Shanghai Ranking: TUM moves up to rank 54 and gains top positions in subject rankings

In the latest “Shanghai Ranking”, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) moves up to rank 54 worldwide and is one of only four German universities in the top 100. This makes TUM once again the best Technical University in Germany and one of the four best TUs in Europe. Moreover, recently published academic subject rankings, also prepared by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, confirm that the high quality of research in various fields at TUM compares favorably with top international institutions.

The Shanghai Ranking assesses the research work of universities worldwide. Officially known as the Academic Ranking of World Universities, the rankings were developed at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Key criteria include the number of papers published in important journals such as Nature and Science, the citation impact of scientists at an institution and the number of Nobel laureates and winners of the Fields Medal – one of the most prestigious mathematics awards.

Member of a research group on experimental semiconductor physics in the laboratory


Alongside TUM in position 54, only three other German universities made it into the top 100: LMU Munich (51) and the universities of Heidelberg (57) and Bonn (87). With rank eight, the university also holds a top position within the EU. TUM is once again the best technical university in Germany and, together with the University of Paris-Saclay (14), ETH Zurich (20) and Imperial College London (25), is one of the four best TUs in Europe.


The Shanghai Ranking publishers also recently released subject-based rankings. Here, too, TUM achieved outstanding results, for example in Remote Sensing and Aerospace Engineering, where it placed 8th and 16th worldwide, respectively. TUM’s comprehensive expertise in these research fields is now combined in the new Department of Aerospace and Geodesy. 

TUM can also boast strong results in such areas as Medical Technology (14th worldwide) and Environmental Science & Engineering (17th). Other areas where TUM stands alongside the world’s best universities in the global subject rankings include Agricultural Sciences (33rd) and Food Science and Technology (42nd).

TUM regularly achieves excellent results in other international rankings, too. For example, it was listed as the best university in the EU in the QS World University Ranking, and ranks sixth worldwide in the Global University Employability Ranking.

Source: TUM

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