LMU Munich: World Rankings, National Rankings, Subject-Specific Rankings 2020

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    LMU Munich with its 500 years of tradition is recognized for its unique array of programs and strong focus on research. The amalgamation of academic excellence, research facilities, welcoming community, and international collaborations have altogether contributed to the consistently improving Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich Rankings.

    Currently home to over 51,000 students with 15% contribution of international students to this population, LMU Munich is one of the German universities with the maximum number of international students.

    Students get to choose from a pool of over 200 degree programs, 150 PhD degrees, with 28 masters degrees taught completely in English, LMU Munich offers a plenty of choices to international students planning to study in Germany.

    LMU Munich World Rankings

    LMU Munich ranks among the world's top 100 universities as per Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Rankings and among world’s top 50 universities as per Times Higher Education (THE) rankings.

    Tabulated below are LMU Munich rankings for the year 2019 and 2020 as per some of the most distinguished ranking agencies:

    Ranking Agency 2020 Rankings 2019 Rankings
    Quacquarelli Symonds #63 #62
    Times Higher Education #32 #
    CWUR #49 #51
    US News #43 -
    ARWU - #52
    NTU - #60

    Some of the other popular recognitions received by LMU Munich:

    • THE World Reputation Rankings (2019): #43
    • THE European Teaching Rankings (2019): #51-75
    • US News Best Global University in Europe (2020): #11
    • CWUR Research Performance Rankings (2020): #47

    A better understanding of rankings allows international students to choose a premier institute for their higher education for a pool of humongous study abroad institutions.Getting an insight on the parameters utilized for ranking a particular university by various agencies can help students look out of the outstanding features the chosen university has to offer.

    Sections below detail these criteria on which LMU Munich is ranked by some of the popular ranking agencies.

    LMU Munich Ranking: QS

    As per 2021 rankings of QS, LMU Munich currently stands at the position it held last year, #63. There was a slight drop in the university rankings from the year 2019 to 2020- #62 (2019) while #63 (2020). In the same time frame a drop was observed in university’s graduate employability rankings as well- #101-110 (2019) to #121-130 (2020).

    The graphical image below represents the overall change in the LMU Munich QS Rankings for past few years:

    LMU Munich QS Rankings

    The table below details the parameters that resulted in LMU gaining a position among world’s top 100 universities:

    Parameter for Overall Ranking Score Weightage
    Academic Reputation 92.9 40%
    Employer Reputation 80.7 10%
    Faculty: Student 49.1 20%
    Citations per Faculty 43.9 20%
    International Faculty 56.2 5%
    International Students 36.2 5%
    Overall Score 68.9

    The graduate employability is however, judged on the following parameters:

    Parameter Score Weightage
    Employer Reputation 81.5 30%
    Alumni Outcome 47.4 25%
    Partnership with Employers 55.3 25%
    Employer Student Connections - 10%
    Graduate Employment Rate - 10%
    Overall Score 51.8 to 53.6

    Graduate Employability rankings are suggestive of the placement and career post completion of graduate programs from LMU. There has been a drop observed in the employability rankings of the university, but the university is still among the top 5 German universities placed in QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020.

    LMU Munich Ranking: US News

    Currently ranking #43 as per US News Best Global University Rankings, LMU is also recognized #1 by US News as Best Global Universities in Germany. The ranking criteria for US News is:

    Ranking Indicators Relative Ranks Weightage
    Global research reputation #64 12.5%
    Regional research reputation #5 12.5%
    Publications #62 10%
    Books #131 2.5%
    Conferences #306 2.5%
    Normalized citation impact #151 10%
    Total Citations #57 7.5%
    Number of publications among 10% most cited #50 12.5%
    Percentage of total publication that are among 10% most cited #95 10%
    International collaboration- relative to country #424 5%
    International collaboration #238 5%
    Number of highly cited papers among top 1% of the field #46 5%
    Percentage of total publications that are among top 1% most highly cited papers #124 5%

    These thirteen indicators cater to a wide variety of aspects which help in calculating an institutes best overall rankings. LMU Munich is also recognized as 11th best Global Universities in Europe by US News Rankings 2020.

    LMU Munich Ranking: Times Higher Education

    LMU Munich has been ranking #32 position consecutively for 2 years (2019 & 2020) as per Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The criteria used includes judging the university for its teaching, research, international outlook, citations, and industry income.

    The scores obtained on these criteria by Ludwig Maximilian University are depicted in the graph below:

    THE Ranking Criteria- Ludwig Maximilian University

    The overall score obtained by LMU Munich as per THE ranking criteria is 77.8. The University was also recognized among World Reputation Rankings 2019 by THE at #43rd.

    LMU Munich Ranking: CWUR

    Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) positions LMU #49 across the globe and #1 within Germany. The ranking criteria is based on the following parameters:

    • Quality of Education Rank: #72
    • Alumni Employment Rank: #266
    • Quality of Faculty Rank: #66
    • Research Performance Rank: #47

    The overall score obtained by LMU is 84.7.

    LMU Munich Ranking: ARWU

    As per Shanghai Rankings or Academic Ranking of World Universities, LMU ranks #52 in the world (2019). The change in LMU ranking for over the years as per ARWU is depicted below:

    LMU Munich Ranking ARWU

    LMU Munich National Rankings

    Where LMU Munich has made its mark among globally best ranking institutions, it is leading among the top universities in Germany. For the past several years, every long-standing and influential ranking system has placed LMU in its Top 5 universities in Germany for international students.

    As per recent LMU Munich Rankings in Germany, the university has come out at a top-echelon nationally are:

    Agency Rank
    QS (2021) #2
    THE (2020) #1
    CWUR (2020) #1
    US News (2020) #1

    LMU Munich Ranking: Subject-Wise

    Some of the top ranking subjects to choose from when planning to take admissions with Ludwig Maximilian University have been discussed below:

    QS WUR by Subject Rankings

    The top subjects offered at LMU Munich as per QS rankings are:

    • Classic and Ancient History- #5
    • Philosophy- #14
    • Physics & Astronomy- #22
    • Biological Science- #25
    • Communication and Media Studies- #25
    • Veterinary Science- #30
    • Life Science and Medicine- #33
    • History- #34
    • Natural Sciences- #36
    • Modern Languages- #36

    US News Subject Rankings

    • Physics- #22
    • Molecular Biology & Genetics- #26
    • Neuroscience & Behavior- #28
    • Space Science- #28
    • Biology & Biochemistry- #35
    • Psychology- #35
    • Oncology- #44

    As per above mentioned rankings, it can be considered that science programs at LMU are recognized across the world. The university’s focus has been on natural sciences since the end of the 18th century. With the development of German Universities Excellence Initiative, LMU has been poured with funding.


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