Eyeing top positions.
Does a university have to be centuries old in order to make a name for itself nationally and internationally? The University of Bayreuth is the best proof that this does not have to be the case. In 1975, we were one of Germany’s first universities to be established with an interdisciplinary founding mission, and we have since become a leader in innovative research and teaching.
The University’s spirit and the excellent opportunities it offers are winning over more and more students and researchers. But as a medium-sized campus university, we place less emphasis on growth and more on ensuring the highest quality of our infrastructure. The success of this strategy is reflected in domestic and international rankings. The latest results only motivate us to improve further.
World University Ranking Published by Times Higher Education Magazine (THE)
Compared to the world’s top universities, the University of Bayreuth is a leading higher education institution that is internationally visible in both research and teaching. More than 1,100 universities around the world considered in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2017, the University of Bayreuth was once again included in the ranking group 251-300. Among the top ranking institutions in Germany, the University of Bayreuth was 30th.
The University of Bayreuth has also earned a top position in an international ranking of young universities and has even managed to improve its standing over the past year. The “Young University Ranking” published by Times Higher Education contains the 250 best young universities in the world. The University of Bayreuth has been moving up in the Young University Rankings ever since 2015: from 72nd to 35th in 2016 to 29th last year, at a time when only 200 universities were competing for the top places in the ranking. This means that there is now more competition, since THE chose to include 250 universities aged 50 or younger in this year's international ranking. The University of Bayreuth nonetheless managed to occupy 30th place, actually improving its performance relative to the total number of universities.
The THE ranking of young universities gives equal weight to the categories “Teaching” and “Research”. These categories include indicators such as staff-to-student ratio, research productivity, and academic reputation. The University’s position at the international forefront is in large part also thanks to the fact that research work carried out in Bayreuth is cited particularly often by scholars around the globe. In addition, the ranking recognized the University of Bayreuth’s strength in knowledge and technology transfer with industry, which allows joint innovations to flourish.
Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) Ranking
The University of Bayreuth’s programmes in law, business, economics and business administration and engineering took a leading position for the overall study environment, our broad (often interdisciplinary) selection of courses, the supervision provided by its dedicated instructors, access to highly modern IT equipment on campus, and the strong connection between teaching and professional practice. Students in Bayreuth highly prize their freedom to individually structure their studies, their involvement in innovative research, and the good social climate on campus.
The programmes in Chemistry and Physics at the University of Bayreuth are also national frontrunners. The study environment, supervision of students, and the well-equipped student laboratories are all rated high by our students. Bayreuth’s chemists are also leaders with respect to research funding.
The Earth Sciences at the University of Bayreuth took a leading position not only for the overall study environment, but also for their scientific publications and internationally oriented master’s programmes. The CHE Ranking also confirmed that the University of Bayreuth excels in providing its students with subject-specific guidance. For instance, supervision in the subject areas Mathematics and in the various areas of Biology was rated as excellent.
The programmes in Sports Science also occupy top positions in national rankings. Bayreuth’s students enrolled in the teacher education programme and Sport, Business & Law praised the overall study environment, the supervision of students, and the selection or courses.
Last but not least, students of Media Studies rate Bayreuth’s media laboratories as outstanding.
Ranking conducted by the business magazine WirtschaftsWoche
This ranking is based on a survey of 540 managers of large and medium-sized businesses in Germany. The University of Bayreuth was № 8 in Economics, the only smaller German university to be included in the top 10. The subject areas law and business were included among the top 20 in the ranking.
DFG Funding Ranking
The DFG’s “Funding Atlas 2015” leaves no doubt: over the past 10 years, the University of Bayreuth has been able to increase its DFG research funding by 40%. Compared with other German universities, the ratio of research funding to academic staff makes it clear that the University of Bayreuth combines its broad range of subject areas with high-level research. For example, the University was № 4 among German universities in the category Life Sciences, and it was also in the top 20 in the categories Natural Sciences and Engineering. In addition, the University was № 8 in research areas in the environmental engineering and the natural sciences relating to forestry and agricultural science.
In certain fields, the University of Bayreuth managed to be included among the best-ranked universities. In the field of molecular chemistry, the University is at № 3, thanks in no small part to the highlight of Bayreuth’s chemistry research: DFG Research Training Group 840 “From Particulate Nanosystems to Mesotechnology”, which belongs to the University’s focus area Polymer & Colloid Science.
Thanks to its varied geoscientific research activities, which range from African climate zones to volcanism in Central Europe, the University of Bayreuth was ranked № 3 in Germany in the research field of Geography.
In the humanities and social sciences, research on Africa has been a research priority at the University of Bayreuth for decades. For this reason, in “Non-European Languages and Cultures, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Jewish Studies and Religious Studies” the University is counted among the strongest research centres in Germany. The Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) has been funded as part of the Excellence Initiative by the German federal and state governments since 2008. Law is another key research area at the University of Bayreuth: at № 7, the University of Bayreuth was rated among the top 10 German universities in this field.