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.
CHE Master's ranking, December 2019
Top results for Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Information Technology, and Mechanical Engineering
December 2, 2019
Those who are interested in post-graduate studies are faced with an abundance of choices. This is where rankings of Master’s degree programs come in – their aim is to help applicants choose the program that is right for them. On December 3, the latest edition of “ZEIT CAMPUS” will be published with a new national ranking of Master’s degrees. For this ranking, the Center for Higher Education (CHE) compared programs according to 11 to 15 criteria, with a distinct focus on research, as this is what post-graduate students will be most interested in.
In this latest ranking, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences was able to achieve excellent results with as many as three of its Master’s programs. In the “graduation within a reasonable time frame” category, the Civil Engineering program came out top, while the Electrical Engineering & Information Technology as well as the Mechanical Engineering programs were placed in the top group in the categories “international orientation” and “research funds per professor”.
According to Prof. Dr. Angelika Altmann-Dieses, Vice-President for Academic and International Affairs, “such results in renowned university rankings are proof time and again of the high quality of our programs, which we achieve through a high level of practical relevance and the close interconnection of teaching and applied research. This is what gives our graduates excellent job prospects anywhere in the world.”
CHE university ranking, May 2019
7 May 2019
Each year, the CHE university ranking assesses one third of the degree subjects offered. This year, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA) was rated for its degree programs in architecture, civil engineering, electrical engineering, information technology, automotive engineering, mechanical engineering and mechatronics. For all these degree programs, HsKA received top placements:
Students were particularly impressed with the architecture degree programs in five categories (all top group placements): support provided by teaching staff, range of courses offered, career guidance offers, practical relevance, premises and overall study situation. In the category teaching and research, HsKA particularly stood out when it came to completion of the Bachelor's and Master's degree within a reasonable time frame (top ratings for both programs).
Here students were particularly happy about degree completion within a reasonable time frame for both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs as well as with the business contacts provided during the Bachelor's degree program. The premises were also rated highly.
Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
These degree programs were rated top flight in three categories: support provided at the beginning of studies, business contacts provided during the Bachelor's degree program and international orientation of the Master’s degree program.
Here the students were particularly pleased with the equipment available at the internship labs. The degree programs further received top ratings for the categories support provided at the beginning of studies (Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs) and business contacts and international orientation (Master’s degree program). Another top ranking was secured for the raising of research funds (per professor).
Students were literally enthusiastic about this degree program. They gave top rankings for a total of ten categories: support provided by teaching staff, support offered throughout their studies, range of courses offered, organization of the degree programs, exams, career guidance offers, practical relevance, support provided during study abroad semesters, IT infrastructure, laboratory equipment and the overall study situation. This degree program was also ranked top in the categories support provided at the beginning of studies, business contacts during Bachelor’s degree program, international orientation of Master’s degree program and raising of research funds (per professor).
Here students were particularly pleased with the range of courses offered and the laboratory equipment provided. This degree program further impressed students in the following categories: completion of the Master's degree within a reasonable time frame, extent to which learning venues are interlinked in the dual system of study, support provided at the beginning of studies, business contacts, international orientation of Master’s degree program and raising of research funds (per professor).
The results obtained for other degree programs are taken from the CHE rankings of previous years. In 2018, HsKA obtained top placements for its degree programs in computer science. Top ratings were obtained in four out of five central evaluation categories. What students appreciated most was the overall study situation, the support provided by teaching staff, organization of the degree programs, career guidance offers and the IT infrastructure. HsKA was also rated at the top in the category "degree completion within reasonable time". This category looks at the share of students who completed their studies within the standard period of study, plus one or two semesters. In the category "Business contacts”, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences was also ranked among the best.
HsKA was also among the top-rated universities for its degree programs in Business Information Systems and its Bachelor's degree program in International IT Business: It ranked among the best in three assessment criteria, namely international orientation, business contacts and the overall study situation. In the field of Business Administration, the study programs offered by HsKA in International Management as well as the Master's degree program Tricontinental Master in Global Studies were ranked. They obtained top ratings in three categories: degree completion within a reasonable time frame, business contacts, and support for students during the beginning of their studies. HsKA’s degree programs in Business Administration and Engineering and its new Master's degree program in Technology Entrepreneurship were ranked at the top in the categories international orientation and business contacts.
