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Five German unis crack global top 100
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Five German unis crack global top 100

Published: 05 Mar 2013 07:10 GMT+01:00
Updated: 05 Mar 2013 07:10 GMT+01:00

German universities made headway in respected league table the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings which, published Monday evening, provide the only global index based on an academic institution's brand.

While the top 100 is headed by a mix of US and British universities led by Harvard and followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, German universities also feature in the 2013 list.

This year Germany had a new entrant which cracked the top 100 – Berlin's Free University – meaning that there are now five German universities which are considered to have the best reputations.

They are, in order of rank success, Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, The University of Applied Science in Munich, both Berlin's Humboldt and Free Universities and Heidelberg University.

Unfortunately for the country's academics though, the top ranked German university Ludwig-Maximilian has this year slipped down two spots to 44th place. New player Berlin's Free University landed at the end of the list between the 91st and 100th place.

According to the Times Higher Education, a university's reputation not only reflects and drives university success, but attracts staff, students, business investment, research partners in a highly competitive global market.

Who ends up in the coveted list is based on what is apparently the largest worldwide invitation-only survey of senior academic opinion. Twenty countries feature in the table, the most commonly represented of which are the US, UK, Japan, Canada and Switzerland.

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10:28 March 5, 2013 by Repatriated
I would have expected that Germany have at least two or so universities in the top 10. If not then why not, seeing that Germany is one of the most industrialized and advanced countries in the world. This is certainly an embarrassment for the German educational system
11:13 March 5, 2013 by LocalKarsten
An improvement should not be an embarrassment. This shows only that universities got better in the areas that count for this ranking, whereas the ranking itself is still advantageous for anglistic institutions.
12:28 March 5, 2013 by Darra
"Who ends up in the coveted list is based on what is apparently the largest worldwide invitation-only survey of senior academic opinion."

Let me repeat it : INVITATION ONLY survey of SENIOR ACADEMIC OPINION.

Who sends the invitations?
18:43 March 5, 2013 by Bigfoot76
I send them
02:11 March 6, 2013 by Istabraq
Seems like a loaded list. In any case Germany has not done well for a country of its stature world wide.
14:52 March 7, 2013 by gurudev
It's the Technische Universität München and not the University of Applied Sciences in Munich.
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