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Universität Heidelberg: Number One in Germany in the Life Sciences

Outstanding placements in THE subject ranking also for medicine, physical sciences and the humanities

The top position in Germany and the 27th internationally – an improvement of seven places over the last year – is held by Heidelberg University’s Life Sciences, according to the 2022/2023 Times Higher Education World University Ranking by Subject. Medicine has also performed exceptionally well and maintained its prior-year position, ranking second at the national and 38th at the international level. The Physical Sciences likewise earn top placements in their subject group. They are ranked 34th internationally and third in Germany. The Times Higher Education (THE) Ranking by Subject puts the Arts and Humanities at Ruperto Carola in 35th place and they rank fifth in the Germany-wide evaluation.

In the Life Sciences, Heidelberg University is followed at the national level by Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) in second place and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in third place; internationally they rank 33rd (LMU) and 35th (TUM). In medicine, called Clinical and Health in the THE Ranking by Subject, Ruperto Carola is positioned between Charité – University Medicine Berlin (internationally ranked 26th) and LMU, which is ranked 46th in the international evaluation. While Psychology was not listed in the subject ranking last year, it has now made it back into the “Top 100” (in 91st place) and ranks seventh in Germany.

Placed 43rd in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking, Heidelberg University is one of the “Top 50” universities worldwide and, after TUM and LMU Munich, is one of the three best universities in Germany. The criteria of the Ranking by Subject correspond to those of the overall THE Rankings but are weighted differently for each subject group. The calibration depends on various indicators in the five areas: teaching, research, citations, international outlook and income from industry.

The latest Times Higher Education Ranking by Subject was published on 25 October 2022.


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