Top University in Germany by Ranking
The development of top universities in Germany
From 2007 to 2012, the Excellence Initiative Grants Committee provided €1.9 billion (US$2.56 billion) to 85 institutions, to strengthen research and enhance Germany’s visibility in the scientific community. A significant amount of that funding (up to €13.5 million or US$18.24 million each per year) went to nine institutions for proposed future concepts, and eight of those appear within the top 150 in the world this year.
A further €2.4 billion (US$3.25 billion) was approved last year for the second phase of the program. This will benefit a total of 99 institutions, including eleven universities selected for their future concepts. Six from the previous round have retained their funding, and five more have been added. All the institutions which receive funding enjoy enhanced status as an elite institution.
In addition, an alliance of nine technological universities called TU9 (Technische Universität 9) are known for excellence in research. These all have a high number of international students, with an average of 15% of students from outside Germany.
Here’s a quick overview of the top universities in Germany by state (known as Länder), based on the QS World University Rankings® 2013/14.
Top universities in North Rhine-Westphalia
The western state of North Rhine-Westphalia is the most populous in Germany, with its 17.5 million residents accounting for almost 22% of the country’s 80.5 million. It is a leading player in the German economy and includes the most important industrial area – the Rhine-Ruhr region, which is one of the largest metropolitan areas in Europe.