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.
For the fifth consecutive time, the University of Passau was placed in the top quarter of universities around the globe in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking. The University has already continuously held this high level since it first participated in 2018. In the current ranking, published on 2 September, the University of Passau is ranked in the 351–400 group. Among the 50 German universities taking part in the ranking, the University of Passau comes in at 32nd, whereas it takes 5th place in Bavaria.
This is all the more gratifying when one considers that the number of universities ranked has grown by more than 50% throughout the past five years: the latest ranking evaluates a total of 1,662 universities. Leading the ranking, as in previous years, is the University of Oxford (UK). The California Institute of Technology and Harvard University (both US) share second place.
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).
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 Dreifluss University several top rankings among 1,406 participating universities, including for "Quality Education", which examines the quality of high-quality education.
The University of Passau achieved this top international result both with excellent learning opportunities for its students and with an exciting portfolio for the general population. Worth mentioning here are public year-round offerings, such as the library as well as online and face-to-face courses, offerings in the field of lifelong learning as well as a variety of events and cooperation projects with the community.
In addition to "Quality Education", the University of Passau achieves the best results in the areas of "Reduced Inequalities" (inclusion) and "Gender Equality" (equality between women and men). For these indicators, the University of Passau places in the top 10 to 20 percent worldwide. Equality, family-friendliness and sustainability are strategically important topics for the University of Passau - the commitment in this regard also receives great appreciation and visibility through the current results.
The Subject Rankings are based on the annual THE World University Rankings, which are published at the beginning of September each year.
In the Subject Ranking for Computer Science, the Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics achieved a shared 176th place out of 891 participating faculties and departments, maintaining its place among the world's leading 20 percent.
In Germany, the faculty took joint 14th place out of 37 participating faculties; Bavaria-wide, the University of Passau reached fourth position in the computer science ranking.
The Faculty of Business, Economics and Information Systems achieved a place among the best 301–400 faculties worldwide.
As in the year before, the Subject Ranking for Social Sciences achieved a place in the 501–600 group.
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.