2012 Higher Education Ranking of the WirtschaftsWoche Business Magazine
With four premier ratings and one first runner-up, Karlsruhe is by a wide margin Germany’s best university of applied sciences in the current ranking of the WirtschaftsWoche magazine
Cover of the WirtschaftsWoche magazine dated 7 April 2012
For this year’s university ranking of the “WirtschaftsWoche” business magazine (issue 15 of 7 April 2011), the consulting company Universum Communications and the temporary employment agency access Kelly OCG have again conducted a survey, asking personnel managers in Germany of all lines of business from which universities they recruited their management trainees and future specialists and which ones prepared the students best for their future jobs. The survey clearly and deliberately focuses on the practical relevance of university training.
500 personnel managers, 70% of which represent enterprises with over 1,000 employees, took part in the current survey. It concentrated on industry-oriented degree programs – Business Administration, Economics and Law, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Business Information Systems, and Natural Sciences.
For the Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Industrial Engineering programs, the personnel managers rated Karlsruhe University Germany’s best university of applied sciences in four of six disciplines when it comes to preparing the students for their future job – so that’s four times number one in this year’s university ranking. For the Mechanical Engineering program, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences was rated number two in Germany. Thus, with four first places and one second place in the major engineering, computer science, and business programs, HsKA is rated Germany’s most successful university of applied sciences in this ranking, confirming the excellent results achieved over the past few years.
"High quality university programs combined with a strong focus on practical content are essential for industry and business," says Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Meisel, President of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. He is pleased about the university's top scores in the latest ranking: "These results reflect the positive response from personnel managers of German companies regarding the graduates from our university. It speaks for the quality of our programs that HsKA is in Germany's top group for most disciplines. Moreover, this clearly shows our students and applicants how much industry and business are interested in recruiting them after graduation.
Currently, there are excellent career opportunities available for university graduates: "Nearly 90% of Germany's personnel managers are optimistic about the employment opportunities in the labour market – compared to only 39% in 2010," says Daniel Rettig from the WirtschaftsWoche magazine, and he adds: "So it’s definitely worth the effort to gain a well-regarded degree."