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Study with the Best - KIT Rankings Worldwide

As the Optics & Photonics School of the KIT, Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics can offer teaching at the highest academic level. The exceptional quality of both research and teaching at KIT is repeatedly proved by different international rankings.


QS World University Ranking





Source: QS World University Rankings, 2017

  • #1 in Germany
  • #20 Worldwide
  • Research: Very High (On a scale from Very High - Very Low)

The QS World University Ranking is based on the characteristics of universities. The main categories are the size, age, status (public, private, etc.), research and its intensity, and focus (categorization of faculty areas and programs) of the universities. These five main topics are then broken down into smaller subtopics in order to rank each university.

To find out further information about the ranking, please visit

the KIT website.



Source: EU-Multirank, 2017

  • Leading in Research worldwide
  • Leading in Knowledge Transfer worldwide
  • Leading in International Orientation worldwide

(Leading = better than average)

EU-Multirank, funded by the EU Commission, judges universities by their publications, third-party funding, number of post-docs, and more. They also break down subjects to give a more intensive look into the programs. This includes Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Production/Industrial Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, among others. U-Multirank covers universities worldwide by using a variety of criteria and subjects.

To find out further information about the ranking, please visit

the KIT website.

Times Higher Education World University Ranking



Source: Times Higher Education World University Ranking, 2017

  • Young University Rankings: 9th worldwide
  • 60th Engineering & Technology worldwide

Times Higher Education ranking is based on the criteria of the universities international community, this includes staff, students, co-authors and even the universities international reputation. KIT is one of the institutions of research and higher education in engineering in Europe. In THE rankings includes Young University Rankings. This includes the world's best universities that are 50 years old or under.

To find out further information about the ranking, please visit

the KIT website.

Nature Index





Source: Nature Index, 2016-17

  • Leads the Helmholtz Association to 8th place worldwide

The Nature Index tracks universities worldwide and their research outputs every year, tracked from February until the next year in January (February 2016 - 31 January 2017). They also look into the output in each field and group them by subject, which are organized by journal and then title.

To find out further information about the ranking, please visit

the Nature Index wesbite.


CHE University Ranking

Source: CHE Ranking 2017

  • Students are Highly Satisfied at KIT
  • Top in the groups "Support at the beginning of the studies" and "Teaching offers" in Germany

CHE University Ranking analyzes German universities about their studies, academic education, research, and student judgements in regards to the study conditions at their universities.

To find out further information about the ranking, pleace visit

the KIT website.

Shanghai Ranking


Source:Shanghai Ranking, 2017

  • One of the world's 100 best universities in 13 disciplines
  • Strong in Engineering Sciences

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as the "Shanghai" ranking, evaluates research indicators and individual disciplines.

To find out further information about the ranking, please visit

the KIT website.