Times Higher Education Rankings
The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking is one of the most comprehensive global rankings. By now, more than 1,500 universities around the world participate in this direct comparison, which is carried out on the basis of bibliometric analyses, surveys and statistical data. In 2018, the University of Passau took part in these rankings for the first time and was found to be among the best 25 percent of universities worldwide. Since then, the University of Passau consistently maintained a steady position among the best 25 percent worldwide.
World University Ranking 2023
In this year's Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking, the University of Passau was once again placed in the top quarter of universities. The University is ranked in the 401–500 group. Of the 51 German universities taking part in the ranking, the University of Passau comes in at 38th, taking 5th place in Bavaria.
"For several years now, our University has consistently been rated one of the best 25% in this internationally reputable ranking. I am exceptionally pleased by this remarkable result. I would like to thank everyone involved. Thanks to the edge the Hightech Agenda Bayern gives us and the gains we are achieving, for example, in the area of doctoral research, we intend to defend our strong position and improve it, if possible", said University President Professor Ulrich Bartosch.
Young University Ranking 2022
The University of Passau has once again achieved a very pleasing success in the THE Young University Ranking 2022: For the fifth time in a row, it is among the top 10 percent of all young universities worldwide.
A total of 790 young universities (younger than 50 years) took part in this year's ranking, which is almost 70 percent more than last year. The University of Passau occupies position 44 in this strongly growing field of applicants and is thus in third place in Germany. In Bavaria, the University of Passau remains in first place, ahead of the University of Bayreuth in 58th place. Among other things, achievements in research, teaching and transfer are evaluated; citations and internationality also play a role.
The 2022 ranking is led by Université PSL (Paris), followed by Nanyang Technological University (Singapore).
Impact Ranking 2022
Sustainability work at the University of Passau again achieves top rankings worldwide
In the fourth survey of the "THE Impact Ranking", which evaluates goals and indicators for sustainable development, the University of Passau has once again performed successfully in a global comparison. Times Higher Education (THE) awards the University several top rankings among 1,406 participating universities, including for "Quality Education".
The University of Passau achieved this excellent international result by offering outstanding learning opportunities for students and an exciting portfolio for the general population. Worth mentioning here are public year-round services and facilities such as the library, the range of courses taught both online and face-to-face, offerings in the field of lifelong learning as well as a variety of events and cooperation projects in the community.
In addition to "Quality Education", the University of Passau achieved the best results in the areas of "Reduced Inequalities" and "Gender Equality". For these indicators, the University is in the top 10 to 20 percent worldwide. Equality, family-friendliness and sustainability are strategically important concepts for the University of Passau – and the University's commitment to these is vindicated by these great results.
The Subject Rankings are based on the annual THE World University Rankings published annually in early September.
Subject Ranking 2023: Business and Economics
Passau's Faculty of Business, Economics and Information Systems attained a place among the best 201–250 business schools worldwide. Year-on-year the faculty climbed 150 places despite the considerably larger number of schools and faculties included in the ranking.
This ranking comprises the 870 faculties with the highest publication volume.
Subject Ranking 2023: Computer Science
In this year's Subject Ranking for Computer Science, the Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics attained a place out in the 301-400 group. Year-on-year, the number of participants increased by some 10 percent.
This ranking group comprises the 974 faculties with the highest publication volume.
Subject Ranking 2023: Social Sciences
In this year's Subject Ranking for Social Sciences, the University's Faculty of Arts and Humanities rose a magnificent 200 places and attained a place in the 301–400 group.
This ranking group comprises the 941 faculties with the highest publication volume.
Methodology and weighting
In the THE World University Rankings, the participating universities are compared in their core competencies of research, teaching, knowledge transfer and international outlook. Points are allocated for a set of 13 different indicators, which allow THE to create a comprehensive league table.
Some of the data, above all indicators on the student body, staff figures and financial resources are reported by the participating universities themselves, while others are obtained from academic databases and THE-conducted surveys among international academics. The overall result is made up of five areas with different weightings: The categories "Teaching", "Research" and "Citations" each carry the highest weighting of 30 percent, whereas the category "International Outlook" has a weighting of 7.5 percent and "Industry Income" 2.5 percent.