Center for Higher Education Development (CHE) Certifies Excellence for Freie Universitšt in Natural and Political Sciences

New University Ranking

No 078/2021 from May 05, 2021

Freie Universitšt Berlin performed extremely well in the most recent ranking published by the Center for Higher Education Development (CHE). Almost all the subjects in the natural sciences were ranked in the top groups for their outstanding support for students during the initial phase of their studies. Students of biochemistry, mathematics, physics, and political science are very satisfied with the library facilities. The IT infrastructure and courses offered are praised highly by those studying physics and political science. Biology students rated support during their studies, examination prodedures, the teaching of skills needed in biology, and scientific relevance as very good. Those studying biochemistry highly praised the scientific relevance and good career orientation. Chemistry students appreciate the organization of the degree programs and teaching of skills needed in chemistry. Physics students also appreciate the organization of the degree programs and the equipment in the laboratories. In research the subjects of computer science and mathematics were ranked in the top group for doctorates per professor, and just as in political science, for third-party funds per academic staff. The Earth sciences were ranked in the top group for publications per academic staff.

In the CHE University Ranking, one third of the subjects are reassessed each year. This year the assessed subjects are: biochemistry, mathematics, physics, and politcal science. According to CHE, more than 300 universities and universities of applied science are evaluated. In addition to facts about studying, teaching, and research, the assessments are based on data from surveys of students. The students answered questions about how they find the conditions for studying in general as well as concrete criteria such as advising and support in their studies or for stays abroad. Other questions pertained to the curricula, organization of studies, and examination procedures. Furthermore, they were asked how they find the career orientation, contact with the work environment, the rooms, library facilities, and the IT infrastructure.

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

  • Support during initial phase of studies
  • Graduations in appropriate time (master’s degree)
  • Relevance for science
  • Career orientation
  • Library facilities


  • Support during initial phase of studies
  • Graduations in appropriate time (bachelor’s/Staats Exam/doctorate)
  • Support in studies
  • Teaching of technical/professional competence
  • Relevance for science
  • Support during initial phase of studies
  • Teaching of technical/professional competence
  • Organization of studies
  • Support during initial phase of studies
  • Doctorates per professor


  • Support during initial phase of studies
  • Publications per academic staff


  • Support during initial phase of studies
  • Research funds per academic staff
  • Doctorates per professor
  • Equipment of the work spaces
  • Support during initial phase of studies
  • Research funds per academic staff
  • Doctorates per professor
  • Organization of studies
  • Library facilities
  • Graduations in appropriate time (bachelor’s/Staats Exam/doctorate)
  • Support during initial phase of studies
  • Organization of studies
  • Library facilities
  • IT infrastructure
  • Equipment of the laboratories
  • Research funds per academic staff
  • Library facilities
  • IT infrastructure

More reviews of subjects at Freie Universitšt in the top group of the CHE rankings (subjects not newly reviewed in 2020):


  • Graduations in appropriate time


  • Support during initial phase of studies
  • International orientation (bachelor’s program)
  • International orientation (master’s program)
  • IT infrastructure
  • Contact with work environment (bachelor’s program)
  • Third-party funds per academic staff
  • Doctorates per professor


  • Graduations in appropriate time


  • Research funds per academic staff


  • Publications per professor
  • Graduations in appropriate time
  • Research funds per professor
  • Doctorates per professor
  • Research reputation
  • Support for study abroad
  • IT infrastructure
  • Doctorates per professor
  • Publications per academic staff
  • Citations per publication
  • Support during initial phase of studies
  • Support for study abroad
  • Research funds per academic staff
  • Library facilities
  • IT infrastructure
  • Independent learning spaces


  • Support during initial phase of studies
  • International orientation (bachelor’s program)


  • Publications per professor
  • Research funds per professor
  • Doctorates per professor

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

Office of News and Public Affairs, Freie Universitšt Berlin, Email:† presse@fu-berlin.de †


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