International Business, Economics, Psychology, Medicine and European Studies have scored well again in the latest ‘Hochschulranking’ by the German ‘Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung’ (CHE), published by the German magazine Die Zeit.
The five UM studies (others were not included) received a green ball after the names for a number of criteria, such as ‘overall study situation’ and more specific aspects such as tutoring, courses offered, study organisation, library, preparation for the labour market, E-learning and internationalisation. This means that they belong to the top in their respective categories.
Many Germans who are looking for a suitable study refer to the ranking during their search. The German ranking, which includes all German universities, as well as a few Swiss, Austrian and Dutch ones, does not show an absolute winner, like the ‘KeuzeGids’ and the universities test by the weekly magazine Elsevier do. There is "no best university" or best faculty. The one may be good in research, the other may be better in education. And where one excels in the field of psychology, the other is very good in law.
Every year the makers update one third of the data, while the rest remains the same as in previous years. The Dutch universities cannot participate in all criteria. For example, the ‘reputation among professors’ is not taken into consideration.
Next month the European University Association (EUA) will present an analysis of international rankings, including the CHE one. Ranking at an international level remains difficult, Sonja Berghoff of CHE admits. “The opinions of German, Austrian and Dutch students are comparable, but it is uncertain whether Spanish and Portuguese students, for example, would give similar answers. It becomes even more difficult if you want to create a global system.”