Among the top universities worldwide

It is not only German students who give the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany very good marks. The international community also holds it in high esteem, as two current international rankings confirm.

Campus der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität am Ernst-Abbe-Platz in Jena, aufgenommen am 06.06.2013. Foto: Jan-Peter Kasper/FSU

The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) ranks the University of Jena among the top 1.6 percent of 20,531 universities analysed worldwide. That means in figures: 328th place worldwide, 131st place in Europe and 24th place in Germany.

In the QS World University Ranking 2023, in which study programmes from 1,594 universities around the world were evaluated, the Friedrich Schiller University also performed excellently. Twelve Jena study programmes were evaluated, which are in the top third worldwide and nationally. Specifically, the ranked degree programmes in the life sciences achieved a global ranking of 291 (in Germany: 22), the natural sciences a ranking of 309 (in Germany: 25) and the humanities rank between 401 and 450 (in Germany: 19).

In both assessments, the Friedrich Schiller University has continuously improved compared to previous rankings.

We are pleased with the remarkable development depicted in the rankings. This reflects the commitment of everyone and the effect of our strategic planning in research and teaching. Ultimately, these rankings also prove that the Friedrich Schiller University is a good place for people from all over the world to study and do scientific work,” says Prof. Georg Pohnert, Vice President for Research at the University of Jena.

About the CWUR

According to its own information, the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) publishes the largest academic ranking worldwide. It is based on seven indicators, which are grouped into four areas: Teaching Quality, Alumni Careers, Academic Staff and Research Performance. It does not use survey results or data from the universities, but its own indicators. Research performance, for example, is measured by the number of publications in the most influential journals.

The QS World University Subject Ranking

The QS World University Subject Ranking is preceded by a selection of universities. To be included, a university must have a good academic reputation and an above-average number of research publications. Those who are included in the ranking are assessed according to surveys on their reputation, their international research networks, and the citation rates of their published research results.

Source: Universität Jena


European Higher Education Organization

European Higher Education Organization is a public organization carrying out academic, educational and information activities on higher education in Europe. The EHEO general plan stresses that: Higher education systems require adequate funding and, as an investment in economic growth, public spending in higher education should be protected. The challenges faced by higher education require more flexible governance and funding systems, which balance greater autonomy for education institutions with accountability to stakeholders. Thus, EHEO plans: improve academic and scientific interaction of universities; protect the interests of universities; interact more closely with public authorities of European countries; popularize European higher education in the world; develop academic mobility; seek funding for European universities.

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