Humboldt Rankings 2014

From 2009 to 2013, Humboldtians spent 5,980 research stays in Germany. 75% of these stays were undertaken at universities and 25% at non-university research institutions. Every stay is the result of a decision to select a host and research partner in Germany and makes a statement about the disciplines in which German research is so good that it wins the international contest for the best minds; and about which German scientists and scholars foster particularly intensive international contacts. Humboldtians do, after all, choose their own hosts and make their own decisions based on the hosts’ academic performance and international visibility. So, being near the top of the Humboldt Rankings is an important indicator for international contacts and reputation.

The Humboldt Rankings include a weighted ranking of universities. However, as each institution has its own particular strengths and weaknesses in the various disciplines, the Humboldt Rankings also differentiate according to four major academic areas: Humanities and Social Sciences; Life Sciences; Natural Sciences and Engineering Sciences. The tables are currently arranged according to the absolute rankings. A university’s weighted ranking for the respective academic area can still be seen.

In the case of stays at non-university research institutions the total ranking and this differentiation is only applied to the absolute figures.

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