The president of Freie Universität, Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt, stated that these results are additional evidence for the good international reputation of the university. It is gratifying that, among other things, the international orientation of Freie Universität was seen as a particular strength of the university. Alt also drew attention to the university’s outstanding position in the British QS Ranking published at the beginning of September, in which Freie Universität was ranked 66 globally and 4 in Germany.
The Times Higher Education ranking is based among other things on a global survey of about 17,500 scholars from 137 countries. Other indicators are citations and publications by members of the universities appearing in 12,000 academic journals.