The CHE University Ranking is one of the most comprehensive and detailed university rankings in the German-speaking countries. Altogether over 300 universities were ranked by more than 150,000 students. 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 2019/20 ZEIT Study Guide, including the ranking results, is available on newsstands from May 7th, 2019.
"The results of renowned university rankings", emphasizes Prof. Dr. Frank Artinger, 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 results clearly reflect the practical approach and international orientation of our study programs – both pivotal, strategic goals of the university education we offer.”
Only last week, the results of a survey of 650 HR managers from companies with 10 to 1,000 employees were published in WirtschaftsWoche (No. 19 of May 3rd, 2019). They were asked which universities they preferred to recruit employees from – i.e. which universities provide the best training for the needs of their companies.
When it comes to Computer Science and Business Administration and Engineering, HR managers believe that Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, together with another university of applied sciences, best prepares its graduates for the profession and thus for their careers – HsKA was rated 2nd place in this ranking. In the fields Electrical engineering and Business Information Systems, it came in 3rd place. For Mechanical Engineering, HsKA was still able to reach 7th place and thus ranks among the top ten in five of the six evaluated disciplines nationwide. According to German personnel managers, all in all, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences belongs to the top three universities of applied sciences in Germany.
"WirtschaftsWoche" university ranking, May 2019
May 3, 2019
For the current university ranking by “WirtschaftsWoche“ (issue 19 of 3 May 2019), the consulting company Universum asked Human Resources managers of German companies with 10 - 1,000 employees from which universities they preferred to recruit their employees – in other words, which universities, in their view, best prepared their students to suit their companies’ needs. The ranking thus deliberately concentrates on the practical relevance of degree programs.
In Computer Science and Business Administration and Engineering, in the opinion of the HR managers HsKA is second only to one other university of applied sciences nationwide when it comes to preparing its students for the profession and thus for their careers in industry. In Electrical Engineering and in Business Information Systems HsKA ranked third, and in Mechanical Engineering, it achieved seventh place. With placements in the top 10 in five out of six disciplines surveyed for this ranking, HR managers count HsKA amongst the top 3 universities of applied sciences in Germany overall.
“These top placements, which are very much in line with previous years, have confirmed yet again the high quality of our degree programs. This is largely due to the way our teaching goes hand in hand with our applied research, opening up the best career opportunities for our graduates worldwide.”
International university ranking, June 2019
June 4, 2019
Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences was yet again featured in U-Multirank, an international university ranking portal, along with only a few other universities of applied sciences in the state of Baden-Württemberg, confirming the high importance of HsKA’s international orientation. U-Multirank, sponsored by the EU, has published its rankings since 2014.
This year, around 1,700 universities from 96 countries participated in the ranking, which takes into consideration a variety of indicators that evaluate the strengths of each university.
Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences achieved five top scores regarding its international orientation, research, and regional cooperation, as well as four good reviews for international orientation, research, and teaching and learning. These results indicate that the University is headed in the right direction to achieve its strategic goals.
U-Multirank allows users to use the platform according to individual interests and demands. By choosing individual criteria, universities with similar characteristics can be compared side-by-side. Instead of creating list rankings, U-Multirank considers several indicators (teaching and learning, research, know-how transfer, international orientation, and regional cooperation) that are classified from “weak” to “very good”. The reviews are based on students’ evaluations and data provided by the universities.
The portal can be visited at www.umultirank.org
Trendence Graduate Barometer – German IT edition, June 2019
This year, the Berlin trendence Institute has interviewed 5,975 senior IT students from 63 universities for the Germany-wide comparison study "trendence Graduate Barometer – German IT Edition“. During the study, HsKA students honored their university with an excellent testimonial.
For six out of eight central categories, including 26 individual criteria, HsKA achieved outstanding results. For the evaluation of lecturers and professors, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences was the nationwide top performer of all higher education institutions, including universities.
The students were also satisfied with the categories "practical relevance of the studies", "career consulting/career services" and "quality of service and consulting", where HsKA was also rated number 1 among the universities of applied sciences (HAWs), among the universities HsKA was rated number 2. In addition, the category "quality and up-to-dateness of the library" was given top marks. Overall, HsKA obtained place 3 among the HAWs and place 5 among all universities. The students were also satisfied with the study location (place 9 of all universities/place 5 of the HAWs).
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 - more than 93 % of the students interviewed recommend their institution.