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. Almost 1,400 universities around the world considered in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2020, the University of Bayreuth was included in the ranking group 351-400. Among the top ranking institutions in Germany, the University of Bayreuth was 36th.
Moreover, the University of Bayreuth has again achieved a top position in the international comparison of young universities. This is shown by the 'Young University Ranking' of the British science magazine 'Times Higher Education (THE)', which identifies the world’s 475 best universities that are younger than 50 years old, among which the University of Bayreuth has secured an excellent 45th place for 2021.
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
Once again, the subjects of business administration, law, economics and industrial engineering at the University of Bayreuth were given the title 'Outstanding' in the CHE Ranking 2020. The study of law at the University of Bayreuth achieves top positions in all individual criteria included in the overall ranking - something that only rarely occurs in university rankings. For example, the general study environment, personal support, the range of courses offered, stays abroad, IT infrastructure, academic relevance, and career orientation are highly appreciated by students.
The University of Bayreuth’s Business Administration, Economics, and Business Administration & Engineering courses of study also received excellent marks. The general study environment, the range of courses on offer, the academic relevance, and the professional orientation are top of the list nationwide. With regard to personal mentoring, support during studies, study organization, and IT infrastructure, the subjects Business Administration and Business Administration & Engineering were also placed in the top flight nationwide. The CHE has not made a formal distinction between rank groups for the subject of economics in these additional criteria. But here, too, the economics department at the University of Bayreuth stands out with individual evaluations that have led to the top position in overall standings
Ranking conducted by the business magazine WirtschaftsWoche
This ranking is based on a survey of 500 human resources managers in law firms and companies in Germany, which university graduates meet their expectations the most. In 2021 the University of Bayreuth occupies an excellent fifth place in the Law faculty. The economics faculty has also made it into the 'Top 10'!
The University of Bayreuth is ranked 96th for research output in the natural sciences in the 2019 Nature Index tables. In fact, only a total of five universities in Germany are represented in the Top 100 of this new category of normalized Nature Index rankings. The annual Nature Index tables highlight the institutions and countries who dominate research in the natural sciences. It is based this year on the list of 500 universities, research institutes and non-academic institutions, which in 2018 made the largest contributions to publications in 82 leading scientific journals. For the 2019 rankings a new category was introduced, normalized rankings, which takes into account the number of high quality articles published as a proportion of the institution's overall output in the nature sciences, as tracked by the Dimensions database of Digital Science.
Furthermore, the University of Bayreuth is in the top group of the "Nature Index 2019 Young Universities". This recently published global ranking lists universities and research institutions younger than 50 years of age according to their share of publications in cutting-edge scientific research. In the ranking of the world's 175 best young universities, the University of Bayreuth was placed 21st. This puts it in second spot among young universities in Germany.