Freie Universität Berlin Scores with Internationality and Research Performance

CHE Reassessed English and North American Studies, German Language and Literature, Romance Languages, Education, Psychology, Biology, and Chemistry

№ 136/2016 from May 02, 2016

In its most recent university ranking, the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) certified various subjects at Freie Universität Berlin excellence in internationality. CHE particularly highlighted the transnationally oriented subjects English and North American studies and German language and literature. The university also obtained top rankings with regard to research achievements in the disciplines German language and literature, Romance languages and literatures, education, and psychology. These were all of the subjects in which indicators were examined for research performance.

The president of Freie Universität Berlin, Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt, said, "The consistently high marks for the international orientation of the degree programs is confirmation for the university's successful work in competing as an international network university." Alt stressed moreover that the CHE Ranking confirms the research strength of Freie Universität.

In the CHE Ranking one third of the subjects are re-evaluated each year. The subjects evaluated this year are English/North American studies, German language and literature, Romance languages and literatures, education, psychology, biology, and chemistry. According to CHE, more than 300 universities and more than 2,700 academic departments, more than 10,000 degree programs, more than 30 subjects were evaluated. Assessments by students were also taken into account.

For the following subjects, Freie Universität is represented in the top groups of the indicators (overall assessment and student opinion):

Subject: English / North American Studies

  • Range of courses offered
  • Support for students
  • International orientation
  • Examinations
  • Libraries
  • IT infrastructure
  • Support for stays abroad
  • Foreign language training
  • Orientation phase

Subject: Biology

  • Examinations

Subject: Chemistry

  • Graduates in the norm period of study
  • Orientation phase

Subject: Education

  • IT infrastructure
  • Rooms
  • Career orientation and practical relevance
  • Third-party funds per academic staff

Subject: German Language and Literature

  • International orientation
  • Doctorates per professor
  • Research reputation
  • Examinations
  • Libraries
  • Career orientation and practical relevance
  • Orientation phase
  • Third-party funds per professor

Subject: Psychology

  • International orientation
  • Third-party funds per professor
  • Doctorates per professor
  • Publications per academic staff
  • Quotations per scientist

Subject: Romance Languages and Literature

  • Proportion of graduates in the norm period of study
  • Orientation phase
  • Third-party funds per professor

More reviews of subjects at Freie Universität in the top group of the CHE rankings (subjects not newly reviewed in 2016)

Subject: Business Administration

  • Graduates in the norm period of study (bachelor's degree)
  • Graduates in the norm period of study (master's degree)
  • International orientation (MA)
  • Internationally visible publications
  • IT infrastructure

Subject: Geography

  • Third-party funds per scientist
  • Doctorates per professor
  • Publications per professor
  • Career orientation and practical relevance
  • Career relevance (master's degree)

Subject: Earth Sciences

  • Career orientation and practical relevance
  • International orientation (master's degree)

Subject: History

  • Proportion of graduates in the norm period of study
  • Doctorates
  • Research funding

Subject: Computer Science

  • International orientation (master's degree)

Subject: Communication Studies / Journalism

  • Research funds per academic staff

Subject: Mathematics

  • Third-party funds per scientist
  • Doctorates per professor
  • International orientation (master's degree)
  • Proportion of graduates in the norm period of study

Subject: Pharmacy

  • IT infrastructure
  • Rooms
  • Doctorates per professor

Subject: Physics

  • International orientation (master's degree)
  • Graduates in the norm period of study
  • Contact between students
  • Libraries
  • Rooms
  • IT infrastructure

Subject: Political Science

  • Third-party funds per academic staff
  • Research reputation
  • Doctorates per professor
  • Internationally visible publications

Subject: Law

  • Libraries

Subject: Medicine (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin)*

  • Third-party funds per scientist
  • Research reputation

* Students' judgments were not included

Subject: Economics

  • International orientation (master's degree)

Subject: Dentistry

  • Doctorates per professor

The CHE University Rankings are documented online at www.zeit.de/hochschulranking.