Subjects Taught at Freie Universität Berlin Ranked High in Latest CHE University Ranking

Geography, Earth Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics, Pharmacy, and Physics Were Reassessed

In the most recent university ranking of the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE), subjects at Freie Universität Berlin were again ranked very high. New achievements were recorded, particularly in the field of physics. The university also ranked in the top group in mathematics, geography, pharmacy, Earth sciences, and computer science, just as in 2012 when these subjects were last assessed.

In the CHE Ranking one third of the subjects are re-evaluated each year. The subjects evaluated this year are geography, Earth sciences, computer science, mathematics, pharmacy, and physics. According to CHE, more than 300 universities and universities of applied science in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the Netherlands are 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 9,000 professors and 150,000 students.

For the following subjects, Freie Universität is represented in the top groups of the indicators (overall assessment and student opinion):

Subject: Physics

  • International orientation (master’s degree)
  • Graduates in the norm period of study
  • between students
  • IT infrastructure

Subject: Geography

  • Third-party funds per scientist
  • Doctorates per professor
  • Publications per professor
  • Career orientation and practical relevance
  • Career relevance (master’s degree)

Subject: Mathematics

  • Third-party funds per scientist
  • Doctorates per professor
  • International orientation (master’s degree)
  • Proportion of graduates in the norm period of study

Subject: Pharmacy

  • IT infrastructure
  • Doctorates per professor

Subject: Earth Sciences

  • Career orientation and practical relevance
  • International orientation (master’s degree)

Subject: Computer Science

  • International orientation (master’s degree)

More reviews of subjects at Freie Universität in the top group of the CHE rankings (subjects not newly reviewed in 2015):

Subject: English Language and Literature/American Studies

  • Overall study situation
  • Study organization
  • International orientation
  • Proportion of graduates in the norm period of study
  • Range of courses offered
  • Support for stays abroad
  • Research orientation
  • IT infrastructure

Subject: Business Administration

  • Graduates in the norm period of study (bachelor’s degree)
  • Graduates in the norm period of study (master’s degree)
  • International orientation (MA)
  • Internationally visible publications
  • IT infrastructure

Subject: Education

  • Overall study situation
  • Career orientation and practical relevance
  • Third-party funds per academic
  • Proportion of graduates in the norm period of study
  • Support for stays abroad
  • Research orientation
  • IT infrastructure

Subject: German Studies

  • Proportion of graduates in the norm period of study
  • International orientation
  • Third-party funds per academic staff
  • Research reputation

Subject: History

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

Subject: Psychology

  • Proportion of graduates in the norm period of study
  • International orientation
  • Third-party funds per academic staff
  • Support for stays abroad

Subject: Law

Subject: Romance Languages

  • Proportion of graduates in the norm period of study
  • International orientation
  • Third-party funds per academic staff
  • IT infrastructure

Subject: Chemistry

  • Publications per professor
  • Inventions per 10 scientists
  • Involvement of students in teacher evaluations

Subject: Communication Studies / Journalism

  • Third-party funds per academic staff

Subject: Medicine (Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin)*

  • Third-party funds per scientist
  • Research reputation

* Students’ judgments were not included

Subject: Political Science

  • Third-party funds per academic staff
  • Research reputation
  • Doctorates per professor
  • Internationally visible publications

Subject: Economics

  • International orientation (master’s degree)

Subject: Dentistry

  • Doctorates per professor

The CHE University Rankings are documented online at www.zeit.de/hochschulranking.


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