The University's position in recent national rankings

According to a survey carried out among the first-year students of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA), the main criteria to select this particular institution are "high quality of education" and "degree program". About 40% of the applicants, however, rely on rankings when making their choice.

Recent national rankings have confirmed that Hochschule Karlsruhe – Technik und Wirtschaft (HsKA) is one of Germany’s top universities of applied sciences. For several years running now.

Once again, top placements in the WiWo university ranking

Universities evaluated by HR managers of German companies: Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences was awarded first, second and third places for its degree programs in technology and business in the current university ranking of the WirtschaftsWoche magazine

For the current university ranking by “WirtschaftsWoche” of 25 October 2016, the consulting company Universum surveyed Human Resources managers of German companies in all industries about which universities best prepare their students to suit the companies’ needs.

The ranking deliberately concentrates on the practical relevance of degree programs. From a list of all universities, HR managers could choose the ones whose graduates best fulfilled their expectations. They could name several universities per subject. 540 HR managers of small and medium-sized businesses, as well as of large enterprises, participated in the current survey. Universum modified the survey methods in comparison to previous years. The HR managers’ answers were weighted, that is, their responses influenced the ranking more or less depending on whether their industry was over- or underrepresented in the survey with respect to the German industry environment.

In Industrial Engineering , in the opinion of the HR managers, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences was clearly the university that best prepared its graduates for the profession and thus for their careers – that is, it placed first in the current university ranking, since 14.1% of the HR managers especially prefer graduates of this discipline. In Computer Science and Business Information Systems Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences ranked in second place in all of Germany and in Electrical Engineering it came in third place. In Mechanical Engineering it achieved a still-impressive fifth place, and in business, ranked with the International Management degree program, it still counts among the top ten. With these top placements, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences can tie into the outstanding results from previous years and is ranked the second-best university of applied sciences overall in all of Germany.

“It seems that the universities that best prepare their students for digitalization rank especially high,” says Stefan Lake, Germany's Head of Universum. Industry 4.0, big data, and digitalization are industry-spanning trend topics that are on the minds of ever more HR managers.

"The good results we’ve obtained in these renowned university rankings", emphasizes Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Meisel, President of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, “have confirmed the high quality of our programs for years now. This is largely due to the close dovetailing of our teaching and applied research. It opens up the best career opportunities for our graduates worldwide.”

25 October, 2016

New CHE Ranking for Engineers

Master’s Degree Program Mechanical Engineering at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences ranked top in German-speaking countries

If you decide to do a master’s degree following your bachelor’s degree, you are confronted with an abundance of choices and the question which one is the most suitable. With the ranking of the master’s degree programs, applicants are supported in making the right choice for themselves. The latest issue of “ZEIT CAMPUS” became available on 4th October 2016 with new rankings for master’s programs in engineering, surveyed by the Center for Higher Education (CHE). Students of the master’s degree programs were interviewed between March and July 2016.

The master’s degree program Mechanical Engineering of HsKA scored top in each of the four main categories “Curriculum”, “Practical Relevance”, “Graduations within a Reasonable Time Frame” and “Industry Contacts”. Also in the category “Research Funds per Professor”, HsKA is listed among the top-ranked universities. Not only has it obtained the best result for a master’s degree program in mechanical engineering at a university of applied sciences within the German-speaking countries, but it also scored highest among all types of higher education institution.

According to Professor Dr Karl-Heinz Meisel, President of HsKA, “This result in a renowned university ranking confirms the high quality of our degree programs which we mainly achieve thanks to the close connection of teaching and applied research. This opens up the best career prospects worldwide to our graduates”.

With over 300 surveyed universities, 2,700 areas of study and 10,000 degree programs, the CHE university ranking is the most extensive and detailed ranking within the German speaking countries. In addition to facts about degree programs, teaching, equipment and research, the evaluation by students of the academic conditions is considered.

6 October 2016

Top ratings in trendence Graduate Barometer 2016

Student survey: Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences ranks at the very top in Germany for its programs in Computer Science and Business Information Systems

This is the eighteenth time the Berlin trendence Institute has interviewed senior IT students about their career ambitions, employers of their choice, and their university for the Germany-wide comparison study "trendence Graduate Barometer – German IT Edition“. This year 5,711 students from 69 universities participated in the study.

During the study, the Computer Science and Business Information Systems students of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA) honored their university with a testimonial that could not have been much better - for 5 out of 10 categories, including 28 individual criteria, the university was rated "top performer“. For 4 out of the remaining 5 categories, the university achieved excellent results, thereby taking first place in 8 categories among the German universities of applied sciences, namely: evaluation of lecturers and professors, practical relevance of the studies, internationalization of programs, cooperation with the industry, career consulting and fostering (i.e. career services) as well as the quality of service and consulting and student activities. For the category quality and up-to-dateness of the library, it was rated number 1 among all higher education institutions including universities. Overall, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences is by far the best university of applied sciences of the current ranking.

