Top again in Germany! The Shanghai Ranking for 2018, i.e. the Academic Ranking of World Universities, today revealed that Heidelberg University is again the best university in Germany, for the fifth successive time after 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Ruperto Carola comes in 47th internationally, in Europe, it edged up to 12th place. A total of four German universities are among the top 100 of the world’s best. Heidelberg is followed by the Technical University of Munich (48th), Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (53rd) und the University of Göttingen (99th).
The Shanghai ranking measures the scholarly influence of the universities, focusing on the importance of their research. Publications and citations in international journals each account for 20 per cent of the rating. Those researchers cited most frequently make up 20 per cent, as do Nobel Prize or Fields Medal winners. Finally, 10 per cent goes, respectively, to alumni who have received one of those prestigious honours and to academic performance based on the size of the university.