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There are many dif­fer­ent higher edu­ca­tion rank­ings. Some of them are sub­ject spe­cific, i.e. they fo­cus on in­di­vidual dis­cip­lines, for in­stance busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion or phys­ics. Other rank­ings are whole-uni­versity rank­ings that com­pare entire uni­versit­ies, regard­less of their dis­cip­lin­ary fo­cus. Many rank­ings list the top 50, 100, or 1,000 in­sti­tu­tions ac­cord­ing to the cri­teria ap­plied, while oth­ers rank the uni­versit­ies covered in groups, for in­stance A-E, 1-3, or top, middle, and bot­tom groups.

Some rank­ings fo­cus ex­clus­ively on aca­demic pub­lic­a­tions, while oth­ers look spe­cific­ally at cri­teria such as gradu­ates’ job suc­cess rates. Many use a mix of in­dic­at­ors cov­er­ing a range of dif­fer­ent areas and assess­ment meth­ods: stu­dent sur­veys on teach­ing qual­ity, stat­ist­ics provided by the uni­versit­ies, e.g. on fac­ulty num­bers, and pub­lic­a­tion data ob­tained from in­ter­na­tional data­bases.

The wide vari­ety of dif­fer­ent ap­proaches clearly shows that there is no single “most im­port­ant” rank­ing, and no single “cor­rect” method for com­par­ing and rank­ing uni­versit­ies. Higher edu­ca­tion rank­ings are by ne­ces­sity se­lect­ive in the per­spect­ive they ad­opt, and they can only show part of the pic­ture. In a way, they are like a kal­eido­scope: Just a little twist in one dir­ec­tion or the other can com­pletely change what you see. In this sense, rank­ings paint a pic­ture that is never the full truth, but never com­pletely wrong either.

WU is lis­ted in a large num­ber of dif­fer­ent rank­ings. We are pleased with our good rank­ing res­ults, but we also know that it is ne­ces­sary to keep a crit­ical eye on the vari­ous rank­ings and in­dic­at­ors and on how the dif­fer­ent rank­ing pro­viders develop their re­spect­ive ap­proaches. In the fol­low­ing you find an over­view of WU’s cur­rent pos­i­tions in ma­jor rank­ings:

Fin­an­cial Times Rank­ing

Mas­ters in Man­age­ment Rank­ing 2018

  • WU Mas­ter’s in In­ter­na­tional Man­age­ment placed 13th out of 100 pro­grams (2nd place in the Ger­man-speak­ing area)

European Busi­ness School Rank­ing 2017

  • WU placed 44th of 95 European schools ranked

  • WU is one of eleven Ger­man-speak­ing uni­versit­ies ranked

Ex­ec­ut­ive MBA Rank­ing 2017

  • The Ex­ec­ut­ive MBA pro­gram offered by the WU Ex­ec­ut­ive Academy placed 58th out of the top 100 ex­ec­ut­ive MBA pro­grams in the world

Han­dels­blatt Rank­ing

  • 2014 Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion Rank­ing (BWL 2014): 4th place

  • 2017 Eco­nom­ics Rank­ing (VWL 2017): 15th place

QS Rank­ings

QS World Uni­versity Rank­ing by Sub­ject 2017-2018

  • in Busi­ness & Man­age­ment Stud­ies: group 51 - 100

  • in Ac­count­ing & Fin­ance: group 101 - 150

  • Eco­nom­ics & Econo­met­rics: group 101-150

  • Com­puter Sciences & In­form­a­tion Sys­tems: group 401 - 450

  • Law & Legal Stud­ies: group 251 - 300

QS Pro­gram Rank­ings

  • Mas­ters in Fin­ance 2018: 22

  • Mas­ters in Man­age­ment 2018: 17

  • Global EMBA Rank­ing/Joint Pro­grams 2018: 13

Shang­hai Aca­demic Rank­ing of World Uni­versit­ies in

Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion 2018

  • WU placed among the top 101-150 uni­versit­ies

Eco­nom­ics 2018

  • WU placed among the top 201-300 uni­versit­ies

Fin­ance 2018

  • WU placed among the top 101-150 uni­versit­ies

Man­age­ment 2018

  • WU placed among the top 101-150 uni­versit­ies

Format Uni-Rank­ing 2014

  • WU’s pro­grams in In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion (bach­elor’s level) and Busi­ness Law (bach­elor’s and mas­ter’s levels): 2nd place

  • WU’s pro­gram in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion (bach­elor’s level): 8th place

  • WU oc­cu­pies 7 out of a total of 30 places