KIT Department of Informatics in rankings


University rankings, i.e. a comparison according to certain criteria, have also found their way into the German university sector and are supposed to help prospective students choose the right education institution. However, the rankings differ strongly in terms of method, focus, and scope. Consequently, they have to be analyzed in detail.

On behalf of the magazine WirtschaftsWoche, a consulting firm surveys human resources managers of mainly larger corporations but also smaller and medium-sized companies every year. The results of the survey reflect the assessment of the HR managers as to which universities train their graduates best to meet the needs of the companies, which criteria are important for the selection of an applicant and which soft skills the HR managers would like to see more commitment from the universities with regard to the training of students.

In the field of computer science, KIT has been among the top 10 of the best German universities since 2009; between 2010 and 2014, KIT even took the top spot five times in a row. After minor fluctuations in the following years, the KIT Faculty of Computer Science again comes out as the best educational institution in the category Universities for the study program Computer Science in 2018. In 2019, it achieved a good second place, until 2022, it was still among the top 5.


Results 2009-2023

2023 7th place
2022 4th place
2021 4th place
2020 4th place
2019 2th place
2018 1th place
2017 no survey
2016 2th place
2015 5th place
2014 1th place
2013 1th place
2012 1th place
2011 1th place
2010 1th place
2009 2th place


The CHE university ranking is published every three years by the weekly newspaper "Die Zeit" and is the most comprehensive and detailed ranking of German universities and universities of applied sciences for more than 30 study subjects. The results are based on key figures on studies, teaching, equipment and research as well as a qualitative survey of students on the study conditions at their university and - for some subjects - among professors on the reputation of the departments. The CHE University Ranking does not determine an absolute university ranking, but rather classifies the performance in a particular subject per criterion into a top, middle and bottom group.

In the 2021/2022 ranking, KIT Department of Informatics scores particularly well in the area of "research" and in categories of structural equipment such as "IT infrastructure" and "library". The support of students at the beginning of their studies is rated particularly well. Here, the eezi goIN' Studienstart program offers some services for the first two semesters.
With regard to criteria such as "support for studying abroad", "rooms", or "contact with professional practice (Bachelor)", the KIT KIT Department of Informatics is in a good average position.

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In the ranking of the master programs 2018, computer science at KIT was also repeatedly placed in the top groups. Especially in the categories "General Study Situation", "International Orientation", "Support at the Beginning of Studies", "IT Equipment", and "Libraries", the surveyed students consider the KIT Master's Program in Computer Science to be among the best in Germany.
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Since 2004, the Times Higher Education (THE) Ranking has been in existence. Based on 5 indicators (research, teaching, citation frequency, internationality, third-party funding (from industry) with varying weighting, the ranking list of the best universities internationally is compiled. The ranking is supplemented by subject-specific rankings, which are intended to help young people choose the right subject of study.

In the current ranking 2019, the KIT Faculty of Computer Science is on 42nd place in comparison with 684 other international universities or departments, and on 2nd place again in a German comparison.
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The "QS World University Ranking by Subject" is published annually and aims to provide orientation for first-year students in the international university landscape. It is based on criteria such as reputation with scientists* and employers*, the citation frequency of scientific papers and the Hirsch Index, an indicator of the research performance of scientists*.

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is one of the top 100 universities worldwide in the field of "Computer Science and Information Systems". In a Germany-wide comparison, the KIT even ranks among the top 5 in this field in 2020. To the ranking


Once a year, the US company Clarivate Analytics publishes the "Highly Cited Researchers" ranking, which measures how often and how many publications by a scientist from the natural and social sciences and medicine have been cited by other researchers. In science, citation frequency is considered a measure of the scientific influence of a work. The analysis considers all articles published in a period of eleven years. The publications are categorized into 22 different subject areas and the cited scientists are assigned to a subject area accordingly.
In order for publications to be classified as "Highly Cited" at all, they have to rank in the top 1% of all citations according to their field assignment and year of publication.

In 2019, KIT Professor Alexandros Stamatakis belonged to this group for the fourth time in a row in the field of computer science and thus was one of the most influential researchers in his field.
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In the current Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as the "Shanghai" ranking, KIT performs excellently. In a nationwide comparison, KIT ranks second in computer science, material sciences, metal engineering, physics, nanotechnology, and water resources!
Also in international comparison, it is among the top 100 in the engineering sciences alone with ten individual subjects, including computer science, and in the natural sciences with three subjects.

The ARWU ranking has been published once a year since 2009 by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. The ranking is based on five differently weighted factors: the number of published articles per subject, citations, international co-publications, publications in top international journals, and the number of research award winners among the academic staff. to the ranking