TU Munich once again named as Germany’s best university

TU Munich once again named as Germany’s best university

TU Munich has been named as the best university in Germany for the ninth consecutive year. According to the 2024 QS World University Rankings, the university is the second most highly-esteemed university in the European Union and 37th worldwide. 

2024 QS World University Ranking

The QS World University Ranking has been collated for the last 12 years and ranks more than 1.500 higher education institutions across the world. For 2024, the index has been updated to include nine parameters, each weighted according to their importance. 

The nine metrics are Academic Reputation, Citations per Faculty, Employer Reputation, Faculty-to-Student Ratio, International Faculty Ratio, International Student Ratio, Sustainability, Employment Outcomes and International Research Network, in order of weighting. A first for the QS Ranking, this year's index also included international research networks and sustainability as part of its ranking criteria.

This year’s first-place ranking was given to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The university is now celebrating its 12th year at the top. 

TU Munich ranked as 37th best university in the world

TU Munich managed to climb 12 places to the 37th position, compared to last year’s ranking. The university, which is based in Munich, retains its place as the best university in Germany across the three major university rankings: QS World University Rankings, THE World University Rankings and the Shanghai Ranking. In the recent QS World University Rankings by Subject, TUM placed 15th for Physics and Astronomy, 18th in Electronic Engineering and 28th in both Engineering and Technology, as well as Natural Sciences.

Other German universities that ranked highly in the ranking include Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Heidelberg University and the Free University of Berlin - all ranking in the top 100 universities in the world. 

QS World University Rankings in Germany

According to the ranking, these are the top 10 best universities across the federal states:

  • 37. Technical University of Munich
  • 54. Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
  • 87. University of Heidelberg
  • 98. Free University of Berlin
  • 106. RWTH Aachen University
  • 119. KIT, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • 120. Humboldt University Berlin
  • 154. Technical University Berlin (TU Berlin)
  • 192.Albert Ludwig University Freiburg
  • 205. University of Hamburg

For the full rankings, see the QS World University Rankings website.

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Emily Proctor

Former Editor at IamExpat Media.

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