Rankings 2013

2013 WirtschaftsWoche ranking: No. 1 in Germany

Hochschule Karlsruhe is identified as the best university of applied sciences in the current WirtschaftsWoche university ranking

For this year’s university ranking of the “WirtschaftsWoche” business magazine (issue 15 of 8 April 2013), the consulting company Universum Communications has again conducted the 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.

523 personnel managers, both from SMEs and from large enterprises, took part in the largest survey of its kind, which concentrated on industry-oriented degree programmes – Economics, Business Administration, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Business Information Systems.

For the Business Administration and Engineering, Computer Science, Business Information Systems, and Electrical Engineering programmes, the personnel managers rated HsKA Germany’s best university of applied sciences when it comes to preparing the students for their future job and career – 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 five. Thus, with four first places and one fifth place in the major engineering, computer science, and business programmes, HsKA is rated Germany’s most successful university of applied sciences in this ranking - again.

“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 positive response from personnel managers of German companies regarding the graduates from our university clearly shows that they are highly content with their new employees. We’re in Germany’s top group for numerous disciplines, and this speaks for the quality of our university programmes. One way of achieving this is to integrate especially senior students in research projects. Moreover, this clearly shows our students and applicants how much industry and business are interested in recruiting them after graduation.”

And the job prospects for graduates are currently very good: 60 % of the personnel managers taking part in the survey believe that they will not be able to recruit enough computer engineers in 2013. In the case of electrical engineers, approx. 50 % of personnel managers thought so. "Companies must think outside the box to recruit highly-trained new employees especially in the engineering sciences," confirms Stefan Lake, CEO of Universum in Germany.

8 April, 2013

CHE ranking of May 2013

(published as "Zeit-Studienführer 2013/14")

The CHE University Ranking is one of the most comprehensive and detailed university rankings in the German-speaking countries. Altogether over 300 universities, 2,500 faculties, and the evaluations of more than 250,000 students were taken into account. The results will be presented on 7 May 2013 in the ZEIT-Studienführer (Study Guide) 2013/2014. Besides looking at the degree programs, teaching, equipment and research, the ranking also accounts for students' evaluations given on the study conditions at their university.

Each year, one third of the study subjects is reevaluated. This year's ranking included engineering sciences, for which Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA) obtained very good and excellent results. In Civil Engineering, HsKA was in the lead group as to the criteria overall study situation, support provided to students, and reputation of professors/academics in teaching and research - only two other universities of applied sciences attained better results in that ranking. In the mechanical engineering subjects, HsKA was, as to overall study situation, support provided to students, research funds per professor, and reputation of professors/academics in teaching and research, rated top compared to other universities of applied sciences in German-speaking countries, being outmatched by only one institution.

Other results are taken from CHE surveys of previous years. The 2012 ranking dealt with, among others, computer science. In this area also HsKA degree programs were awarded top ratings in the following four out of five categories "overall study situation", "support provided to students", "research funds per professor", and "reputation of professors/academics". This makes HsKA Germany’s most successful university of applied sciences.

In the 2011 survey also, HsKA degree programs obtained excellent positions. The Business Information Systems program was placed in the lead group for the categories relevance for practice and reputation of professors/academics. This means that HsKA was placed number two, after 3 other universities sharing first place.

Top ratings in trendence Graduate Barometer 2013

2013 trendence ranking of IT graduates

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

This is the fifteenth 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 6,658 students from 79 universities participated in the study.

In 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 8 out of 10 criteria, the university was rated "top performer". For the remaining two criteria, it received a rating of "good". With this rating, it counts among the two universities with the best rankings. HsKA took first place among the German universities and universities of applied sciences in several categories, namely: quality of support and impartation of the subject matter through lecturers and professors, cooperation with the industry, and career services (i.e. career consulting and fostering). Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences further shares first place with five other universities for the quality and currentness of its library.

It was rated number 3 among all universities (number 2 among all universities of applied sciences) regarding the relevance for practice of its programs. For the category extent and quality of student activities, it was rated number 4 among all universities and number 1 among the universities of applied sciences. Regarding the quality of its service facilities, it's ranked 5th among all universities, which is number 4 among all universities of applied sciences.

"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. Another category of the study clearly shows just how important the university's reputation is: Nearly 80 % of the university's IT students declared that they chose to study at HsKA because of its excellent ratings. So it comes as no surprise to learn that now half of the university's bachelor's degree students, when asked about their future plans, said they also wished to join a master's degree program at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences.