Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022 - Top result with 1st place in Germany and 38th place worldwide

In the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2023, the University of Konstanz achieved the 1st place nationwide in the category "Political Sciences".  With the 38th place, the department reaches the worldwide top 50. These results reinforce the department's claim to be a top location for political science and public administration in Germany. The department was able to even surpass its very good results from the previous year (2022: 42nd place globally; 2nd place nationally). In the category "Public Administration", the University of Konstanz achieved, as in the previous year, a place in the global ranking group 51-75. Among German universities, this corresponds to ranking group 2-3 and is also an improvement compared to the previous year (2022 ranking: group 3-4 nationally).

The Shanghai Ranking Consultancy published the current results of its Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) 2023 on 27 October 2023. The ranking assesses the performance strength of higher education institutions in various subject disciplines. Shanghai Ranking Consultancy's GRAS 2023 covers 55 academic subjects in the fields of science, engineering, life sciences, medicine and social sciences. In total, data on more than 5,000 universities from 104 countries and regions were evaluated, of which more than 1,900 universities are listed in the final ranking.

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022 ("Shanghai Ranking")

Academic Ranking of Worls Universities (Shanghai Ranking) 2022:  The department is ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide: Second best German department and number 42 worldwide. This is an outstanding result which shows the excellent study conditions and the high academic output.

CHE-Ranking 2021

The department reaches a very good result in the CHE-ranking, which has been published in May 2021. In nine out of eleven categories, the department is ranked in the top group. The feedback of the students is particularly positive in the areas of study organization, support for study abroad and the library services.

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019 ("Shanghai Ranking")

Academic Ranking of Worls Universities (Shanghai Ranking) 2019:  The department is ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide. Second best German department, behind the University of Mannheim and ahead of the LMU Munich and the FU Berlin.

CHE Ranking

The CHE-University Ranking 2018/2019 was published in May 2018. The University of Konstanz’s Department of Politics and Public Administration has secured top ratings in fourteen of eighteen categories, scoring the best result nation-wide among state-funded universities and thereby confirming the excellent evaluations it has received in various subject rankings in previous years. Both the curriculum and its research reputation have been judged to be excellent. The CHE ranking confirms the department’s strong orientation towards professional and research application, as well as its outstanding general study conditions and its support of students.

In three of the four overall categories, the department is represented in the top group. Only in the category "International orientation" did the department narrowly miss the top group (Konstanz: 4/9); Top group starting from 5/9). This assessment may surprise those familiar with the department's diverse international contacts and study opportunities, especially since with the updated examination regulations, a stay abroad in the bachelor's program is compulsory and the student assessments in the area of "Support for study abroad" have reached a peak of 1.5.

However, a close look at the different categories and areas of the ranking is therefore highly recommended.

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Excellent performance of department in Times Higher Education Ranking 2018

The "THE World University Rankings by Subject 2018" ranks department among best in Germany in Social Sciences. Outstanding results in the following areas: third-party-funding (worldwide # 13, Germany # 1), international outreach (Germany # 3), teaching (Germany # 4), research (Germany # 5).

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CHE Ranking

The CHE-University Ranking 2016/2017 was published in May 2016. The University of Konstanz's department of Political Science and Public Administration was ranked among the best in two out of five areas.

In the area of "International Orientation", the CHE places the department in the middle group. This assessment may surprise those familiar with the department's diverse international contacts and study opportunities. However, further examination of the criteria used by CHE explain this assessment: Initially, individual study programmes are evaluated. A maximum of 13 points are awarded. A study programme belongs to the best if it achieves 6 points or more. The MA-programmes of the department were awarded 10/10 possible points placing them securely in the top group.

However, only BA-programmes are counted in the total evaluation of the department as seen in the overview. The BA-programme of Politics and Public Administration achieved a score of 5, placing it just below the top group. This was partially due to the high number of students (70-80%) that complete a study or work exchange abroad as well as the extensive offering of course held in English hardly being counted towards the evaluation. Furthermore, the students evaluated the department's offerings of foreign exchange opportunities with the outstanding grade of 1.4.

The department achieved a grade of 2.2 in the area of teacher support for student, falling just short of the top group. The nuances found in the CHE grading system make it worth while to examine the rankings in detail, rather than focusing only on the green, yellow and blue groupings.