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CHE ExcellenceRanking 2010

The results of the Europe-wide CHE ExcellenceRanking 2010 were published on 27th October 2010: 54 subjects at 26 German universities were given a rating of ‘excellent’ because of their research-strong departments with an international orientation. 130 universities in Europe offer outstanding, research-strong departments with an international orientation for master’s and doctoral students in the subjects of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. As a result, they belong to the “Excellence Group” of the CHE ExcellenceRanking 2010. Top results were achieved by the Universities of Freiburg, Heidelberg, Karlsruhe, Stuttgart and Tübingen in the subjects of biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. With these achievements, five of the 26 German universities ranked in the “Excellence Group” come from Germany’s southwest.

Besides quantitative data, the CHE ExcellenceRanking also features a large amount of useful information concerning master's and doctoral study programmes. This includes facts about the research groups and their emphases as well as on the size of the faculties, terms of admission and accommodation facilities. Current students have also shared their judgements regarding student conditions for the benefit of prospective students.

The "Ranking of Excellent European Graduate Programmes" (CHE ExcellenceRanking) is envisaged to help bachelor students in their search for suitable universities for subsequent master's and doctoral study programmes. In addition, the CHE ExcellenceRanking seeks to highlight the research strengths of European universities and enable the ranked universities to use the information to further improve existing programmes in the future.

Freiburg, Heidelberg, Karlsruhe, Stuttgart and Tübingen in the Excellence Group

The University of Freiburg was ranked in the Excellence Group in the subjects of biology, chemistry and mathematics, the University of Heidelberg in the subjects of biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics, the University of Karlsruhe in the subjects of chemistry and physics, the University of Stuttgart in the subjects of chemistry and physics and the University of Tübingen in the subjects of biology and mathematics.

"The Ranking is determined by evidence of first-class working conditions that contribute to quality in research and education," said Science Minister Professor Dr. Peter Frankenberg speaking in Stuttgart on 28th October 2010.

Among all German universities, it is only the University of Heidelberg and the the University of Munich (LMU) that came out top in all four subjects. Four universities, including the University of Freiburg, came out top in three subjects.

Selection criteria

Eight criteria were important for selection: number of publications, number of citations, student and staff mobility, and presence of Erasmus Mundus master's programmes or Marie-Curie projects. Another deciding factor was whether researchers earned an ERC Grant or a Nobel Prize within their specialist area. The second ranking round focused on greater details, including those provided by students. Universities were ranked in the Excellence Group if they achieved above-average results in the respective subjects. 130 universities in Europe, 26 German universities including five universities in Germany's southwest were represented in the Excellence Group with several subjects. Details of universities not reaching the level of excellence were not given.

Evaluation of the subjects of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics

Biology
76 European universities belong to the Excellence Group, including 15 German universities (20%) of which three were universities in Baden-Württemberg (Freiburg, Heidelberg, Tübingen). The proportion of Baden-Württemberg universities in the Excellence Group amounts to 4%, that of all German universities to 20%.

Chemistry
68 European universities belong to the Excellence Group, including twelve German universities (18%) of which four were universities in Baden-Württemberg (Freiburg, Heidelberg, Karlsruhe and Stuttgart). The proportion of Baden-Württemberg universities in the Excellence Group is 6%, that of German universities 33%.

Mathematics 
56 European universities belong to the Excellence Group, including eleven German universities (18%) of which three were universities in Baden-Württemberg (Freiburg, Heidelberg and Tübingen). The proportion of Baden-Württemberg universities in the Excellence Group is 5%, that of German universities 27%.

Physics
70 European universities belong to the Excellence Group, including 16 German universities (23%) of which three were universities in Baden-Württemberg (Heidelberg, Karlsruhe and Stuttgart). The proportion of Baden-Württemberg universities in the Excellence Group is 4%, that of German universities 19%.

The detailed results of the CHE ExcellenceRanking were published on the Internet at www.excellence-ranking.org on Wednesday, October 27 and on October 28 in the German weekly journal DIE ZEIT.

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