Center for Higher Education Development (CHE) Again Certifies Excellence for Freie Universität in Several Subjects

Natural Sciences, Earth Sciences, Life Sciences Were Reassessed

No 092/2018 from May 08, 2018

The Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) once again gave Freie Universität Berlin top marks in several subjects in its latest university ranking. In the survey results published on Tuesday, the CHE highlighted the very good support offered students at the beginning of their studies in mathematics, biology/life sciences, chemistry, physics, geography, and Earth sciences. The university and its medical school Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin also received the best rating in the subjects of chemistry, pharmacy, political and social sciences, and medicine in the category of graduation within an appropriate time. The subjects geography, Earth sciences, mathematics, and physics were rated very well in their international orientation.

In the CHE University Ranking, one third of the subjects are reassessed each year. This year the assessed subjects are: biology/life sciences, chemistry, geography, Earth sciences, computer science, mathematics, medicine, nursing science, pharmacy, physics, political and social sciences, sports/sports science, sports for teaching, and dentistry. Not all of these subjects are taught at Freie Universität. According to CHE, more than 300 universities and universities of applied science in Germany and Austria are assessed. In addition to facts about studying, teaching, and research, the assessments are based on data from surveys of around 150,000 students.

Freie Universität is included in the top groups for the following subjects and indicators:

Subject: Biology/Life Sciences

  • Support for stays abroad
  • Support during initial phase of studies

Subject: Chemistry

  • Graduations in appropriate time
  • Study organization
  • Support during initial phase of studies
  • Support in studies
  • Teaching of technical/professional competence

Subject: Geography

  • Contact to/with work environment
  • Support during initial phase of studies
  • International orientation
  • Third-party funds per academic staff
  • Doctorates per professor

Subject: Earth Sciences

  • Support during initial phase of studies
  • International orientation
  • Contact to/with work environment

Subject: Computer Science

  • IT infrastructure
  • Third-party funds per academic staff
  • Doctorates per professor

Subject: Mathematics

  • Support during initial phase of studies
  • Third-party funds per academic staff
  • International orientation
  • Doctorates per professor

Subject: Medicine (Department of Medicine: Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin)

  • Publications per professor
  • Graduations in appropriate time
  • Third-party funds per professor
  • Doctorates per professor
  • Research reputation

Subject: Pharmacy

  • Graduations in appropriate time
  • Equipment of the laboratories

Subject: Physics

  • Support during initial phase of studies
  • Study organization
  • Support for stays abroad
  • International orientation

Subject: Political Science/Social Science

  • Graduations in appropriate time
  • IT infrastructure
  • Research reputation

Subject: Dentistry (Department of Medicine: Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin)

  • Publications per professor
  • Third-party funds per professor
  • Doctorates per professor

More reviews of subjects at Freie Universität in the top group of the CHE rankings (subjects not newly reviewed in 2018):

Subject: English Language and Literature/American Studies

  • Support in studies
  • International orientation
  • IT infrastructure
  • Support for stays abroad
  • Foreign language teaching
  • Support during initial phase of studies

Subject: Education

  • IT infrastructure
  • Contact to/with work environment
  • Third-party funds per academic staff

Subject: German Language and Literature

  • International orientation
  • Doctorates per professor
  • Research reputation
  • Contact to/with work environment
  • Support during initial phase of studies
  • Third-party funds per professor

Subject: History

  • Graduations in appropriate time
  • Research funding

Subject: Communication Studies/Journalism

  • Third-party funds per academic staff

Subject: Psychology

  • International orientation
  • Third-party funds per professor
  • Doctorates per professor
  • Publications per academic staff
  • Citations per academic staff

Subject: Romance Languages and Literatures

  • Graduations in appropriate time
  • Support during initial phase of studies
  • Third-party funds per professor

Subject: Law

  • Support during initial phase of studies

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


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