The University of Freiburg’s excellence in the areas of research and teaching is regularly reflected in various national and international university rankings. As one of the five best comprehensive universities and one of the ten best universities in Germany, the University of Freiburg is a member of the LERU (League of European Research Universities) and the German U15. In order to continue the success of the Excellence Initiative to date, the University is also applying for the federal government’s subsequent excellence strategy.
In the Thomson-Reuters Innovation Ranking 2018, the University of Freiburg maintained its position: Among the 100 most innovative universities in Europe, Freiburg ranks 24th, as in the previous year. In a national comparison, the university ranks 7th among the top ten. Freiburg’s trinational partners in the Eucor – The European Campus network have also maintained their position: Basel ranks 15th, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) 31st and Strasbourg 41st among the 100 most innovative universities.
In the current World Universities Ranking of THE (Times Higher Education), the University of Freiburg ranks 76th worldwide and 5th nationally. The THE ranking is based on an education supplement of the British daily newspaper The Times and has been carried out worldwide since 2004. The ranking is based on 13 criteria.
The QS World University Ranking currently lists the University of Freiburg as the ninth best German university (fifth best comprehensive university, ranked 169th internationally). The British agency Quacquarelli Symonds conducted the THE ranking from 2004 to 2010 and has published its own ranking since 2010. It now includes more than 1,000 universities worldwide.
The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) of the Jiaotong University Shanghai/China ranks the University of Freiburg internationally among the places 101 to 150, nationally between the ranks 5 and 7. The ranking does not allow a more precise breakdown. Since 2003, Jiaotong University has compiled a ranking list of 500 universities in which the universities are compared on the basis of six indicators. The ranking focuses on research.
The CHE University Ranking is the most comprehensive and detailed ranking of German universities and universities of applied sciences. It covers 39 subjects and thus addresses more than three-quarters of all first-year students. The CHE ranking focuses on aspects of teaching and academic feasibility. The University of Freiburg allows its subjects and faculties to participate in this ranking. All results are available free of charge on the Internet.
The University of Freiburg ranks ninth among German universities in terms of the acquisition of DFG third-party funding in the current German Research Foundation Funding Atlas (DFG). After adjustment by research field and size of institution, the University of Freiburg even ranks third on this indicator among all German universities. The DFG awarded a total of around 9.48 billion euros in research funding in the period 2017 to 2019. It is the largest provider of university research funding and is a self-governing body. DFG research grants are considered an expression of research excellence due to the predominantly research-driven and competitively organized approval procedures. As approval is contingent on regular positive peer evaluation, the grants are regarded as proof of particularly high competitiveness. In the 2019 fiscal year, DFG funding accounted for 42 percent of the total amount of third-party funding raised at the University of Freiburg (including the University Medical Center).
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