"The results of the study once again confirm our excellent reputation and the high quality of teaching at our university, which is partly achieved by closely linking it to our research activities“, emphasizes President Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Meisel.

So it comes as no surprise that the students of Computer Science and Business Information Systems programs at HsKA are more satisfied with their education as compared to the average determined amongst German universities. The share of Bachelor degree students who want to continue with a Master's degree program at HsKA is also significantly higher than the average amongst German universities. More than 96 % of the students interviewed recommend their institution.

8 July 2016

CHE University Ranking 2016/17 in the new ZEIT Study Guide

Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences – rated at the top for degree programs in mechanical engineering, civil engineering, mechatronics, and architecture

Excellent ratings for degree programs

Each year, one third of the subjects offered at universities in German-speaking countries are rerated. This year’s subjects included architecture, civil and environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, and mechatronics. Again, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA) was rated at the top for several of its degree programs. The university also scored particularly high satisfaction ratings for its overall study situation.

Mechanical Engineering

Excellent results were obtained for the Mechanical Engineering degree programs of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. They received top-level ratings in the four categories: degree completion within a reasonable time frame, support provided to students by the teaching staff, relevance for job market and employment, and the overall study situation. The students were very satisfied with all 13 individual rating criteria, particularly with the support provided by the teaching staff, support offered throughout their studies, the curriculum, the academic feasibility, the exams, professional and practical relevance, the support provided during study abroad semesters as well as with the library and IT facilities.

Civil Engineering

The Civil Engineering degree programs of the university were rated top flight in three categories: degree completion within a reasonable time frame, industry contacts and overall study situation. Students were particularly happy with the support provided by teaching staff, support offered throughout their studies, academic feasibility, practical relevance, equipment of the premises as well as with the library and IT facilities. When you also take the international approach of the degree programs into account – where Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences is listed among the front runners – HsKA scores the highest rating in total for universities of applied sciences in German-speaking countries.

Mechatronics

The Mechatronics degree programs obtained top ratings in two categories: degree completion within a reasonable time frame and industry contacts. It was particularly due to their international approach that the Mechatronics programs were able to score so highly.

Architecture

The Architecture degree programs of HsKA were also rated among the front runners in the categories degree completion within reasonable time frame and overall study situation. Particularly positive ratings were given for the equipment of the premises and the distinct professional relevance of the programs.

Other results listed here are taken from CHE rankings of previous years. In 2015, the Computer Science degree programs of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences were amongst the top-rated for practical relevance and study time (degree completion within reasonable time frame). The Bachelor degree programs Computer Science, and Communication and Media Management received particularly high ratings for their practical elements, experiences imparted outside the university, and practical relevance of the final theses. In these categories the university has obtained the maximum number of points, leading to an overall result of 9 out of 11 points. In addition, its Master degree program Computer Science was rated among the best for its international approach. Here Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences was able to score with its various options for studying abroad and the variety of language courses offered.

In a 2014 survey, the ranking included degree programs offered for business information systems, communication and media management, business administration & engineering, and management sciences, among others. Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences was also awarded top ratings for these programs. The subjects Business Information Systems as well as Communication and Media Management, represented through the degree program Communication and Media Management at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, took top positions in all major rating categories: the overall study situation, academic feasibility, support provided to students by the teaching staff, international approach, completion of the studies within normal course duration and relevance for practice. In Business Information Systems, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences has been rated among the top 2 universities of applied sciences in the German-speaking countries, and in Media and Communication Sciences among the top 3!

The Business Administration & Engineering degree program was also ranked highly: It was awarded top ratings for the overall study situation, the support provided to students by the teaching staff, the subjects offered and practical relevance. In addition, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences received excellent ratings for business administration, represented through the degree program International Management, for the categories overall study situation and international orientation.

"The results of renowned university rankings", emphasizes Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Meisel, President of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, "have confirmed the high quality of our programs for years now. This is largely due to the close dovetailing of our teaching and applied research. It opens up the best career opportunities for our graduates worldwide."

The CHE University Ranking is one of the most comprehensive and detailed university rankings in the German-speaking countries. Altogether over 300 universities, 2,700 faculties and 10,000 degree programs were taken into account. Besides looking at the degree programs, teaching, equipment and research, the ranking also accounts for students' ratings given on the study conditions at their university. The new 2016/17 ZEIT Study Guide, including the ranking results, is available on newsstands from May 3rd, 2016.

3 May 2016