University Rankings

Competition among universities is increasing. University rankings are, therefore, being followed more closely than ever. Here is a selection of rankings:

Worldwide rankings

Times Higher Education World University Rankings (Great Britain)

In the current issue of this ranking, the TU Berlin was placed 140th. In Germany, it achieved 13th place, and 3rd when compared to Germany’s other major technical universities. The annual ranking from the British magazine Times Higher Education (THE) is based on the five core categories of teaching, international outlook, industry income, research, and citations. For the current issue, more than 1500 universities worldwide were included; 48 of those universities are in Germany. (Sept. 2020)
In the subject-specific "THE World University Rankings by subject", the TU Berlin achieved the distinction of being ranked among the 100 best universities in the world for Engineering and Technology (53rd), Computer Science (56th), as well as Physical Sciences (73rd). These subjects also achieved a top ten placement in the comparison of German universities, with Engineering and Technology as 3rd and Computer Science as 4th. (Okt. 2020)

QS Top Universities Ranking (Great Britain)

In the current ranking, the TU Berlin is now in 159th place worldwide and thus in the top 15 percent of the table for the fourth year running. Within Germany, the TU achieved 7th place, and 3rd among Germany's major technical universities. (June 2021)
The subject-specific QS World University Rankings by Subject also award the TU Berlin top scores, especially in technical and engineering areas. In these subject groups, it was ranked 60th globally and 3rd in Germany. The best individual ratings were achieved by Chemical Engineering (ranked 40th globally and 2nd nationally), and Electrical Engineering (51st/3rd). (March 2021)

Academic Ranking of World Universities (China)

In the worldwide TOP 500 ranking from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the TU Berlin is currently listed among the best 400 universities in the world. In Germany, it was placed in the 20th to 24th place category, and 5th among Germany's technical universities. (Aug. 2020)

The World's Most Innovative Universities

The ranking created by Thomson Reuters aims to assess universities' innovativeness. In particular, the number of patents registered by the university, the number of patents granted, and the influence of university research on the research and development activities of commercial organizations were assessed here.
The TU Berlin was ranked 94th in Europe, and 9th among German universities. (Oct. 2019)

U-Multirank (Germany/Netherlands)

In contrast to other rankings, in the "U-Multirank" there are no set best lists. Instead, each user defines their most important criteria and then receives an individually created ranking. The EU-funded project is supervised by the Centre for Higher Education (CHE) and includes more than 1600 universities worldwide.

German rankings


NTU ranking for scientific publications

In the "Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities", the National Taiwan University (NTU) evaluates the academic performance of research universities using objective indicators. The main focus is on scientific publications, which are evaluated both qualitatively and quantitatively.
In the overall ranking, the TU Berlin achieved 30th place nationally and 433rd place globally. Looking at specific subjects, chemical engineering ranked 127th in the international comparison, and chemistry 128th. (Aug. 2020)

Humboldt Ranking

The Humboldt Ranking counts the research stays of fellowship recipients and award winners from the Humboldt Foundation at German research institutions. Between 2015 and 2019, a total of 150 international researchers chose the TU Berlin for their research stays, putting it in 7th place and making it the second most popular technical university in Germany. In engineering sciences, it was ranked an impressive 2nd, and 4th in natural sciences. (Oct. 2020)

DAAD Funding Ranking

According to the latest statistics published by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the TU Berlin received 8,608,930 euros in funding in 2019. This means fourth place among all the universities in Germany. (Aug. 2020)

German Research Foundation (DFG) Funding Atlas

The funding atlas offers key figures for publicly funded research in Germany. Every three years, it gives an overview of external funding from the DFG, the German Federal Government, and the EU as well as funding of individuals from the AvH, the DAAD, and the ERC and evaluates these funding sources for universities and non-university research institutions.
The current ranking states which universities received the most DFG funds between 2014 and 2016. With a total of EUR 124.9 million, the TU Berlin was ranked 24th. In natural sciences and in engineering it was ranked 9th. For engineering scientists with DAAD funding, the TU Berlin is the second most popular host university. (July 2018)

Academic subjects

CHE University Ranking

The University Ranking from the Centre for Higher Education (CHE) helps prospective students find the right university. The overview includes both bachelor and master degrees. Each subject is re-evaluated every three years.

The TU Berlin is ranked in the top group in the following areas:

  • Architecture (2019): Offers for new students, international focus of master's programs
  • Biotechnology (2019): Offers for new students, research funding per scientist
  • Business Administration (2020): Graduations in appropriate time (undergraduate/master's degrees)
  • Chemical engineering/applied chemistry (2019): Offers for new students, doctoral candidates per professor
  • Civil engineering (2019): Research funding per scientist
  • Computer science (2021): Internationally visible publications per scientist
  • Economics (2020): Offers for new students, third party funds per academic, doctoral candidates per professor
  • Earth sciences (2021): Doctoral candidates per professor
  • Electrical engineering and information technology (2019): Offers for new students
  • Engineering science (2019): Offers for new students
  • Environmental technology (2019): Offers for new students, doctoral candidates per professor
  • Industrial engineering (2020): International focus of master's program
  • Material technology/materials science (2019): Offers for new students, doctoral candidates per Professor
  • Mathematics (2021): Offers for new students, organization, range of courses, library facilities, research funding per scientist, doctoral candidates per professor
  • Mechanical engineering (2019): Offers for new students
  • Physics (2021): Offers for new students, organization, library facilities, labs
  • Process science (2019): Offers for new students, doctoral candidates per professor

Surveys of companies

Uniranking 2021

The ranking was carried out by the consulting firm Universum Communications and published in the magazine WirtschaftsWoche. According to the assessment of about 500 HR officers across Germany, the TU Berlin ranked among the top ten in five subjects. In natural sciences and computer sciences, it came in 1st place, in industrial engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering 3rd. (May 2021)

QS Graduate Employability Ranking 2020

The ranking by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) in Great Britain links several thematically relevant issues. Besides assessments from 44,000 employers worldwide, the ranking includes (research) cooperation with the industrial sector, the presence of companies on campus (at career fairs, career workshops, and similar offers for students), the alumni employment rate, and information concerning where some 29,000 internationally influential people were educated. In total, the TU Berlin ranked 98th globally and 34th in Europe, with the numerous and diverse contacts between companies and students being given particular prominence. The TU Berlin's alumni employment rate is also above the national average. Among the 19 German universities that were evaluated, the TU Berlin came in 4th place. (Sept. 2019)

Times Higher Education Global University Employability Ranking

The question which graduates were especially well-prepared for the job market is the central focus of trendence's global ranking, which included surveys of around 9,000 employers in 22 countries. In international comparison, TU Berlin graduates are well-prepared and helped their alma mater achieve a place among the top 100 universities (69th) worldwide. In Germany, the TU Berlin was ranked 5th. (Nov. 2020)


F.A.Z. Economists Ranking

For their economists ranking, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.) determined the level of influence scientists have in the media, politics and research.
For the detailed ranking of economic researchers, the F.A.Z. counted citations in science and the most important media, a survey was conducted of politicians at both federal and state level, and the individual's twitter ranking was evaluated.
In the ranking, Ottmar Edenhofer, professor for the economics of climate change at the TU Berlin, director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) and chief economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), was ranked 10th, and Gert G. Wagner, professor of empirical economic research and economic policy at the TU Berlin and member of the board at the DIW Berlin, was 20th.
In the sub-category science, Prof. Dr. Reinhard Busse, Department of Health Care Management and director of the Berlin Centre for Health Economics Research (BerlinHECOR), achieved a 6th place. (Sept. 2020)