In the new ranking of the prestigious magazine Times Higher Education (THE), Freie Universität claimed 83rd place worldwide. As announced by THE in London, the university advanced 35 places compared to last year and is among the top seven universities in Germany. In Europe, Freie Universität ranks 29th (up from 43rd last year). Research is one of Freie Universität Berlin’s strong suits; under this metric it came in at number 59 worldwide.
According to the THE Ranking, the seven best German universities in the world are: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (rank 32), Technische Universität München (rank 38), Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (rank 42), Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, a joint corporation of Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (rank 73), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (rank 74), University of Tübingen (rank 78), and Freie Universität Berlin (rank 83). Compared to its ranking last year, Freie Universität has improved by 35 places worldwide, by 14 among European universities, and by three in Germany. In addition to Freie Universität Berlin’s strong ranking in research, it also placed well in the area of education, coming in at number 78.
The Times Higher Education ranking is based in part on a global survey among researchers that takes into account universities’ reputations, their research, teaching, international orientation, citation frequency of publications, and other statistical indicators.