Shanghai Ranking: TUM improves

Best German technical university

26 August 2021
Satellite research at the TUM Department of Aerospace and Geodesy

Satellite research at the TUM Department of Aerospace and Geodesy

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) has improved its standing in the current "Shanghai Ranking" (Academic Ranking of World Universities). It remains the best German technical university and is among the six top technical universities worldwide. This year, TUM climbed to number 52 in the global ranking of all universities, moving up two positions.

TUM is one of only four German universities to make the ranking's top 100, together with Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (48), Heidelberg University (57) and the University of Bonn (84). TUM also enjoys a leading position within the EU, ranked eighth.

"Shanghai Ranking" Criteria

The annual "Shanghai Ranking" evaluates the worldwide research performance of universities. Also known as the "Academic Ranking of World Universities", it was developed at the Shanghai Jiao Tong university. Central evaluation criteria are the number of publications in important academic journals such as "Nature" and "Science", the citation rate of academics at the respective university, as well as the number of Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals (The Fields Medal is one of the highest distinctions in mathematics).

TUM ranks in the top 50 in nine subjects

In the "2021 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects", TUM Mathematics is ranked 4th in Germany and 16th in Europe. In nine different subjects, the 2021 "Shanghai Ranking" even places the Technical University of Munich (TUM) among the 50 best universities in the world:

•    Remote Sensing: 5 (in Germany: 1)
•    Environmental Sciences and Engineering: 15 (in Germany: 1)
•    Aerospace Engineering: 17 (in Germany: 1)
•    Electrical and Electronic Engineering: 19 (in Germany: 1)
•    Medical Technology: 21 (in Germany: 2)
•    Food Science and Technology: 37 (in Germany: 1)
•    Agricultural Sciences: 38 (in Germany: 2)
•    Biotechnology: 49 (in Germany: 1)
•    Human Biological Sciences: 50 (in Germany: 6)

TUM also regularly scores very well in other international rankings. The "QS World University Ranking" declared TUM the best university in Germany for the seventh time in a row. The ranking rated TUM third among universities in the European Union and included TUM among the 50 best universities in the world. TUM Mathematics also ranks first in Germany in the "QS World University Ranking by Subject".