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Ranking table: Munich universities among the best

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(23.10.2015) In this year's Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Munich's Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) came 29th out of 800 establishments of higher education – the highest score of any German university. The Technical University of Munich (TUM) was the fourth-best German university overall, ranking 53rd in the table.

The LMU is up 26 places – and the TUM a remarkable 53 places – compared to last year's rankings. Both universities delivered impressive performance in teaching, research and the acquisition of third-party funding from industry. In these categories, the two Munich establishments number among the best ten percent in the world.

German universities very strong
German universities in general occupy a very strong position in the ranking table. Every tenth one of the world's 200 top universities is in Germany – eight more than in the previous year. Universities in other European countries such as the UK, Switzerland and the Netherlands also improved their standings in this year's rankings.

The shift is partly attributable to changes in the data on which the ranking table is based. At the same time, the study authors also see university reforms such as the pan-European Bologna Process and research development programs such as the German Universities Excellence Initiative as responsible for the improved performance of European universities.

US American university dominance on the wane
The ranking table is led by the California Institute of Technology, the University of Oxford and Stanford University. And while six of the top ten universities still come from the USA, the dominance of this country's establishments of higher education is waning. In 2015, the top 200 rankings include 63 US universities, down from 74 a year ago and 77 in 2013.

Times Higher Education examined a total of 800 universities around the globe, analyzing the quality of teaching and research, the number of citations in trade journals, the universities' international outlook and the acquisition of third-party funding from industry.