Jacobs University achieves great results in new international university ranking

The first U-Multirank evaluation focused on the areas of Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Business Studies

Jacobs University has performed very well in a number of areas in the new global university ranking U-Multirank. The results of the new ranking, developed by the Dutch Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) and the German Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE), have just been published. The first evaluation focused on the areas of Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Business Studies. Jacobs University’s study programs within these subject areas achieve great results in the ranking.

May 15, 2014

Jacobs University got top marks in Electrical Engineering. The students rated the Student-staff ratio as very positive, which also contributed to students being able to graduate on time. “Be it in the classroom, the lab or elsewhere on campus, students can easily, informally and often meet with lecturers and professors to discuss the content of courses, ask for further guidance on professional choices, or just debate any scientific subject they feel passionate about,” says Giuseppe Abreu, Professor of Electrical Engineering.

Students also highly rated research in their study programs and gave top marks in almost all research categories of U-Multirank. The area of Electrical Engineering is represented at Jacobs University by three study programs: Electrical and Computer Engineering (BSc), Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (BSc) and Communication, Systems, and Electronics (MSc, Integrated PhD).

Physics also takes up a top position. Students in this subject area are particularly pleased with the quality of courses and teaching. Jacobs University offers two study programs in the areas of Physics – Physics (BSc) and Physical Sciences (MSc, Integrated PhD). Peter Schupp, Professor of Physics and coordinator of the study program Physics: “We are very happy about the great results for our physics programs in the U-Multirank survey. We have received good and very good ratings in almost all categories within the Teaching & Learning section. We can also be proud that our students finish their challenging studies on time. Internationally we are top of the class in that respect.”

Students also regard the organization of their programs and the contact with teachers as very strong points. “The great results for our study programs in Physics show that we are on the right track. Our students particularly benefit from being involved in research from an early point in their studies and that they can apply their newly acquired knowledge in a practical way,” comments Jürgen Fritz, Professor of Biophysics and also coordinator for Physics. “Our study programs are an ideal stepping stone for entering professional life or for continue studying at top university worldwide.”

For the subject area of Business Studies, the study program Global Economic and Management (GEM) has been evaluated in the U-Multirank poll. The program only recently received great scores in the German CHE Ranking. In the new international survey GEM can now mirror these results. The young study program received very good results in many categories of the research section of U-Multirank.

Welf Werner, Professor of International Economics and GEM-coordinator, says: “GEM is a real success story as shown in the rankings. I am especially happy about GEM earning top scores for the Quality of Courses and Teaching as well as for the category Inclusion of Work / Practical Experience. After only a short period of time the study program is very well positioned, also in terms of student applications. Through our transdisciplinary approach we have become an insider’s tip among the many business study programs.”

About U-Multirank
U-Multirank is prepared with seed funding from the European Union and led by a consortium headed by Professor Dr. Frans van Vught of the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) in the Netherlands and Professor Dr. Frank Ziegele of the Centre for Higher Education (CHE) in Germany. U-Multirank is based on a methodology that reflects both the diversity of higher education institutions and the variety of dimensions of university excellence in an international context. The data included in U-Multirank are drawn from a number of sources, providing users with a comprehensive set of information: information supplied by institutions; data from international bibliometric and patent data bases; and surveys of more than 60,000 students at participating universities – one of the largest samples in the world offering students a unique peer perspective.
More info: www.umultirank.eu