Research / Well up in the Rankings

Goethe University scored well again in national and international comparisons of universities and subjects in 2014.

In the Shanghai ranking, Frankfurt University was jointly ranked with the Universities of Freiburg and Göttingen at fifth to seventh place among German universities, on a par with the previous year. It also performed equally well in international comparisons and was again ranked among the top 100 to 150 best universities in the world. In physics and medicine, the university was in the top 51 to 75 internationally as in the previous year.

In the worldwide QS ranking, Goethe University was again highly placed as in the previous year, achieving 14th place nationally and being ranked at 217 internationally. Eight indicators are used for comparison in this ranking; the assessment focuses not only on research but also on other aspects such as publications.

2014 saw the first publication of U-Multirank, compiled by a consortium of university and research institutions. This international ranking is multi-dimensional in its approach. Universities are assessed in terms of 30 different indicators grouped under five headings (teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation and local commitment). Goethe University was one of seven German universities who achieved a top ranking for at least nine indicators. Research, knowledge transfer and international orientation were assessed as strengths; weaknesses were identified in teaching and learning. Physics and economics and business administration were also assessed – both achieved a top ranking for research.

In the research ranking for business administration of Germany’s leading business paper, the Handelsblatt Bernd Skiera, Professor of Electronic Commerce at Goethe University was placed first for achievements in current research. The ranking is based on publications by economists in the most respected international specialist journals in the German-speaking world over the past five years.

According to a university ranking published by the magazine WirtschaftsWoche in 2014, Goethe University offers ideal conditions for the study of economics and for a subsequent career in the field. Business administration and science also scored well, both being placed fifth. 571 Heads of HR in German companies were surveyed about the practical relevance of education and training offered by universities and universities of applied sciences.

In the CHE ranking, economics and business administration scored particularly well overall. Top places were also achieved in the categories of academic appropriateness (e.g. curriculum content consistent with examination requirements), appropriate time to graduation and academic publications.