Rankings 2011

2011 WirtschaftsWoche ranking: Another 1st place for HsKA

Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences again obtains best results among universities of applied sciences in current university ranking of the WirtschaftsWoche magazine: it was rated number 1 four times by Germany’s personnel managers.

For this year’s university ranking of the “WirtschaftsWoche” business magazine (issue 16 of 18 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.

516 personnel managers, two thirds of which represent enterprises with over 1,000 employees, took part in the largest survey of its kind, which concentrated on industry-oriented degree programmes – Business Administration, Economics and Law, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Business Information Systems, and Natural Sciences.

For the Business Administration and Engineering, Computer Science, Business Information Systems, and Electrical Engineering programmes, the personnel managers rated Karlsruhe University Germany’s best university of applied sciences 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 programme, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences was rated number four. Thus, with four first places and one fourth place in the major engineering, computer science, and business programmes, HsKA is rated Germany’s most successful university of applied sciences in this ranking – for the fifth time in a row.

“High-quality university programmes 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 excellent results achieved in the latest ranking: “The response from personnel managers of German companies regarding the graduates from our university has been so positive that we’re in Germany’s top group for numerous disciplines, and this speaks for the quality of our university programmes. Moreover, this clearly shows our students and applicants how much industry and business are interested in recruiting them after graduation.”

In February 2010, researchers of the University Information System (HIS) in Hanover asked nearly 30,000 secondary school students that were about to graduate about their study opportunities. The survey showed that many of them were uninformed: only one out of four students knew about the study opportunities available. Every third student felt insufficiently informed and 40% even stated that they were overwhelmed by the many options they had.

It is thus essential that students thoroughly inform and orientate themselves at an early stage before deciding on a degree programme that is likely to pave the way for their entire future career. When informing themselves, many students also look at the university ranking results. In summer semester 2010, nearly 40% of the “freshmen students” said that the results obtained in the university ranking were crucial in their decision to study at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences.

How worthwhile a successful university graduation can be is reflected in another current survey of the WirtschaftsWoche, asking personnel managers about the occupational outlook of university graduates: whereas in 2010 only 39% believed the outlook was good, this year that number has increased to 85%!

2011 CHE ranking

Latest CHE ranking reveals excellent results for Business Information Systems program at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences

Including data from over 300 universities and surveying more than 250,000 students about their studies in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands, the CHE ranking is the most comprehensive and detailed ranking in German-speaking countries. It will be published tomorrow, 3 May 2011, in the latest issue of the “Zeitstudienführer 2011/12”.

Each year, one third of all degree programs are evaluated in the ranking. This year’s ranking focused on the following subjects: Law, Economics, Social Sciences, Social Work, Media and Communication Studies. The Business Information Systems program of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences was rated amongst the best for practical relevance, and general academic reputation. In the overall results for the best university of applied sciences, it was placed number two, after 3 other universities sharing first place.

Further results of the CHE ranking were based on surveys of the previous years in which Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences also obtained excellent results, e.g. for Civil Engineering in the following categories: overall study situation, student support, research funds and general academic reputation. For Civil Engineering, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences thus obtained place 3 amongst all German universities of applied sciences.

The university further takes top placements for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology in the categories overall study situation and student support. It also counts amongst the best universities for Mechanical Engineering, in the categories overall study situation, student support, research funds and reputation of program and professors, sharing first place for the best university of applied sciences in Germany with two other universities. The degree programs offered in Computer Science also rate amongst Germany’s best for the categories student support, overall study situation and research funds.

“The results obtained in this renowned ranking again confirm the high quality of our degree programs that open up excellent career opportunities for our graduates. This has also been confirmed in other rankings”, emphasizes Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Meisel. In the current university ranking of the Wirtschaftswoche newspaper (April 2011), for instance, personnel managers were asked from which universities they recruited their management trainees and specialists and which ones prepared the students best for their jobs. For four out of six degree programs, namely Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Business Information Systems and Business Administration & Engineering, the personnel managers rated Karlsruhe University Germany’s best university of applied sciences when it comes to preparing the students for their future jobs – so that’s four times number one in this year’s university ranking. For Mechanical Engineering the university was rated number 4. Therefore, with four first places and one fourth place in the major engineering, computer science, and business programs, HsKA is again rated Germany’s most successful university of applied sciences in this ranking.

2 May, 2011

trendence Graduate Barometer – German IT Edition, June 2011

The trendence Institut in Berlin conducted a Germany-wide survey of 6,935 IT students who were about to graduate.

During the study, the HsKA Computer Science and Business Information Systems students honored their university with a testimonial that could not have been much better – in seven out of 11 categories, HsKA is rated as "top performer“.

Among German higher education institutions and universities of applied sciences, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA) was ranked in the following issues:

  • Career service: first/first
  • Mentoring by professors and lecturers: second/first
  • Practical orientation of the curriculum: second/second
  • Quality of teaching: second/second
  • Cooperation with industry: second/second
  • Quality and updating of the library: position 8/third
  • Service (Student Registry): position 8/position 4