Rankings 2014

Top ratings in WirtschaftsWoche magazine university ranking

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

For the current university ranking of the "WirtschaftsWoche" (issue 26 of 23 June 2014), carried out in conjunction with the consulting agency Universum and the temp agency access KellyOCG, HR managers of German companies were asked which universities equipped students best for their companies' requirements and which criteria were important to them when selecting applicants. The ranking deliberately concentrates on the practical relevance of degree programs.


571 HR managers of small and medium-sized businesses, as well as of large enterprises, participated in the current survey carried out between January and April 2014. The survey focused on economic subjects such as business administration, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, and business information systems.

For Business Information Systems, HR managers rated HsKA the best university of applied sciences – i.e. number 1 in Germany when it comes to preparing students for their future careers. Business Administration and Engineering, HsKA's industrial engineering program, was rated number 2 and its Electrical Engineering degree program was awarded 3rd place. HsKA's Computer Science program was ranked number 6 and its Mechanical Engineering program number 8.

With three top placements in industrial engineering subjects and two essential degree programs in this subject area, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences was able to reachieve its excellent results achieved in previous years and, in total, has again been ranked Germany's best university of applied sciences in five subject areas.

"For the industry and economy, high quality programs linked with a strong focus on practical relevance are essential", emphasizes Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Meisel, President of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. He is very happy with the excellent results his university has achieved in the current ranking. "The results reflect the experience HR managers of German companies have made with our graduates and that speaks for the quality of our degree programs. The results are also due to the fact that we include our students, particularly further along in their studies, in research projects. The results of the current Wirtschaftswoche ranking confirm other ranking results as well. As recently as this past May, we were awarded top ratings for several degree programs in the renowned CHE University Ranking."

When asked what criteria they considered the most important for the selection of applicants, the HR managers responded that aside from the subject studied and the applicant's personality, practical experience and a very good knowledge of English were of particular importance. Then the type of degree – Bachelor, Master, Diploma – was considered, followed by the grades. In terms of the so-called soft skills, solution-oriented thinking, self-reliance, and communication skills played an important role.

23 June 2014

2014 CHE ranking

Top front runners are degree programs Business Information Systems and Communication & Media Management at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences

The CHE University Ranking is the most comprehensive and detailed university ranking in the German-speaking countries. Altogether over 300 universities, 2,500 faculties, 7,500 degree programs and their students' evaluations were taken into account. The results will be presented on 6 May 2014 in the ZEIT Study Guide 2014/2015. 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 they were business information systems, communication and media management and business sciences, among others. Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA) was awarded top ratings.

The Business Information Systems as well as the Communication & Media Management programs offered at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences took top positions in all major evaluation categories: the overall study situation, academic feasibility, support provided to students by the teaching staff, international orientation, i.e. completion of the studies within the normal course duration, and relevance for practice. In Business Information Systems, HsKA 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 program also received excellent results: 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 superb ratings for business administration, represented by the degree program International Management, for the categories: overall study situation and international orientation.

Other results are taken from CHE rankings of previous years. The 2013 ranking dealt with, among others, the programs offered in civil engineering. In the categories overall study situation, the support provided to students by the teaching staff and reputation of professors/academics, HsKA was in the lead group – only two other universities of applied sciences attained better results in that ranking. In the categories overall study situation, support provided to students by the teaching staff, research funds per professor, and reputation of professors/academics, Karlsruhe was rated among the top universities of applied sciences in the German-speaking countries for its degree programs in mechanical engineering. Only one other university of applied sciences was ranked higher.

The survey of 2012 also revealed outstanding results for the programs offered by HsKA. Its computer science programs were rated at the top in 4 out of 5 categories: overall study situation, support, research funds, reputation of professors. This represents the best ranking for a university of applied sciences in Germany!

"The results of renowned university rankings", emphasizes Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Meisel, President of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, “again and again confirm the high quality of our programs that open up the best opportunities for our graduates. We are extremely pleased with the current results. In all four of the newly evaluated subjects, we were rated top for the overall study situation. This means that our students must be very happy with their studies here."