University of Freiburg among the best ten universities in Germany in the QS World University Rankings Europe 2024

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Photo: Sandra Meyndt
Photo: Sandra Meyndt

Ranked 4th in sustainability - 6th among comprehensive universities - 3rd in citation rates

The QS World University Rankings Europe 2024 distinguished the University of Freiburg as the tenth best university in Germany. Among the comprehensive universities, the University of Freiburg ranked 6th. In a Europe-wide comparison, it ranked 79th among the best 688 universities. The University of Freiburg achieved the highest score in a Germany-wide comparison in the area of citation rate of publications with 3rd place. In terms of sustainability, it is in 4th place, and in terms of the proportion of international scientists, it is in 7th place. In terms of alumni activity after graduation, the university ranked 10th.

The British company Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) publishes the QS World University Rankings annually in cooperation with the scientific publisher Elsevier. This year, the QS World University Rankings Europe was published for the first time.

Adjusted methodology, twelve indicators

For the first edition of the QS World University Rankings Europe, the methodology for evaluating universities was further developed compared to the QS World University Rankings. The universities are evaluated on the basis of twelve instead of nine differently weighted indicators in the areas of research, teaching and internationality. These include academic reputation, reputation as an employer, teacher-student ratio, international research collaborations, citations per publication, publications per faculty, proportion of international students, proportion of international academics, alumni activity after graduation, sustainability, and incoming and outgoing student exchanges. The publication analyses are based on results from Elsevier’s Scopus database. Further data are provided by the universities.