Catalogue of criteria

The decision for a university is based on a large number of criteria. The CHE University Ranking has up to 34 different assessment criteria (so-called Indicators) for each university. The Decision-Making Model allows them to be thematically summarised in nine modules. These Indicators are explained here.


  • Job market and career-orientation

    The transition into the job market and the career orientation of the academic studies are important orientation points. The range of career-orientated events and the opinions of the students were determined.

  • Equipment

    The library is important for research for written examinations and papers. The number and equipment of the computer and laboratory places also decides how quickly one can study. That is why CHE examined the quality of the equipment and assessed the opinion of the professors and students.

  • Research

    Some prospective students, who in the long term are aiming at a doctor's degree or are interested in working as a student assistant, look for a research-orientated tertiary institution. It was determined how much third party funding is available, where the most doctor's degrees are undertaken and published and how many patents have been submitted.

  • International orientation

    The study shows which institutions are particularly committed in this increasingly important area. Where are foreign language degree courses offered? How comprehensive is the offered range of foreign languages? Will my studies be recognised by higher education institutions abroad?

  • Result of study

    The person who selects a tertiary institution would like to know what chances there are of a successful and fast degree. For this reason the average duration of studies and the average grade in exams were examined amongst other things.

  • Study location and higher education institution

    An important question for prospective students: Where do I feel most comfortable? A total of 257 higher education locations are described. It is a city or a small town? How high is the student proportion in the population? How do the students live: In a shared apartment or with parents? How do most of them get to university? What sports are offered? What costs arise?

  • Students

    The size of the area of studies and the combination of the student body can also play a decisive role in the selection of a tertiary institution. Am I going to be one of 50 students or one of 5000 students? How high is the proportion of women amongst the fellow students?

  • Academic studies and teaching

    First-year students are interested in the opinion of professors and students of their faculty. Therefore not only were facts included in the survey, but students were asked their opinion for example also of the quality of the range of courses and the support situation.

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