Strong results in two international rankings of subjects

November 15, 2023

Especially in the engineering sciences, the University of Stuttgart scored very well in two prestigious international rankings.

In the 2024 THE World University Ranking by subject, this year the University of Stuttgart was ranked among the TOP 125 worldwide in both engineering (5th place nationally) and computer science (8th place nationally). Moreover, it expanded its position in the field of physical science, where it is currently among the TOP 250 worldwide (21st place nationally). 

The success of the engineering sciences is due, in particular, to the “Research Environment”, “Teaching”, and “Industry” indicators, which were rated as very good. Regarding these indicators, the University of Stuttgart is among the top four (Industry) and top seven percent worldwide.

Also, in the field of physical science and its “Industry” indicator, the ranking attests great strength in external funding as well as in patents in which the university’s research was cited. Here, the university achieved 39th place (out of 1,370) in an international comparison (4th place out of 45 nationally) and is thus among the top three percent worldwide.

In the “Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS)”, which is the Shanghai ranking by subject, the Stuttgart engineering sciences also scored well. In this field, too, the University of Stuttgart is among the top 150 universities worldwide with a total of three disciplines: civil engineering, automation and control as well as water resources (ranks 101-150). In civil engineering, the University of Stuttgart even achieved 1st place in a national comparison. The subject of civil engineering achieved the best rating for the “International Academic Awards” indicator (1st place nationally, 9th place worldwide), while the discipline of water resources received the best rating for the “Research Quality” indicator (2nd place nationally).

About the rankings

The THE World University Ranking by subject is one of the most important university rankings worldwide and has been published annually since 2011. To calculate the rankings achieved, 18 indicators from the areas of teaching, research environment, research quality, internationality, and industry are taken into account.

The annual Shanghai ranking of subjects assesses the research performance of universities worldwide. This year, more than 1,900 out of 5,000 universities from 104 countries were evaluated for the ranking. Key evaluation criteria are publications, publications in important journals such as “Nature” and “Science”, citation rates of the scientists, and international cooperation in publications. Also, the number of Fields Medals – one of the top prizes awarded to mathematicians – and the Nobel prize are included in the evaluation.

Rankings at a glance

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