Centre for Higher Education Development Ranks Department of Law at Freie Universitšt among Best

CHE Rated Law at Top in Seven Categories

No 076/2020 from May 05, 2020

In the most recent ranking by the†Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE), Freie Universitšt Berlin performed particularly well in law. In the survey results published on Tuesday, the Department of Law at Freie Universitšt was ranked at the top in seven categories. They are: support during the initial phase of studies, third-party funding per academic staff, support for study abroad, facilities and equipment both in the classrooms and the library, and the IT infrastructure.

In the CHE Ranking one third of the subjects are re-evaluated each year. The subjects evaluated this year are law, business administration, economics, business informatics, business engineering, business law, social work, and for the first time, business psychology. Economics and business administration at Freie Universitšt Berlin were only ranked in a few indicators based on publicly available data. The university was noted for top achievements in awarding degrees in business administration within a reasonable time.

According to CHE, approximately 40 subjects at more than 300 universities and universities of applied science were evaluated. In addition to facts related to the classes taught, teaching methods, facilities, and research, the rankings also include the results of surveys of some 120,000 students and 3,000 professors.

For the following subjects, Freie Universitšt is included in the top groups of the indicators:

  • Support during initial phase of studies
  • Support for stays abroad
  • Third-party funding per academic staff
  • IT infrastructure
  • Individual study spaces
  • Proportion of graduates in the norm period of study
  • Support during initial phase of studies
  • International orientation (bachelor’s program)
  • International orientation (master’s program)


  • Support for study abroad
  • Support during initial phase of studies
  • Proportion of graduates in the norm period of study
  • Organization of degree programs
  • Support during initial phase of studies
  • Support during degree programs
  • Teaching of technical/professional competence
  • IT infrastructure
  • Contact with work environment (bachelor’s degree program)
  • Third-party funding per academic staff
  • Doctorates per professor
  • Contact with work environment
  • Support during initial phase of studies
  • International orientation
  • Third-party funding per academic staff
  • Doctorates per professor
  • Support during initial phase of studies
  • International orientation
  • Career orientation and practical relevance


  • Proportion of graduates in the norm period of study
  • Third-party funding
  • Third-party funds per academic staff


  • IT infrastructure
  • Third-party funds per academic staff
  • Doctorates per professor
  • Support during initial phase of studies
  • Third-party funds per academic staff
  • International orientation
  • Doctorates per professor
  • Publications per professor
  • Proportion of graduates in the norm period of study
  • Third-party funds per professor
  • Doctorates per professor
  • Research reputation
  • Proportion of graduates in the norm period of study
  • Equipment in the laboratories for student practice
  • Support during initial phase of studies
  • Organization of degree programs
  • Support for study abroad
  • International orientation


  • Proportion of graduates in the norm period of study
  • IT infrastructure
  • Research reputation
  • Support for study abroad
  • IT infrastructure
  • Doctorates per professor
  • Publications per academic staff
  • Citations per publication
  • Support during initial phase of studies
  • International orientation (bachelor’s degree program)
  • Publications per professor
  • Third-party funds per professor
  • Doctorates per professor

The CHE University Rankings are documented online at www.zeit.de/che-ranking.

Due to the spread of the coronavirus, all public events at Freie Universitšt Berlin have been canceled through July 20, 2020.


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