Subjects Taught at Freie Universität Berlin Ranked Very High in the QS Ranking and the CHE University Ranking

Die Philologische Bibliothek wurde 2006 mit dem "Architekturpreis Berlin" ausgezeichnet.
The Philological Library of Freie Universität Berlin. Source: Bernd Wannenmacher

Jul 09, 2013

According to the prestigious QS World University Rankings by Subject, Freie Universität is the best German university in three subjects and among the world’s 50 best universities in five subjects. As announced by QS, Freie Universität leads the German universities in the subjects of history, linguistics, and communication science. Freie Universität Berlin also performed very well in the most recent university ranking by the Center for Higher Education (CHE).

In the CHE ranking new good results were achieved for the subject of history. In English and American studies, education, German studies, psychology, and Romance languages, Freie Universität’s good performance in the previous evaluation in 2010 was reconfirmed.

In a global comparison, Freie Universität ranked 14 in history, 41 in modern languages and linguistics, 44 in communication sciences, and 48 in sociology. In a nationwide comparison, according to information provided by QS, Freie Universität is one of the five best German universities in three additional subjects: psychology, English language and literature, and education. The university placed among the ten best German universities for the subjects Earth sciences and oceanography, chemistry, computer science, and philosophy.

In the CHE rankings, each year one third of the subjects are newly evaluated. The subjects evaluated this year were language studies, education, psychology, and engineering. According to information provided by CHE, more than 300 colleges and universities in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the Netherlands were surveyed.The rankings evaluate facts about studying, teaching, the facilities and equipment, and research, as well as judgments made by 250,000 students.

For the following subjects, Freie Universität is represented in the top groups of the indicators (overall assessment and student opinion):

Subject: English Language and Literature/American Studies

  • Overall study situation
  • Study organization
  • International orientation
  • Proportion of graduates in the norm period of study
  • Range of courses offered
  • Support for stays abroad
  • Research orientation
  • Libraries
  • IT infrastructure
  • Rooms

Subject: Education

  • Overall study situation
  • Career orientation and practical relevance
  • Doctorates
  • Third-party funds per academic
  • Proportion of graduates in the norm period of study
  • Support for stays abroad
  • Research orientation
  • IT infrastructure
  • Rooms

Subject: German Studies

  • Proportion of graduates in the norm period of study
  • International orientation
  • Third-party funds per academic staff
  • Doctorates
  • Research reputation

Subject: Geschichte

  • Proportion of graduates in the norm period of study
  • Doctorates
  • Third-party funds per academic staff

Subject: Psychology

  • Proportion of graduates in the norm period of study
  • International orientation
  • Doctorates
  • Third-party funds per academic staff
  • Support for stays abroad

Subject: Romance Languages

  • Proportion of graduates in the norm period of study
  • International orientation
  • Third-party funds per academic staff
  • IT infrastructure

More reviews of subjects at Freie Universität in the top group of the CHE rankings (subjects not newly reviewed in 2013):

Subject: Business Administration

  • Internationally visible publications
  • Employability rating for master's

Subject: Chemistry

  • Publications per professor
  • Inventions per 10 scientists
  • Involvement of students in teacher evaluations

Subject: Geography

  • Third-party funds per scientist
  • Doctorates per professor

Subject: Earth Sciences

  • Support for students when going abroad
  • Career orientation and practical relevance
  • E-Learning

Subject: Computer Sciences

  • Third-party funds per scientist
  • Doctorates per professor

Subject: Communication Studies / Journalism

  • Third-party funds per academic staff

Subject: Mathematics

  • Study organization
  • Publications per professor
  • Third-party funds per scientist
  • Doctorates per professor

Subject: Medicine (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin)*

  • Third-party funds per scientist
  • Research reputation

*Students' judgments were not included

Subject: Pharmacy

  • Publications per professor
  • IT infrastructure
  • Rooms
  • Research orientation
  • Equipment in training labs

Subject: Physics

  • Study organization
  • Inventions per 10 scientists
  • IT infrastructure

Subject: Political Science

  • Third-party funds per academic staff
  • Research reputation
  • Doctorates per professor
  • Internationally visible publications

Subject: Law

  • Support for students for stays abroad
  • IT infrastructure
  • Percentage of students between the 5th and 12th semesters who attend private coaching classes

Subject: Economics

  • Internationally visible publications
  • Doctorates per professor
  • Publications per professor

Subject: Dentistry

  • Doctorates per professor

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