the top of the world rankings with outstanding results,” he said according to a statement from his ministry. Sibler paid particular tribute to the fact that the LMU and the TUM are once again the two best German universities from Munich.

The TUM, which operates a campus in Straubing, particularly emphasised in a statement that it was able to defend its place in the ranking “in the quartet of the best European technical universities”. TUM was preceded by its partner university, Imperial College London in tenth place, ETH Zurich in 13th place and EPF Lausanne in 38th place. In Germany, TUM has been among the top trio of universities in comparison with the LMU and the University of Heidelberg for years. The ranking continues to be led by universities from Great Britain and the USA.

The ranking of the British magazine is made up of various factors: On the one hand, scientists worldwide are asked about the reputation of universities in research and teaching. On the other hand, data such as the number of publications per scientist, the citations per publication, the ratio of support, the third-party funds raised from industry and the degree of internationalisation are evaluated.